Emmerdale star Amy Walsh opens up over real-life parenting challenges

Emmerdale‘s Amy Walsh has opened up about the challenges of motherhood.

The actress, who plays Tracy Metcalfe on the ITV soap, and her fiancé Toby-Alexander Smith (EastEnders) welcomed their daughter Bonnie last December, though Amy admits that parenting is “way harder” than she initially thought it would be.

“I’m like a second mum to my nephews,” she told OK! Magazine. “I’ve always been really hands-on with them so I thought I had a clue but it’s been way harder than I imagined.”

Amy went on to reveal that breastfeeding Bonnie was “tricky” and “took its toll”, which eventually made sense when she discovered that Bonnie had a milk intolerance and was tongue-tied.

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She continued: “She was uncomfortable with her tummy too and we didn’t know why until we found out she had a milk intolerance. All that teamed with pure exhaustion and sleep deprivation was really tough.

“I didn’t leave the house for eight months, barely, and if I did, it’d be a couple of hours close by so I could rush home if she needed me.

“Everyone was telling me, ‘Once you get to six months you’ll be fine’, but at six months it was still really hard. I did a postnatal depression storyline as Tracy while I was pregnant and did loads of research, but I still didn’t know what I was walking into. I was like, ‘Wow, this is hard’.

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It wasn’t until Amy and Toby found a sleep expert that Bonnie began sleeping through the night and the couple finally got their “evenings back”.

Amy added: “We’re enjoying her so much more and she’s so much happier. It’s not to say we didn’t enjoy the first eight months, we’ve just found it a bit tougher.”

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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