maternally chic: kate waterhouse on pregnancy


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Given this is a pregnancy shoot, we’re trying to emphasise Kate Waterhouse’s bump. The only thing is, she’s teeny tiny. At six months pregnant, the journalist, style blogger, media personality, radio talent and columnist for The Sun-Herald is about to enter her third trimester, but her bump is as petite as she is. That said, look closely and there’s a little bump budding, which means she’s had to rethink her personal style. “I keep thinking ‘oh I’ll wear this and that from my wardrobe because it would be perfect for a certain occasion’ and then I remember that nothing fits around the waist anymore.” The solution? She’s switched structured looks for shift dresses (other than her beloved Balenciaga skirt, which has stretched with her growing tummy). It’s hardly surprising that she makes pregnancy look so glamorous – as a member of Australia’s racing royalty, Waterhouse is known for her immaculate sense of style and a bump hasn’t changed this. Her style advice for expectant mothers? “Wear what you feel comfortable in and even though you are changing shape, you can still use accessories, bags and shoes to incorporate your signature style.”

Pregnancy pampering comes in the form of KORA’s rosehip oil and body cream and blueberry antioxidant peels at The Clinic in Bondi Junction every few months (“it’s a great exfoliant”). She’s focused on keeping fit throughout her pregnancy, with a relaxed regime that includes a morning walk, Pilates or a personal training class at Flow Athletic in Sydney’s Paddington.

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Waterhouse has been busy working on revamping her website. “I’m turning my blog katewaterhouse.com into a virtual styling website to inspire women to become their most confident self. I am getting experts within their fields to help women become the best they can be by giving advice on everything from wardrobe, nutrition, fitness, beauty and social etiquette,” she says. All this, before the baby comes. “I want to launch my new site before I give birth and there is still plenty of work to be done, so it’s taking up all my time at the moment.”

On editing a website, Waterhouse says: “I love having that interaction with readers. As a fashion editor for seven years and having my weekly ‘Date with Kate’ column in the Sun-Herald, you don’t have that connection with your readers so I love being able to use my blog as vessel for that.”

Due early June, Waterhouse hasn’t started setting up the nursery just yet, although she adores everything on offer at Jacadi and Pottery Barn. “I’m a little bit behind but not knowing the sex makes it a little difficult.” On what she’s most excited about, she says: “I can’t wait to see my husband as a father, as he’s wanted to be a Dad for a long time. He will be a really beautiful father and I’m excited to see that and go on this journey with him, as a family.”

Photography: Julie Adams Styling: Kristin Trude Hair: Paloma Rose Garcia at Oscar Oscar Salons in Paddington Make-up: Sarina Zoe Words: Georgie Abay

February 2014

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It’s truly incredible to think what are bodies are capable of.

My favourite part of pregnancy has been seeing my body change and to have the feeling of a little human growing inside me. It’s such an exciting time in life. I can’t wait for that motherly bond, that unconditional love between mother and child. Also, I can’t wait to see my husband as a father, as he’s wanted to be a Dad for a long time. He will be a really beautiful father and I’m excited to see that and go on this journey with him, as a family.


Wear what you feel comfortable in.

Even though you are changing shape, you can still use accessories, bags and shoes to incorporate your signature style. I shop in Sydney’s Paddington on Glenmore Road, but I love shopping online too. Net-a-porter.com and Matchesfashion.com gets me every time!


My sister-in-law Hoda and I went to check out nursery items last week.

There are so many beautiful things I couldn’t decide! I love everything in Jacadi and Pottery Barn also had a great selection. I still haven’t bought one thing! I’m a little bit behind but not knowing the sex makes it a little difficult. Over the next month I will start organising everything.


I’m excited for the birth but a little nervous at the same time.

I haven’t started birthing classes yet but I’m sure I will in the third trimester. I seem to refer to the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting the most. It’s such a great resource. For our first child, we will keep the sex a surprise, which is really exciting.


I try to use natural products as much as possible.

I’m loving KORA’s rosehip body oil and cream. I also have a blueberry antioxidant peel at The Clinic in Sydney’s Bondi every few months; it’s a great exfoliant.


I walk most mornings, do Pilates or a personal training class at Flow Athletic for strength training.

My diet hasn’t really changed but I am trying to eat more fruit and vegetables so I get as many minerals and vitamins as possible.


My least favourite part of pregnancy has been not fitting into my all my clothes.

I keep thinking ‘oh I’ll wear this and that from my wardrobe because it would be perfect for a certain occasion’ and then I remember that nothing fits around the waist anymore! At the moment, I’m steering away from structured clothes. I love finding cute shift dresses. I like to be comfortable so shift dresses are ideal for me. Otherwise, I’ll wear a loose fitting top with shorts or jeans for a more casual look.


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