Baby steps

Stu­dio 10’s Sarah Har­ris pre­pares for baby num­ber two and a new sea­son of Shark Tank


An early night at this year’s Lo­gies was the first clue Sarah Har­ris’ life was about to change … again.

The Stu­dio 10 pre­sen­ter, who has con­firmed she’s ex­pect­ing her sec­ond child, was cel­e­brat­ing the best year of her ca­reer yet — nom­i­nated as one of the most pop­u­lar TV pre­sen­ters in Aus­tralia for her role on Ten’s morn­ing show and the prime-time re­al­ity se­ries Shark Tank.

But what she put down to anx­i­ety and nerves on TV’s night of nights was ac­tu­ally the early stages of preg­nancy.

“As soon as the cer­e­mony was over, I went straight back to the ho­tel and straight to bed. And this year was the year I wasn’t breast­feed­ing, I didn’t have [son] Paul with me, so I could kick on … but it wasn’t to be and now I know why,” she tells Switched On, over­joyed.

De­scrib­ing her lat­est con­cep­tion as “a happy ac­ci­dent”, Har­ris and her IT spe­cial­ist hus­band, Tom Ward, had been aim­ing to add to the fam­ily “some­time this year” but, as she ex­plained, “Life is what hap­pens when you’re busy mak­ing plans.

“It was much sooner than I ex­pected so I’ll have a twoyear-old and a new­born, which is go­ing to be fun, but re­ally I’m just happy that ev­ery­thing is pro­gress­ing well.”

Har­ris was heav­ily preg­nant with her first child dur­ing film­ing of the first sea­son of

Shark Tank two years ago. She says it’s a tes­ta­ment to the sup­port she has re­ceived from Ten’s man­age­ment, which en­abled her to jug­gle the two pro­grams, that she came back to both roles af­ter four months’ ma­ter­nity leave.

“I was 35 weeks preg­nant [in sea­son one], I couldn’t even do up my high heels be­cause my an­kles were so swollen,” she re­calls.

It was Ten’s chief pro­gram­ming of­fi­cer, Bev­er­ley Mc­Gar­vey — who had her own two chil­dren in quick suc­ces­sion — who en­cour­aged Har­ris to keep go­ing on air.

“I said to her, ‘But I’m go­ing to be huge,’ and she said, ‘Well, peo­ple have ba­bies all the time.’ ” Har­ris says.

Still, she ad­mits tak­ing a preg­nant pause dur­ing her pro­fes­sional prime is not with­out a worry.

“I think any woman who says step­ping aside and tak­ing time away from her ca­reer to have a child and doesn’t feel a lit­tle in­se­cu­rity about that is ly­ing,” Har­ris ad­mits, frankly.

“One of my dear­est friends, [for­mer Week­end Sun­rise news­reader] Talitha Cum­mins just went through a very high pro­file un­fair dis­missal case.

“I’d like to think we’ve moved on from those days.”

Hid­ing the bump on air the sec­ond time around has also been trick­ier, with Har­ris re­lieved the news is now out.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to not hav­ing to suck my gut in on tele­vi­sion, that’s for sure. No one tells you that you pop at eight weeks the sec­ond time around be­cause your body’s so de­stroyed by the first one,” she laughs.


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