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Exclusive: Pregnant Kate Ferdinand talks exciting baby plans ahead of due date

The pregnant star shares family update and discusses birth plan

Kate Ferdinand looks gorgeous in black dress as she joins handsome Rio
Laura Benjamin
News Director
14 May 2023
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When Kate Ferdinand first started speaking out about the experience of being part of a blended family she could never have envisaged how far it would grow. "I've got to be honest when I started out, I just felt alone - I didn't know what to do," she tells HELLO! in an exclusive interview. "And I thought, 'I am just going to speak and share my story' and I was really - and still am to this day - overwhelmed by everyone's response and how much is helping them. I really didn't envision that I'd be where I am today. But I'm so grateful I can use my experiences to help others."

Kate Ferdinand wears print outfit as she joins handsome Rio© Getty
Kate and Rio got married in 2019

Not only has Kate, 31, continued with her popular Blended podcast but on May 11, she released her first book about families like hers; she is pregnant with her and Rio’s second child together and is also stepmother to his three children from a previous marriage. A manual which includes both Kate's experiences and others like her, it also offers advice from a whole host of experts. 

Kate Ferdinand and Rio look lovingly at each other on the red carpet© Getty
The couple raise their blended family together

"I'm so excited about it. It's the book I wish I had when I become a stepmum," she says. "I'm only one story - I'm a full time stepmum and I live with my children who have lost their mum but not everyone has that story; there's so many different ones. I think what I have done is share the things that I did struggle with in the hope it will help others. I've tried to be really open and honest."

Pregnant Kate Ferdinand wears black dress and cradles her bump© Kate Ferdinand Instagram
Kate is expecting her second baby

Currently pregnant with her and Rio's second child together – the couple also have son Cree, two - she says she is ‘feeling good’ but getting a bit tired. “I'm trying to stay active and do what I can but I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I think in my last pregnancy I wanted to be everything to everyone and I have realised that this time around I can't be. That's helped me enjoy it more.”

Kate Ferdinand holds her son Cree at their home© Kate Ferdinand Instagram
The mum rarely shares photographs of her son Cree on Instagram

She says her older children – Lorenz, 16, Tate, 14, and Tia, 12, from Rio's first marriage - can't wait to meet the impending new arrival, which she will be a girl. "Our house is like a mad house anyway so another little baby is going to make it even crazier," she laughs. "But we're all really excited. We can't wait." Cree, however, is a bit young to really take on board what is happening. He says 'baby sister's in mummy's belly' and kisses it, but I don't think he quite knows that an actual human is going to come out. I think it will be a shock to the system."

Rio Ferdinand looks smart in a suit as he is joined by his wife Kate© Getty
They are inseparable
Kate looks glamorous in white lace dress as Rio Ferdinand is suited and booted© Getty
Kate has written a book about her experiences of being a mum and stepmum

She has opted for a planned Cesarean-section birth after having to undergo an emergency one when Cree was born. "From what I have heard, a planned one will be a completely different experience. So hopefully all will go well. When we get there, we get there."

Kate and Rio look very happy together on the red carpet© Getty
Kate is stepmum to Rio's older children – Lorenz, 16, Tate, 14, and Tia, 12
How to build a family by Kate Ferdinand
How to build a family is out now

How To Build a Family by Kate Ferdinand(Happy Place Books, £16.99) is out now.

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