MAFS’ Melissa tears up detailing ‘awful’ struggle as a mum: ‘So hard’

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Just a few weeks after bringing her newborn sons Levi and Tate home from the hospital, Melissa Rawson has opened up about a major issue she’s been dealing with as a new mum.

The former Married At First Sight bride, who welcomed her twins with Bryce Ruthven back in October, took to Instagram on Thursday to answer fan questions and admitted that she’s struggling with sleep deprivation.

MAFS' Melissa Rawson and Bryce Ruthven with their twins.
Melissa Rawson admitted that she’s having difficulties sleeping since becoming a new mum. Photo: Instagram/lissrawson

“I have to say honestly, motherhood is just amazing and I love my twins more than anything. I have a new love for Bryce, it’s just so amazing. But…” she began.

“I know that having newborns, even one baby, you will not get any sleep, especially in that newborn phase. But this is a whole new level for me.”


Melissa went on to say that she currently gets an average of “an hour and a half to two hours” of sleep each night, which makes her feel “so awful”.

“It’s hard,” she confessed while holding back tears. “Even with Bryce helping me, I just get that mum hearing where every noise that they make I'm awake and I just can't get back to sleep.

“Last night was a perfect example. Levi did not sleep from about 1:30am until about 9am. I can't tell you how many times I was sobbing last night.”

Melissa Rawson's Instagram stories.
Melissa teared up while talking about her struggle. Photos: Instagram/lissrawson

The reality TV star, who also said throughout the Q&A that she and Bryce are happy having just two children, brought up the issue while answering the fan question: ‘How are you coping?’.

“I know this won't last forever, I know this is just temporary with them being newborns and this phase will end soon, but it’s so hard,” she continued while trying not to cry.

“I’m so lucky that I do have such an amazing support system around me where I can call anybody up and they will come over and look after the boys to let me sleep, but I don't want to sleep. I just want to spend as much time with them as I can.”

Melissa’s candid Instagram Stories come after she spoke on her and Bryce’s podcast, What Happens After…, about feeling “attacked” and “humiliated” by mum shamers online.

MAFS' Melissa and Bryce with their sons.
Melissa said on her podcast that she’s felt “attacked” and “humiliated” by mum shamers online recently. Photo: Instagram/lissrawson

The new parents received mass backlash for attending a Melbourne boxing match earlier this month, which resulted in Bryce getting involved in a physical altercation with his former MAFS rival, Sam Carraro.

“Wow, I've never ever felt so attacked, hurt and humiliated by other people on social media,” Melissa said.

“How I should be raising my children or what I should be doing or, you know, where I can go ... I thought everything after MAFS was bad. This is worse. I copped hate during MAFS, but this is a different level of hate.

"You’re definitely entitled to your opinion, but don't sprout your own personal opinions and beliefs onto my page because I have no issues with blocking you.”

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