Livermore working on up to birth
KIRSTEN Livermore joked about her "big gut'' and feeling like Aussie starlet Bec Cartwright as she posed for our photos yesterday.
The heavily-pregnant Federal Member for Capricornia is due to give birth again in about six weeks.
In the meantime, Ms Livermore said she planned to work up until the birth then have a break to recover.
"This time I'm going to take my doctor's advice and lay up for a month to six weeks.
"I didn't do that last time and it took me much much longer to recover physically.''
Ms Livermore said she was expecting to deliver via cesarean and planned to continue corresponding with her electorate office from home.
"It's not like I'm that far away. I'll just be up the street. "With technology the way it is, you never really lose contact.''
Ms Livermore said it would then be business as usual, with the exception of visits to outlying areas like Blackwater and Moranbah which would on hold for the first six weeks.
And as for breastfeeding in parliament, well Ms Livermore was confident she could make it work discreetly after juggling her family and political commitments last time with son Patrick, now 21/2.
"Last time it all worked out.
"There were a few times where I had to say 'excuse me while I'll feed this baby' or where I had to ring the whip and say to 'put me down the list, I'll be right in half an hour.'
"But when it's got to happen, it's got to happen.''
Ms Livermore said she breastfed Patrick until he was two. She said this time around her husband, Craig Brown, also planned to take leave.
Ms Livermore said they had decided not to find out the gender of their child until the delivery room and had no inkling whether it would be a boy or girl.
"I think I'll go for the surprise. We've made it this far.''
Ms Livermore, a fitness buff, said she managed to keep exercising during the pregnancy.
"I swim about 20 laps, four or five times a week.''
But, she was quick to rule out having any more children after this one.
"I think I'm getting too old to think about number three.