The TV presenter, author and campaigner talks about the most important new role in her life – being a mum
Katie Piper laughs as she tells us about the time she realised a bib was stuck to her cardigan in the middle of the supermarket. Yep, she is definitely in the new-mum zone, something every parent knows all too well.
The 30-year-old presenter and her partner James are enjoying life with their daughter Belle Elizabeth, now three months and, as she tells us in the new issue of M&B on sale Wednesday 9th July, it’s all an exciting learning curve. We’ve got a sneak peek at what she had to say.
Pregnancy is an amazing time. You have these moments where you’re doing something normal and then you suddenly think, ‘Wow, there’s a heartbeat and life growing inside me’. And it’s really crazy how hungry you get. I’d see an advert for strawberries and would have to have them straight away.
You have these moments where you’re doing something normal and then you suddenly think, ‘Wow, there’s a heartbeat and life growing inside me’
Each day was too unpredictable to fully do Gina Ford. I did read the book but after Belle’s birth I had an operation on my eye, which would disrupt the routine. So, in the end, I ended up letting it go and become guided by my daughter. Some aspects worked – we tried to keep the same bedtime – but in terms of feeding and napping at the same time each day, I just couldn’t do that. And she seems OK.
My partner James loves my nursing chair. He sits in it with his feet up bottle-feeding Belle! I tweeted asking people for their best parenting advice and the thing that kept coming up was investing in a chair. It’s so comfortable – I haven’t had a backache – and we’ll definitely use it even when she grows up.
I felt the mum/baby bond would be there straight away but that’s not always the case. When James went back to work, I was like ‘Oh, it’s just me and you – what do I do?’ It was quite overwhelming, but after those intense first few weeks, you get that lull and I think that’s when you really develop the bond. And it’s a closeness you’ve never experienced before… an unbreakable lovely feeling.
Katie Piper is currently working with the baby specialist Kiddicare to promote its Inspirational Parents campaign, a celebration of the incredible journey that is parenthood.
Read the full interview in the new Mother&Baby, out Wednesday 9th July, where Katie talks about emotional post office moments, baby number two and how her attack has affected her parenting outlook.