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

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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.

EARLY DAYS

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!

EX­TREME EX­HAUS­TION

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!

EARLY DE­LIV­ERY

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.

LABOUR-ROOM SUR­PRISES

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

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