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Christine McGuinness opened up about her twins' autism diagnosis
The 29-year-old mother-of-three recently shared the news of four-year-old Leo and Penelope's diagnosis in a poignant Instagram post.
She has now revealed that she and comedian Paddy, 43, had wanted to expand their brood, but have been forced to rethink their plans.
"We really wanted a big family. We wanted eight children," she told The Mirror. "We just thought we could keep going but…"
Christine admitted that dealing with the twins' challenging demands as a result of their condition meant that the couple were already spread thin, saying: "We've had to reconsider plans because the twins need us and we are stretched as it is.
Christine said that she and Paddy McGuinness had wanted to expand their brood
She and Paddy have three children
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"Sometimes we are exhausted. It wouldn't be fair to have more."
She added that she had always known she wanted a big family since she first fell pregnant.
Speaking out about the struggle of coping with the twins' autism, Christine, who gave birth to the couple's third child Felicity last September, said: "I never let my husband or the children see me cry, that's not going to help anyone."
She and Paddy have considered going to counselling in order to help them cope with the trauma of the diagnosis, as she admitted that the Take Me Out host was having a tough time adjusting to their challenging home life.
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Christine spoke out the diagnosis on Loose Women recently
"Performing is something he has struggled with when the twins have had a bad time or been unhappy," she confessed. "He has to go off and make people laugh, which shows ow professional he is.
"I wouldn't be able to do it. I don't know how he does," she added. "It's been tough for both of us but he has struggled more lately, just with knowing it is forever."
The blonde beauty went on to express her hopes that the twins starting school in September would ease the load, saying: "An extra pair of hands would benefit the twins but for now we are managing as best we can."
Christine recently spoke out about living with the twins' diagnosis in a frank discussion with the Loose Women panel.