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"Morning Sickness, Dancing and Anton Du Beke!"

Morning Sickness, Dancing and Anton Du Beke!


Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog!

Can you believe it, I’m pregnant!!!! Even after 22 weeks I still have moments when I have to pinch myself to check it’s not a dream and is actually happening.

It’s a weird but completely wonderful feeling that a little person is growing inside me but I have to admit it hasn’t been all plain sailing so far. Let me fill you in on what’s been going on with me and my body over the past five months.

From about six weeks onwards I have suffered with severe morning sickness, sometimes six to seven times a day!!!! I have come to the conclusion that it must have been a man who called it MORNING sickness – I would like to rename it morning, noon and night sickness!

Some days were so bad that I could barely function and thought about making a bed in my bathroom as I spent more time in there than anywhere else.

Oh, and the sickness wasn’t the only problem either, with the belching and wind (yes, I was putting that nicely) and the overwhelming fatigue that knocked me out by sunset I wasn’t much company during those early months!

I was hoping that the symptoms wouldn’t last long; how wrong was I! I had no let up until I was about 18 weeks. Even now, though things have got slightly easier, I still get nausea daily but you will be pleased to hear the wind has passed! Although I have found that an apple helps quell the nausea feeling.

My husband Peter has been a saint through it all even when he was woken up in the middle of the night with me munching on a juicy Granny Smith apple! I know he found it tough watching me suffer so badly but hopefully the worst is over now.

After 10 wonderful years it was difficult for me to say goodbye to Strictly and not be apart of the show this year but I knew the time was right for me to start a family. It is something that I always wanted to do.

It is even more difficult for me that I won’t be touring with my professional dance partner Anton early in 2014. I will be far too pregnant and unable to fit in the dresses!

However fear not, my career is very important to me and I can promise you that I will be back performing midway through 2014 (health permitting).

And I haven’t had my feet up for the last few months either… throughout all the morning sickness I have still managed to make appearances and perform shows with Anton. I feel it helped me cope with the nausea and I did not want to let people down. Seeing the joy on people's faces when we perform makes everything worthwhile. So I put a smile on my face and twirled around the dance floor.

At nine weeks pregnant, I teamed up with one of my celebrity partners from Strictly, Colin Jackson, and performed a couple of dances and ran workshops on a week-long tour around the Country for Npower in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.

For those of you that are thinking that continuing to dance might be dangerous for the baby, I have spoken to my midwife and doctor and they both say it is fine as long as I don’t do anything stupid. So I have taken the lifts and flips out of the routines as that may be taking things too far…

As we approach the end of 2013 Anton and I have three shows left before I hang up my dance shoes (for a little while anyway) and they are the biggest three shows of all.

Yes I am so excited to say that we, (Anton and I) are performing at the Royal Albert Hall.

We are doing the final rehearsals this week and our show – Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker will open on Sunday 22nd December.

My husband and I went for our 20 week scan last week and I can’t describe the feeling of seeing how the baby has transformed and grown over the past few months. The baby is growing perfectly so far and measured about 10 inches in the scan. We have known the sex of the baby for some time now as we did a harmony test at 12 weeks, which I would thoroughly recommend, and they asked us then if we wanted to know what it was.

I thought I would like to know the gender but for some reason I chickened out. So we asked the nurse to write it on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. We took it home and placed it on the dining room table and we stared at it for days until the time was right. We did not have a preference either way but it was still a very special moment when we did finally rip it open. We have not told anyone yet and will probably keep it as our own little secret until the big day.

At my last midwife appointment she asked me to stand on the scales. As I thought to myself “don’t look down” I did and caught sight of my weight. I have to admit I had a little tear in my eye as I left the hospital but it’s all in a good cause.

I am now into my 22nd week of pregnancy and can’t fit into most of my regular clothes. I wish I could say that I am one of those lucky ladies that only expand on the front with a perfect little bump. My husband tells me that my bump and I look perfect but the truth is I have expanded all over! So I have packed all my “pre-pregnancy” clothes into boxes, sealed them and written on the outside of the box: ”Do not open until you are back to normal!!”

However I am very lucky that Tiffany Rose has come to my rescue and provided me with a selection of beautiful maternity clothes to wear. Below is a picture of my 22-week bump and a gorgeous dress by Tiffany Rose.

Lots of love,

Post first appeared on hello magazine's blog.

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