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Aisling's new look as she gets REDDY to be a mum

AISLING O'Loughlin has revealed a new image as she begins the countdown to motherhood.

The Xpose host (32) has ditched her blonde locks in favour of flame-red pixie crop, channelling Sex And The City's top mum Miranda Hobbs.

"I think it was time for a change, this is an interesting time in my life and I felt a new do was appropriate, this is more of a mature look," she said.

"I've been platinum for a while and it was really starting to destroy my hair -- I hated the roots and the maintenance of it," she told the Herald. "It's nice to have a bit of a fresh look for the autumn season too and this is more glamorous."

The bubbly TV3 broadcaster -- who confessed she can't wait to get back into her high heels -- is enjoying all that pregnancy has brought so far and is sporting a range of maternity clothes courtesy of TV3 pal Sybil Mulcahy.

"Everyone has been great, but Sybil has been especially fantastic -- she brought in bags of stuff for me to wear as I get bigger.

"We have a similar style anyway, so it has worked out well -- I think it's important not to get too caught up in buying too many things.

"I'm a big fan of rotating, because no one wants loads of maternity clothes sitting in the attic -- and it's so expensive anyway."

The TV star announced her big baby news with photographer Nicholas MacInnes in June, but has insisted the pair will not be moving in together.