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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