Katie: “Being a mum is everything to me”
Inspirational campaigner and TV presenter Katie Piper talks to us about her pregnancy joy after worrying she wouldn’t be able to have more children
She’s expecting her second S child in December, and for Katie Piper it’s the best Christmas present she could have wished for after fears that she may not be able to conceive again.
The 33-year-old, who already has an adorable three-year-old daughter, Belle, with husband Richard Sutton, says, “For me, this pregnancy took quite a long time – we were trying for about a year and a half. Having spoken to other mums, I’ve realised it’s quite common, but I think people just don’t talk about it.”
For Katie, becoming a mum has extra poignancy after she suffered a horrific acid attack in March 2008. The ordeal, which was carried out on the order of an ex-boyfriend, left her partially blind and with permanent scarring. Doctors warned her that the drugs she needed during the early stages of her recovery might leave her infertile.
“Being a mum is everything to me. I absolutely adore Belle,” says Katie. “We wanted another child, but if it didn’t happen, we knew we’d been blessed with Belle.”
She adds, “She is my little best friend and we have a great time together. She’s obsessed with doing my hair and make-up, and I sit there thinking, ‘Why am I letting her smear lipstick across my face and put ten scrunchies in my hair?’ But we have such a laugh when we see the end result!”
Katie and Richard, who wed in 2015, have decided to wait until the birth to find out the sex of their baby, but Belle already has a name picked out, thanks to her favourite Disney film.
“There have been SO many name suggestions – Moana being one, as she can’t get enough of the film!” says Katie, laughing.
“She changes her mind from day to day about whether she wants a brother or a sister, but she talks a lot to the bump, and it’s really nice to share the journey with her.
“She’s likely to be a bit jealous, but I know she’s going to love being an older sister, as she’s always got her baby doll and pram with her, and has been telling everyone that she’s pregnant, too!”
Sadly, Katie continues to suffer the consequences of the acid attack nine years ago – she’s had more than 250 operations on her face, and scar tissue in her stomach means she’ll need a Caesarean to deliver her baby, as she did with Belle. But she’s not fazed by the prospect of surgery.
“Whether it’s a natural labour or a C-section, it’s the same result – you get your baby at the end. So whatever way it had to happen I was happy to go through it to become a mum,” says Katie. “I’ve had surgery before on my stomach and abdomen, so when I had Belle, I was like, ‘This is the easiest surgery I’ve ever had.’ It was a walk in the park! So, I’m not nervous at all. I’m just really looking forward to the lovely little one that we’ll have at the end of it. And I know my amazing husband, family and friends will be there to help after the birth.”
Apart from the usual morning sickness in the first trimester, Katie’s pregnancy has been smooth sailing, helped along by carbs and chocolate.
“I had so many good intentions, but there have been so many croissants, cakes, bread and biscuits,” she admits. “I just think you’ve got to go with it and eat what makes you feel good. I still have nutritious meals with lots of veg, but there’s always a chocolate bar afterwards!”
So has Katie embraced her changing figure or struggled with the challenges of a growing bump? “If I’m honest, at times I’ve loved it, and at other times I’ve just felt really rubbish because my clothes don’t look
like they used to, but you have to put it into perspective,” she says.
Katie adds, “I’m a lot heavier at this stage, so I get tired and it’s hard to do up my shoes. I’m feeling it now, and I want to have the baby!”
Fashion is something Katie has always been passionate about, and she’s recently teamed up with Want That Trend to design a maternity range called Mother, with £1 of every sale being donated to The Katie Piper Foundation to support her work with burns victims.
She says, “Clothes are really important to me, as I’ve used them to express myself and make me feel more confident in my life. And when you’re pregnant, it shouldn’t be about shoving on any old thing that fits. ”
And Katie is determined to keep working once baby number two arrives. “I’m starting my live speaking tour, Katie Piper: What’s In My Head, in March, so I’ll be back to work with the little one by my side, which is so exciting!” ● The Katie Piper Mother Maternity Collection is available at www.wantthattrend.com
The couple have been married since 2015 her Playing with daughter, Belle She’s been doing gentle exercises while pregnant