A eventful week of evenings out and helping to try and turn a friend’s breech baby

Wow, have you been to the top of The Shard? On Tuesday I had a lovely ‘business lunch’ in the restaurant Aqua and the views were incredible, I would most definitely recommend visiting. The food was good too, but for me it was more about the setting and the location, absolutely amazing!

It’s been a busy week attending all sorts of events. At the start of the week, I went to the press night for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Wimbledon Theatre and watched my friend Sam Attwater, who is currently on tour with the show and playing the lead role of Adam. The dancing was fantastic and it was lovely to see Sam in action.

 

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On Wednesday morning I went to the opening of Hanro’s first ever London store – Hanro is a Swiss brand famed for it beautiful and simple luxury loungewear and underwear. Throughout my pregnancy, I have been able continue to wear Hanro’s cosy vests and briefs. My absolute favourite is their touch feeling boyleg shorts, they have been perfect for pulling over my growing bump. Alex is a big fan too, he wears their cotton sensations vests and their silk modal pants. Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman love the brand too, and even Marilyn Monroe was a fan back in the day, so we are both in good company!

 

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On Wednesday afternoon I headed over to ITV for a bit of filming with my Fort Boyard co-host Andy Akinwolere. Last year I was part of the Text Santa presenting team and this year it was lovely to be asked back with Andy. ITV are hoping Text Santa will eventually become the channel’s biggest annual fun raising event. Comic Relief is famed for the red nose, and Text Santa is all about the hat! This year Ant and Dec have each designed one and Paul O’Grady has even designed one for pets.

 

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The hats will be available to buy in many stores around the UK and there are loads of great suggestions of ways to help raise money for the 6 different charities who will benefit. Last year over £5 million pounds was raised and hopefully this year even more will be raised. Text Santa will be on ITV in December and mine and Andy’s little shows will be on CITV continually from the middle of November leading up to the transmission of the main show.

 

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On Thursday evening my agents held a 3rd birthday party for their company ‘Champion Talent’. Despite feeling under the weather I made a quick appearance at the event held in the London Cocktail Club just off Oxford Street. The cocktails did look fantastic so maybe it is somewhere to try after the baby is born!

 

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On Friday I treated myself to some much needed rest and relaxation. My friend Jasmine and I (who is due to give birth a week before me), booked a spa day through Spa Break Direct and headed to Grayshott Manor. It was absolutely perfect as we have both been so busy with work. As well as enjoying the spa facilities, we enjoyed a lovely lunch and a couple of relaxing treatments.

 

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Jasmine has recently discovered her baby is breech so is currently trying everything possible to turn the little one around before her due date. Apparently at 28 weeks of gestation, 25% of babies are breech and by 36 weeks there really isn’t much room for the baby to turn. There are several methods that can be tried to help turn a breech baby, these include; having an ECV (external cephalic version) which is when an obstetrician applies pressure on the abdomen to try and turn the baby (this has a 58% success rate), adopting a knee to chest position where you kneel on a bed with your bottom in the air to help tip your baby up and out of your pelvis, OR using a form of acupuncture called Moxibustion. Using Moxibustion is supposed the be the most effective method of all (with an 80% success rate). The idea is to burn a stick of this herb close to a pressure point on your little toe to produce a warming sensation for at least 10 minutes on each foot. This is completely safe and it is suppose to increase your babies movement. It is difficult to do this treatment by yourself with a big bump so I helped Jasmine out when we were at the spa and I really hope it works for her…

 

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On Saturday I visited the Children’s Trust in Tadworth (the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury), to support the Twilight Walk event that was taking place. Over 200 people were taking part in a night walk to help raise vital funds. Had I not been 36 weeks pregnant I would have taken part myself, however it was lovely to be able to see the walkers on the starting line and wish them luck!

 

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On Sunday, Alex and I were lucky enough to be invited to a special performance by The Illusionists at the Hammersmith Apollo. The show was filmed by ITV and will be televised on 21st December. The performers are truly incredible and the show is a MUST SEE!

In other news I am now able to announce that the forth series of Fort Boyard will be on ITV from 20th October every Sunday morning at 8:30am in the run up to Christmas. My new property renovation series Beat my Build will be on Channel 4 from 4th November which is really exciting!

So that is all from me for this week! I hope you enjoy some of my photos. If you like some of the posh frocks I’ve been wearing this week and you want to ‘get my look’, you can purchase Tiffany Rose’s dresses through a website called maternitysupermarket.com (where a percentage of the sales made are donated to the Lullaby Trust). I would also suggest checking out Seraphine’s website and looking at their Luxe collection, they have some lovely cosy knits and jumpers which will be perfect for winter!

Until next week…

Laura xxx

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