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11 November
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The WAITING game…

Hi Guys,

So it appears that all the people around me who were due to have their babies AFTER me have all had them ALREADY!… Clearly my baby bump is happy to stay put.  I’m booked in to be induced to kick-start things. I’ve heard mixed reports about this but the majority of people I’ve spoken to have said its not the best experience.

When the hospital have to artificially break your waters there is a greater chance of infection and it is supposed to be more painful.  I’m starting to feel a little nervous that this huge bump has to come out, but I’m trying to focus on the fact that I just want to meet this new person Alex and I have created now.  How amazing does that sound?  I’m also trying to keep pretty busy because I don’t think sitting around just waiting for this little bundle of joy to arrive is going to do me any favours, although I should probably be making the most of it and be relaxing with my feet up. Instead I’m busy packing our house up in anticipation of our move.  There is nothing like being organised!

Something that is particularly starting to drive me crazy (and I don’t want to sound ungrateful for people caring) is the amount of people who keep asking me if there is any news and if the baby has arrived…IF and WHEN there is news of course I would tell people.  I feel like responding saying ‘Yes the baby arrived two weeks ago, I just didn’t want to tell you!’  Sorry for that little rant but if you’ve had a baby, hopefully you will know what I mean or if if you are expecting one, be warned!

As I said, I’m trying to keep busy so aside from packing up our house I have attended a few events; I attended the Hanro Spring/Summer press day which was lovely.  Hanro are a Swiss company I have previously blogged about who make luxury underwear and nightwear.  I picked up a lovely nightie for when I’m in hospital which has been put in my hospital bag.

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On Wednesday evening I went to the Channel 4 Upfront party (that showcased everything that will be on screen in 2014).  It was extremely busy and very noisy, and probably not the best place for a 40-week pregnant lady to be, but nevertheless it was nice to glam up and I wore my gorgeous black lace dress from Seraphine’s LUXE collection.  I bumped in to Gok Wan and his agent Carol at the party.  Although Gok didn’t comment on my outfit, or my ‘bangers’ (as he puts it), his agent had a good feel of my bump and said ‘It’s a boy’!  I think I can now count on one hand the number of people who have said it’s a girl (it’s that few), and I really hope I don’t have too much longer to find out if all these people who have predicted ‘boy’ are right…

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This week I was very lucky to get some really cosy bits from JAMI Clothing, and the items can be dressed up or down.  I was given a couple of pairs of yoga pants, a vest and a hooded top.  Not only are they great for feeling comfortable in now with bump, but they will also be brilliant after the baby has arrived.  Pregnant or not they are worth looking at!

Also this week I did something that I strongly recommend you DON’T do towards the end of your pregnancy – I weighed myself. BIG mistake.  I have put on just over 3 stone – eeeeekkkk.  I wouldn’t let Alex see what the scales said because I was soooo embarrassed and he told me not to be so silly.

I can’t say it made me feel good about myself, and it is actually the first time I have done it since falling pregnant. If you are tempted to do this I really wouldn’t bother!  Unless of course you need to monitor your weight because the hospital have told you to so.  I will be hitting the gym after the baby is born, so fingers crossed I bounce back.

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If anyone else is in a similar position at the moment, waiting for a baby to arrive or even if you’ve been in this position in the past, I would love to for you to share your stories or experiences with me. How far past your due date did you go? Were you induced? How was it and how long did you wait for your bundle of joy to make an appearance?

Until next time… I could still be WAITING, WAITING, WAITING!

Lots of love,

Laura x

TOP TIP Don’t weigh yourself – unless the hospital have asked you to monitor your weight!

06 November
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Celebrating Alex’s birthday where we announced our pregnancy 5 months ago…

Hi everyone!

Five months ago Alex and I officially announced our pregnancy in HELLO! magazine at one of our favourite places, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hook, Hampshire. It was fantastic to return there this past weekend to celebrate Alex’s birthday.

We really love the relaxed, yet outstanding, service of this place. It’s a beautiful country house where families and dogs are most welcome so the three of us, that’s Me, Alex and Alfie our little dog (well four if you include bump too), enjoyed a lovely weekend break that included eating amazing food, relaxing around the pool and taking Alfie for a few walks in the hotel’s beautiful grounds. They not only offer a babysitting service but they also offer a dog sitting service too, so we can’t wait to go back when the baby arrives.

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Last week we completed our hypno-birthing sessions, which we’ve really enjoyed with Teresa Pegrum. I also discovered at my routine antenatal appointment that, although the baby is head down, it is actually in the Right Occiput Anterior position. This basically means that his/her back is towards the right side of my body, it therefore needs to rotate so the back is towards my front. My midwife informed me that if the baby stays where it is, or decides to turn towards my spine (known as back to back), it will be a longer and more painful labour – well that is something to look forward to indeed! In a bid to try and make the little one move, I have been introduced to a website called spinningbabies.com. The website has suggestions of what I can do to try and make the baby move into the optimum position for labour. Crab walking up the stairs (walking sideways) and bouncing on a birthing ball are just two ideas on the site, so I am glad of my recent purchase – my birthing ball from Mama Baby Bliss! It’s certainly coming in handy now.

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned my concerns about Alfie our little dog, and how he would react to the new arrival. I have since invested in a chair from Chicco (that is suitable from birth to 3 years), so I can be sure that the baby is out of reach from him. This little chair is called the ‘Polly Magic’ and I really love it. It has a nice little bar over it with some little toys to keep the baby occupied and I think it will give me piece of mind with the baby being off the floor. Talking of toys, this week I was also given a cute little bubbaroo as well as this little fellow (pictured below), ‘the drool monkey’ (from the online gift shop Cinnamon Sue). It reminds me of something I carried around as a child whilst I sucked my thumb that I called a ‘dah dah’. It’s an organic dribble bid, rattle and comforter all in one – a great idea.

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I have also recently been introduced to saffronbells.com who sell absolutely beautiful gifts for a newborn. Their unisex anklet bracelet with little bells are a wonderful keepsake that can be worn by the child as a bracelet in to the teenage years. I think they are gorgeous and worth a look if you know someone who is expecting and you want to buy them a special present to celebrate their new arrival.

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In other news, we have started to pack up our house in preparation for our house move. Some people have said to me it’s ‘extreme nesting’. As I mentioned in last week’s post, we are purchasing a renovation project. We had an offer on our house within two weeks of putting it on the market and we are really impressed with our estate agents Park and Bailey. We actually have a HELLO! magazine photoshoot at our house with our new arrival in a few weeks so we won’t be moving out before then, but as soon as I can tell you more about our new project I will! My new property renovation show Beat My Build started on Channel 4 this week so hopefully you’ve had a chance to watch it. I don’t just enjoy presenting property shows, I love taking on my own projects too.

This week I have my last voiceover for A Place in the Sun before the baby arrives, and I will also be attending the Channel 4 Upfront party that showcases what is to come next year. I guess this will be my last chance to glam up before the big day!

Well that’s it from me for now.

Lots of love

Laura xxx

09 July
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Feeling hot, hot, hot…

The weather is amazing and I am loving it, but I think that’s because my bump is not that big at the moment. I can imagine that the heat is a struggle for others who are further along in their pregnancy, so I feel for you. One thing I have noticed is that my skin is far more sensitive to the sun, and I’m more susceptible to burning. I have discovered that when you are pregnant the chemical balance of your skin is different due to your hormone levels. So although vitamin D is good, make sure you wear sun block as too much of it isn’t good, and burning your skin is dangerous. I’ll be investigating skin and beauty in a few weeks time, but as promised, this week it is all about dressing for your shape.

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I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to the fact I am feeling a bit insecure about my changing body shape. During pregnancy, cellulite can develop and stretch marks are common too. It is the first time in my life that I’m gaining weight and I have no control over it, but I realise the wellbeing and health of my baby is the most important thing of all. I found the first three months particularly tough as I didn’t really look pregnant, I just looked like I was enjoying married life! My boobs grew ridiculously fast and are so heavy. I can’t say I am looking forward to how heavy they will become later down the line and when I’m breastfeeding!

In the meantime, I have invested in some fantastic bras from Leia in Bluewater. The girls in there are fantastic and there is actually some nice underwear out there for pregnant women. Because my boobs are so heavy I have to wear a bra in bed at night and the best tip the girls gave me was to take the wires out of an underwear bra and wear that. You don’t want wires digging in your milk ducts as you can get uncomfortable infections. If you get an underwired bra that fits correctly you CAN still wear them during the day whilst pregnant. And let’s just remember, just because you are pregnant it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to look fabulous. To help me, and you, out I have enlisted the help of my fabulous personal stylist, Zoe Lem, who has some wise words for us to dress well for our body shapes. Over the coming few posts Zoe will be giving us some fantastic tips and advice on how to identify our shape and then how to dress for it in the best way.

In other news this weekend Alex and I had a great weekend away in Paris. We stayed in the Four Seasons George V, had a fantastic meal in Hotel Costes (Alexa Chung sat behind me!) and we went to see The Crazy Horse. Probably not the best show to watch when I’m getting bigger and there are half naked women on stage! Nevertheless the show was incredible and unsurprisingly Alex loved it…

That’s it from me for now, don’t forget to read my next post in which my stylist Zoe will be helping us dress for our shape! And don’t forget to leave your comments on any of my posts.

Laura x

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02 July
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Back from Fort Boyard with my bump!

Hi All

So I’m back in the UK after a week away filming series ITV of Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge for ITV. It went really well and will be on your screens later in the year, by which time I will be looking somewhat round! If any of you haven’t seen the series, it is action-packed which lots of extreme dares. I can assure all of you that despite being the adrenalin junkie I am, I did not partake in ANY of the challenges.I present the show so I was perfectly safe and I wouldn’t do anything that would put the baby at risk.

I managed to film the series without any of the contestants knowing I was five months pregnant (even though I am sure you’ll be able to tell when the show is televised). laura-1I mentioned in my first post that I am going to be working throughout my pregnancy, right up until the last minute. I know everyone feels differently about this, but I have been extremely lucky to avoid any sickness, I’m feeling really well and therefore more than capable to work. Of course I am putting on weight and I realise the bigger I get, the harder it will be, but I also think that staying active can only benefit the baby and will also make it easier to lose the baby weight afterwards.

As this is my first pregnancy, I’m certainly no expert, so I am doing as much research as I can about everything you can possibly think of including: disposal nappies versus washable ones, breastfeeding, dressing for your shape as it changes over the months (including wearing the right underwear), diet, exercise, skincare and beauty, the nursery and everything you need, baby routines, baby showers and labour!

Each week as well as updating you on what I have been up to work wise, I’m hoping to be able to tell you what I’ve found out and what my opinion is on that particular topic of the week. I appreciate that some of you may not agree or might even have your own opinions and advice for me, which will be gratefully welcomed, so please be sure to leave your comments.

Next week, the first topic I will be tackling is “dressing your shape in pregnancy” with help from my fab stylist Zoe Lem. Zoe styled our recent photoshoot in HELLO! magazine and has worked with lots of different people of varying shapes and sizes. She says “Dressing for ones ever-changing body is hard in both pregnancy and post-baby. Your body changes but your shape beyond the bump remains the same. These days you don’t need to dress in smocks and feel like a big sofa. You can still look great and actually it can be so liberating not having to suck you tummy in for nine months. She will be speaking from experience with a three- and a four-year-old, helping me dress my bump and offering some top pregnancy fashion tips!

 

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In terms of my pregnancy progress, at the end of last week I reached a big milestone. Soon after returning from filming in France, Alex and I had our 20-week scan. So we are halfway. This scan is probably the most important scan you will have during your pregnancy. It’s at this point the sonographer is able to check the development of the baby. This includes the spine, the limbs, the heart and its chambers, the brain and all the other organs. The scan can’t check things like sight and hearing but it is as in depth as it possibly can be. I’m pleased to be able to report that the baby is currently growing nicely. It’s about 20cm head to bottom (or crown to rump as they say), and it has longer than average legs which is unsurprising since his or her daddy is 6’4. In the last week, I also felt the baby move for the first time. The best way to describe it is like a washing machine, it feels like the baby is doing somersaults. When it kicks it feels like a popcorn machine with a sudden pop! And I’m not describing my food cravings – as of yet I haven’t actually had any.

After our incredible scan experience, Alex and I went to Theo Randall’s restaurant with some very good friends. We also enjoyed a chilled weekend together in the sun. Even though things will change when the baby arrives, we will still make sure we have “us” time. However, we are most definitely going to be making the most of spontaneous nights out and weekends away over the coming months! Anyway that is it from me for now. I hope you all have a great week and the sun continues to shine. Don’t forget next week is all about pregnancy style so make sure you check back then. Until next time…

Laura x

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27 June
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It’s official!

Hi everyone,

I am so excited to finally announce exclusively with HELLO! magazine this week that I am pregnant! It’s something my husband Alex and I have had to keep quiet about for the last 5 months – we are bursting with excitement!

I’m also pleased to reveal that I have joined HELLO!’s celebrity blogging team with this here blog. You can follow my pregnancy diary as I embark on this new challenge in my life and discover/research all the bits and pieces I am going to need and the experiences I have along the way as a pregnant woman.

My husband Alex and I

My husband Alex and I

 

I absolutely love my job and am lucky that Alex and my family are very supportive. I will continue to present my usual TV shows, as well as some new ones up until the baby is born, and then will return to work soon after the birth. Lots of other presenters are busy working mums and I will be joining the clan!

I have recently been in France filming the action/adventure show Fort Boyard for ITV so might show you a sneak peek when I can.

Me with my co-host Andy Akinwolere

Me with my co-host Andy Akinwolere

Thank you for all your lovely tweets and congratulation messages so far, it really means a lot.

I hope you enjoy the new blog and please do leave comments and let me know what you think of my posts!

Laura and Bump xxx

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