Kirsty Gallacher – “My morning sickness is horrendous!”

Ex Gladiators and The Games presenter Kirsty Gallacher, 33, speaks exclusively to MFM about the ups and downs of her pregnancy, and reveals she’d really love a girl…

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So the morning sickness has been pretty bad then?

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Oh yes – it’s so much worse than when I was pregnant with Oscar, 2½, and I thought it was bad then! It lasts all day. I was sick in the car on the way in today, but I always carry my dog poo bags around to throw up in emergencies because they’re so thick!

Sounds horrible. How do you cope?

Well a good night’s sleep is a must as without it I’m sicker the next day. I have to keep my sugar levels topped up so bananas are perfect because they’re a quick fix of fructose, which is the right type of sugar. I’ve also been living on wholewheat digestives between meals, which seems to be helping.

What about cravings?

In early pregnancy I desperately wanted crispy bacon, which is strange as I’m not much of a meat eater. And I absolutely can’t go near red onion. If I even see it on a salad I’m like, ‘Uh-oh, get me out of here quick.’

How did you lose your baby weight so quickly?

I actually had something called postnatal thyroiditis (an abnormal thyroid gland, which destabilises the metabolism), which made me lose weight and I was really ill with flu-like symptoms. It cleared up after seven months so I was very lucky.

But I would say to any new mum, don’t feel under pressure to lose the weight. You’ve done an amazing thing by housing a baby for nine months and giving birth, so take the time to get back to normal.

Did you always want to have another?

We planned to have a baby this year. We didn’t think it would happen so quickly, but I think a three-year age gap is perfect.

Would you like another boy, or a girl?

I’d love a girl because I’m very girly so it’d be nice to have one of each, although if we have another boy I can imagine my fiancé Paul saying we’ll keep trying until it’s a girl. I’m not so sure… I’ll see how the second ones goes first. Obviously if it’s a boy we’ll still be delighted.

How are you coping with a toddler and pregnancy?

I didn’t realise it would be so hard and I think that’s why I’m sicker. Everyone says second and third pregnancies are more difficult and I think it’s because you’ve got other children to look after so there’s less time to rest.

Does Paul help out?

He’s great when he can, but he’s a professional rugby player so he does funny hours. When he is here though, Oscar gets his full attention and I get a proper rest.

Is he keen to get Oscar into rugby?

Yes, and he’s even shown him a bit of tackling! Oscar loves it and knows the difference between a rugby ball and football. He’s got other ball games too that he loves, like Playskool’s Chase Me Critter – he puts the balls in and really enjoys catching them when they pop out.

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