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

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Claire Higney

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.”

FAM­ILY TIME

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.

EASY 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!”

STAY­ING STYLISH

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

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