Breastfeeding my son helped me get back into shape - Karen Koster
New mum Karen Koster has revealed that breastfeeding her young son Finn has helped her get back into shape.
The Xpose anchor gave birth to her first son with her husband John McGuire on New Year's Eve and says motherhood has been an amazing experience.
"Breastfeeding is amazing. It definitely helps... it's mental," she told the Herald.
"Initially, it feels like you're feeding them constantly, but you don't mind because all you want to do is nourish them.
"You cannot describe the sense of achievement when you bring the baby to be weighed and you've helped them grow into these healthy little things.
"You literally look at yourself like a walking miracle of Mother Nature," she continued.
"It's fantastic and if you're ready for it, it's the best thing - and it's nothing you cannot cope with.
"There are tears, but mostly for me it's tears of love when I look at him," she added.
She's adapted so well to motherhood that Karen admits she'd love to have a second child as soon as possible.
"He's at the lovely age where he's smiling now - whereas the first six weeks, the only emotion he has is to cry to tell you if you're doing something wrong," she gushed.
"I can see why the baby phase is addictive, because they need you so much and they nuzzle into you, that you feel so loved.
"I can totally understand why people have loads of children. We'd definitely like more than one child, for sure."
While she's not returning to our screens until September, the 35-year-old revealed she would love to host the IFTAs which are set to be broadcast on TV3.
"I've decided to take nine months - when you see the good weather as well and I've done the winter months pushing the pram around the park, I'm looking forward to bringing him out in the sunshine," she said.
"He just seems like too much of a baby to leave, because he'd only be five months in May."
Asked about the IFTAs, she said: "I'd be all over something like that - particularly the television element."
While getting out and about when you have a new baby is tough, Karen says she hasn't missed being out on the town.
"I haven't missed going out really," she admitted. "We went out for the match last weekend and we brought him with us.
"You don't drink for so long being pregnant and you're kind of a year out of the loop, that you don't care - and it's not worth the hangover the next day. I would have one or two, but that's it," she added.