04 February 2020

Loughborough Lightning fan favourite Lauren Nicholls shares struggles of balancing her netball career with motherhood

Loughborough Lightning netball star Lauren Nicholls has spoken of the difficulties she has faced as a new mother returning to the court after giving birth to her first child, Maya, in August.

Nicholls - nicknamed 'Steaders' - made her return to competition this weekend in a tri-tournament with Team Bath and Strathclyde Sirens following a maternity break in 2019 but has since shared on Twitter that coming back has been much more difficult than it seems.

In a Twitter post captioned '4am Thoughts: Instagram v Reality' the new mum added a photo of her and Maya holding hands with the time displaying 04:21 followed by a lengthy background tale to the photo.

Lauren holds hands with baby Maya (twitter: @steaders_1)

She wrote: "What you see: Maya looking cute after my first time back on court for Lightning after having her."

This was followed up with a long explanation of what happens behind the scenes, entitled 'What you don't see'.

What you see and what you don't see (Twitter: @steaders_1)

However, she remained positive that everything would fall into place and she would find a new routine adding: "I'm sure my Game Day routine used to involve: nice long shower/painting my nails/grab some food/watching some video clips...so it's pretty different now.

"And I wouldn't change it for the world," she added.

Nicholls continued her explanation in a second photo on Twitter (Twitter: @steaders_1)

"I love being Maya's Mum and I'm muddling through the crazy and wonderful journey that is Motherhood," she wrote

Nicholls rounded off with a reassuring note about how much she enjoys being a mother (Twitter: @steaders_1)

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