SARAH HARRIS: “I’M SO HELPLESSLY IN LOVE”
TV presenter Sarah Harris shares how her life has changed for the better after the birth of her son, Paul
The TV presenter on how son Paul changed her life
STUDIO 10 HOST SARAH HARRIS, 35, AND HER HUSBAND, TOM WARD, 37, WELCOMED THEIR FIRST CHILD, PAUL WILLIAM WARD, INTO THE WORLD ON DECEMBER 16, 2015. SARAH OPENS UP TO M&B ABOUT AN EARLY SCARE, HER VERY PUBLIC PREGNANCY JOURNEY AND EMBRACING HER NEW LIFE AS A MUM.
After being married for a year, Tom and I thought it was about time we start trying for a baby, and it happened pretty quickly, which was great! About seven weeks in, though, I had some complications and thought I’d lost the baby – that was really scary. It was the day before the Logies and I hadn’t told anyone at work I was pregnant. I had to ring my boss and tell him I couldn’t come. I was on doctor’s orders to take it pretty slow for the next eight weeks after that. It was only after 15 weeks, when I knew Paul was okay, that I announced I was pregnant.
BOY OR GIRL?
I had to find out what I was having – I’m hopeless! I didn’t feel him kicking until about 21 weeks so finding out that there was a little boy in there meant I could bond with him a bit more, and I was so excited to meet Paul. He would move constantly – he was such a kicker!
I had a pretty easy pregnancy. Apart from the complications at the start and some queasiness that lasted all day, I was okay… which was good, because I get up at 5am every day and in my job you have to be very sunny, upbeat and ‘on’! But I wasn’t prepared for the extreme exhaustion I felt. No-one tells you how tired you’re going to be. I’d come home from work and have a two-hour sleep in the afternoon and then go back to bed at 6pm. I don’t know how mums do it when they’re on their second or third. You can’t just lie down – you’ve got another little one to run after!
I went into labour 10 days early. I was drinking red raspberry leaf tea – it actually worked for me. I wanted to go to the hospital early because it was so hot. On the Friday, we had this big baby shower episode [on Studio 10] and by that stage it was hard to walk in heels and I was sick of wearing Spanx – I was just over it. I went into labour the following Tuesday, after I woke up in the middle of the night with what I thought were indigestion pains. I kept trying to sleep, but at 7am I rang the midwives and they asked if my waters had broken. When I said no, they said there was nothing they could do and that it was probably pre-labour. I thought, ‘If this is pre-labour, this is going to be full-on!’
I left it another half hour then told my husband to get ready. He insisted on a shower and a shave. By the time we got into the car, I was in a lot of pain. When we got to the hospital, I found out I was already 7cm dilated.
I must have been too late for an epidural because it didn’t work, so I just had gas. Paul was a big baby (4.23kg) and he kept flipping around, posterior. At one stage, I was told I’d have to be rushed in for an emergency C-section, but thankfully I didn’t end up needing one.
I didn’t have a birth plan; I just thought I’d wing it. I probably should have put in a bit more prep, though! I get anxious about things; it’s part of my personality. But when you’re up against Mother Nature, you’re not in control of anything and you don’t know how you’re going to react.
SARAH WEARS Witchery knit, $69.95; Zara ‘Damages’ skinny jeans, $49.95; Sambag ‘Tina’ snake-embossed nubuck shoes, $190 PAUL WEARS Babies”R”Us ‘Anchor’ shirt, $16.99, and suspender pants, $19.99
SARAH WEARS Witchery blouse, $99.95; Coco Ribbon ‘Toscana’ shearling gilet, $1495; Sambag ‘Jo’ leather leggings, $700, and ‘Tina’ snake-embossed nubuck shoes, $190 PAUL WEARS Babies”R”Us bodysuit (pack of four), $19.99