Daybreak’s weather girl and new mum Kirsty McCabe reveals how she shaped up after having baby Ethan.
When Daybreak’s Kirsty McCabe arrives at our shoot with new baby Ethan and reveals her flat stomach in a tiny bikini, it’s hard to believe she was ever pregnant.
The Scottish presenter, 35, who’ll return to the show next week, admits she was nervous about revealing her figure, but looks fab after losing 2st in three months on a Closer diet.
“It’s not perfect, but I think my body looks pretty good for someone who had a baby five months ago,” says Kirsty, who was 12st 3lbs and a size 16 in February – two months after the birth – but is now 10st 3lbs and a 10. Having babies is what our bodies were designed for, but I wanted to show that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a mummy tummy.”
And there’s certainly no sign of a mum tum on 5ft 9 Kirsty, who lost six inches from her waist, four from her hips and dropped two cup sizes, leaving her with an enviable 34DD-28-37 figure.
She says: “I feel more sexy when I’m toned and if you feel confident you look good, too.”
Kirsty, who married South African architect Renato Marchio in July 2008, was a size 12 and 11st when she fell pregnant, thanks to a healthy diet and body combat classes.
But she admits: “I was worried about gaining weight and remember a friend saying, ‘You’re getting big now, aren’t you?’ – I nearly burst into tears. She meant my bump, but it’s not something you like to hear. When I was a student I went up to 14st and a size 18. It took me a year to lose weight and I’ve been quite sensitive about my body since then. Once I got a proper bump around six months, I felt womanly and sexy.”
And Kirsty says Renato, 36, boosts her confidence, saying: “The nice thing is, he fancies me whether I’m pregnant or have just given birth!”
Closer’s weight-loss plan saw Kirsty do aerobics and body combat classes twice a week and she worked with Jane for an hour a week, combining Pilates, running and strength training with resistance bands.
Kirsty says she’s been getting parenting advice from her Daybreak colleagues Lorraine Kelly and Kate Garraway, and is looking forward to working again. She says: “It’s going to be strange not waking up with Ethan and seeing his wee face light up. But I’m looking forward to working with everyone again. Ethan and I have been watching it every day, but I wonder if he’ll recognise me when I’m doing the weather?”
The full feature appears in this week’s Closer magazine, on sale now.