Breastfeeding, pregnancy and finding the right person to start a family with. Welcome to Tamara Ecclestone’s motherhood
The star of M&B’s photo shoot is as happy as can be, lying on a sofa having her tummy and feet tickled by her mum.
Meet 15-week-old Sophia. And her mum, Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone. But despite her lavish lifestyle, Tamara, 30, is firmly in the new parent bubble with her husband Jay Rutland and their daughter. A hands-on mum (yes, really!) who falls asleep on the sofa at 7pm and sings Build Me Up Buttercup during bathtime.
Here, she talks to M&B about pregnancy nausea, her birth and breastfeeding wherever, whenever. Pick up the new issue, out Wednesday, for the full interview – and to find out why Puff Daddy’s the best party guest when you have a baby.
I love children, but I was never desperate to start a family. I just knew it would happen at the right time. Then when I met Jay, that’s when I really wanted it – I thought he was the right person and would be an amazing dad. He’s warm, really good with kids and doesn’t get fazed easily – he helped with my niece’s nappies and she’s not even his baby, so I thought that was a good sign!
Jay helped with my niece’s nappies and she’s not even his baby, so I thought that was a good sign!
Everything made me feel sick for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. I used to have a coffee every morning but the smell made me so nauseous. I couldn’t even smell Jay’s aftershave. But after that period, I really enjoyed it – the first time I felt her kick, the scans, watching her grow…
Sophia was breech so I had a planned Caesarean. I was really nervous as it’s a major operation, but I just thought the end result is the same – it’s about getting her out quickly and safely. Jay cut the umbilical cord and filmed the birth. Then my mum and sister came in after she was born. It was so emotional having a new little girl with us.
I breastfeed Sophia everywhere – on the side of the road, at the beach, in restaurants… I only thought I’d breastfeed for a few months, but now I can’t imagine not doing it. I love the bonding time with her. When my baby’s hungry I don’t give a sh*t about anything else – she’s my main concern.
Photography: Peter Pedonomou
Read the full interview in the new issue of Mother&Baby magazine, out Wednesday 6th August.