CAPTION: Lucy Mecklenburgh shares honest lockdown mum picture one year on

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Lucy Mecklenburgh has shared a honest lockdown mum picture one year on to inspire other new parents to find support.

The former TOWIE star shared the raw selfie of her breastfeeding her baby son Roman while looking visibly upset, with mascara running down her cheek as she comforted him.

But today, she shared took to Instagram story to share the image to show how far she's come in her parenting journey and has praised partner Ryan Thomas for supporting them through it.

She wrote: "One year ago memory on my phone just popped up. 3 months old Roman fully in lockdown feeling very much alone, sleep deprived and overwhelmed."

Lucy Mecklenburgh shared a look back at her tough post-partum days breastfeeding newborn Roman

The mum of one is much happier a year on

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She continued: "I wanted to share as I know there will be new mums feeling like this right now and I can promise you it gets easier. For me it got more manageable, more enjoyable, less repetitive and less demanding. It was hard to reach out for help/support then but now please do!"

Lucy, who has her own fitness brand, Results Wellness Lifestyle, has previously opened up about her mental health and becoming a new mum and admits it was 'tough'.

Lucy is now enjoying motherhood much more than during those early days
(Image: lucymeck1/Instagram)

She told OK: "The whole world went into this lockdown and I had a 10-day-old baby. It was very surreal!

"Thank God Ryan and I made a really good team and we really looked out for each other. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it without him."

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Lucy today shared an adorable silent Instagram story video of her stroking a sleeping Roman with his head gently resting against her shoulder.

The star has clearly come to grips with motherhood and even shared a shot of her breastfeeding Roman and impressively getting in some gym moves.

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She captioned the image: "Mama multitasking at its best!! Bicycle crunches & breastfeeding.

"So glad @ryanthomas84 got this photo! I love it"

Lucy says her new fitness regime has helped her physically and mentally, and she's lost four stone since giving birth to Roman.

Impressive mum multitasking as she fits in a work out while breastfeeding

But she assured fans she didn't put too much pressure on herself, as it just 'fell off' while being an active mum.

She added: "I think mental health is definitely something I had to focus on, and working out just makes me feel better and more positive."

Lucy and Ryan have been together since 2017 after they met while participating in Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls together.

Ryan is also dad to Scarlett, 12, with his ex Tina O'Brien.