I'm about to give birth... but show must go on -- Virginia
TV PERSONALITY Virginia Macari may be almost nine months pregnant -- but she's due to start filming on her new show this week.
The Herald can reveal how the socialite and designer isn't letting a thing like a baby bump get in the way of her work projects as she gears up for her first stint on Southside Housewives.
Her co-stars in the TV3 production will be Lisa Murphy, Danielle Meagher and Jo Jordan, with filming due to start in earnest this month for the fly-on-the-wall style series about the lives of the glamorous girls.
"I'm really excited about it, but I've a lot on my plate right now. We're really busy furnishing the new place and preparing for next month. I've been doing lots of shopping for the baby but there's so many things to get, you're afraid you have forgotten something," she said.
"At the moment, we're only filming one day a week so it's not too bad. We won't be into it full time for a while yet."
As well as having her first child with her 6ft 4in Norwegian partner Kaste Dahl, she also swapped their house in Sutton to move into a new apartment in Dublin's city centre to be closer to her family and friends.
And she revealed how despite not being due until February 20, her doctor at Mount Carmel told her the baby was three weeks bigger than expected.
"He said he has really long legs and big feet, so no surprise which side he's taking after there," she joked.
She also celebrated her 36th birthday in style last week with a quiet dinner in Michelin-starred restaurant Chapter One with her other half as they geared up for their new arrival.
Alongside preparations for motherhood, she has just returned from a business trip to London, where she met with potential designers for her April clothing collection.
"It took me so long to decide to start it up -- but being pregnant gave me amazing drive. I'm really lucky to be starting a business and having a baby at the same time. I'm taking on a lot, but looking forward to the challenge -- I feel so ready for it all," she added.