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Jenni Falconer: Being pregnant is great - and my husband loves my new curves

JENNI FALCONER has two new arrivals due in September - her first child and her other baby, a range of sportswear she has designed for Debenhams.

It was an unfortunate bit of timing as exercise addict Jenni was intending to showcase the clothes herself while taking part in high-profile races.

She said: "Originally, the range was going to come out a while ago and I was going to do all my London marathon training in it, but I got pregnant.

"I did the photoshoot when I was 12 weeks' pregnant and worried my stomach would be sticking out. So baby is in these pictures somewhere."

Despite her fears, there's no hint of a baby bump in the pictures for the XPG - Cross Performance Gear - range.

But now seven months' pregnant, Jenni has developed womanly curves.

The Scot, who's currently presenting This Morning, says husband James Midgely loves her new shape, adding: "I don't think I've ever had such big boobs. It's also the first time I've been really happy to not have a flat stomach. I want to wear tight dresses and show off the bump.

"Being pregnant has helped my body confidence, I don't have 'fat days' any more because every single day feels the same and feels good."

Jenni was the face and body of an Ultimo lingerie campaign two years ago and although she enjoyed it says advertising her own fitness designs is more in her comfort zone.

She said: "I think the sportswear is more in keeping with my personality. When the Ultimo campaign came up I wanted to do it because it was something I'd never been offered before and probably will never be offered again.

"So it was a one-off thing but I'll always remember doing it so it's a great experience to have had." Despite a high-profile job and being invited to all kinds of red carpet events, Jenni probably has far more fitness gear in her wardrobe then glamorous gowns.

She said: "I have loads of sports clothes because I usually exercise six days a week. I really enjoy it. It's how I relax. I would rather go for a run than sit down and read a book. It makes me feel alive.

"I've done a couple of marathons and did the Great Scottish Run last year so when Debenhams asked if I'd be interested in launching a fitness range for them, it was a no-brainer.

"I want the clothes to appeal to a lot of people - you don't need to run a marathon to wear them. They are great for Pilates or just relaxing in. It also caters for people who want the high-end fitness gear, but on a budget."

Jenni, 35, has had a trouble-free pregnancy - no doubt partly because she follows such a healthy lifestyle. Whether this will make any difference after the birth, she's not convinced, perhaps because people keep pointing out she's getting on to be having a child.

She said: "I feel good, just a little bit more tired, but I think that's also because I've been really busy. In terms of getting through the labour and the recovery afterwards, I have no idea if being fit will even have any relevance.

"Loads of people have said I'm really old to be having a baby. I say I feel really young and they tell me, 'Well you're not really, you're a more mature mother.'"

Not that she's paying much attention so such opinions. She and her actor husband are eagerly preparing to become parents and probably the only thing frustrating Jenni - and amusing James - is that she can't work out as much as she's used to.

Ironically as she prepares to launch her exercise range, pregnancy has put the brakes on her own fitness regime.

She said: "The reason I've always been quite slim is because I was burning it all off. Now it's really frustrating, I can't even walk fast. I feel like my Grandma and James thinks it's hilarious because it's the first time ever that I'm not asking him to get a move on."

The couple have been together since 2003 and were married last summer.

James, who starred in the BBC drama Cutting It, has set up his own production company and is looking forward to being a hands-on dad who will be changing nappies and doing feeds in between running his business from their home in London.

Jenni, who grew up in Glasgow before moving to London and starting her TV career 17 years ago, added: "Marriage hasn't really changed our relationship, it just feels better. It makes you feel that little bit more secure, there's something more special about the relationship now."

Her own recent return to daytime TV on This Morning with Philip Schofield came in April when regular host Holly Willoughby went into labour early.

Jenni's due to remain until mid-July when Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford take over for the summer holidays. She'll still be occasionally filling in on the show and says she has no intention of stopping work until she has to.

She said: "I'm different to people who work in an office. I finish by early afternoon most days so at the moment I'm happy to keep going.

"I don't have a high-pressure job anyway, it's just talking and I don't find that exhausting.

"The same goes for when I'll return to work.The one thing I have got in mind is I've a place for next year's London Marathon.

"I don't know how realistic it is but I am hopefully going to do it. I thought it would be a good way to motivate myself to get fit again.

"We'll be buying two prams, one for James to walk the baby in and a running pram for me."

The XPG range is available in sizes 8-16 and launches in September across 37 Debenhams stores nationwide as well as online at Debenhams.com

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