We interviewed the beautiful Rachel Stevens, the nation’s much loved singer, model and presenter. As many of you will know, Rachel began her career as 1/7th of the Brit award winning pop group, S Club 7 before going solo. Since then, Rachel has become a Mum and continues to juggle her busy work schedule which this year has included her becoming the face of Next’s Petites range, an ambassador for the charity WaterAid and recently joining X Factor in New Zealand as a guest judge.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to mothers expecting their first child?
My one bit of advice for any expectant mothers out there is the one that everyone tells you, but it’s so true – get loads of sleep whilst you can!
When baby comes, the change can be a bit of a shock to the system! Sleep when you can, which I know is very hard to do when we all have a million and one things to do in a day but it really does help the sleep deprivation!
You’re renowned for your charity work. Tell us a bit about the work you do and the charities you support, and why they’re so important to you.
I support a few different charities and over the past year I’ve been working closely with WaterAid, who provide clean water and sanitation to communities all over the world. I was very fortunate to be invited on one of their project visits and spent a week in Ethiopia seeing some of the amazing work WaterAid are doing and some of the serious challenges that people face there every day.
On my visit, amongst a few of the amazing people I met was a lady called Ajeme, who is the same age as me and has eight children. Her husband died from a water born disease and she and her children would often get sick from having to drink dirty water that she would have to trek miles to find – but had no alternative than to drink it.
Not only did I learn a so much about the incredible work they are doing but the trip inspired me to want to do all I can to help and bring awareness to the charity. Clean, safe water is the first step out of poverty and, having seen the daily challenges that come from having a lack of water and the changes that WaterAid make when their projects are live, it’s a charity very close to my heart.
What are your top tips on balancing such a successful career with motherhood?
Top tips for balancing career and motherhood would be organisation. You have to be organised – something which I strive for everyday! It’s a real juggling act and I can’t say that I always get it right so I’m really lucky that I have a great support network and people around me who can help when things come up last minute!
You’re on the Beauty panel at Plusher which is very exciting! You always look immaculate – what’s a secret beauty tip you can share with other mothers?
Secret beauty tips – I try and eat healthily and drink lots of water and keep active and having a two year old definitely helps with that!
Other then that I think it’s important to have some ‘you’ time, whether it be 10 minutes to yourself or your favourite beauty treatment once a week. Being a mum is a full time job and I think it really helps keep stress levels down to have a bit of time out!
Your hair can tend to get a bit dry and you can have a quite a bit of hair loss after giving birth, so I would use a really good , moisturizing treatment once a week and have a pampering night! The KÃ©rastase products by L’Oreal are all great!
What made you decide to get involved with Plusher?
There are so many products and services available to little ones, which you learn about when you become a mum, so to showcase all these ideas in one place and offer tips and advice for parents at the same time is a great idea. I’m looking forward to being involved and to getting new inspiration and ideas, not just now that I’m pregnant again but also for my daughter, Amelie.
Plusher – For the Discerning Parent
Plusher 9th November, Royal Horticultural Halls, London