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I Woke Up Like This: How pregnancy has changed Elyse Knowles' mornings

By 9Honey|

In our 'I Woke Up Like This' series, 9Honey removes the filters from everyday life and bares all for a much-needed reality check.

Speaking to a range of people ¡ª from faces you know to faces you will want to know ¡ª we tear away the fa?ade of make-up and social media and bring things back to basics with realistic 'I woke up like this' selfies and morning routines.

Today, we're 'waking up' with Elyse Knowles, model, Land Rover ambassador and former star of The Block.

What time do you wake up?

"Far later than I did when I wasn't about to give birth! Haha. Before pregnancy, around 6am, beaming and ready to go to the gym. Now, during pregnancy, 7:30am and it's an effort to get out of bed."

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How many alarms do you set?

"Two. But I snooze them both!"?

Tea or coffee?

"Tea on the days I can't make or get a good?Chai."

Elyse Knowles with her dogs
"As soon as the girls know I'm ready for a walk, they don't leave me alone until I take them." (Supplied)

TV or radio, podcast or silence?

"Silence. I love opening up all the doors and listening to the sounds of nature. The birds, the trees and the ducks quacking!"

What do you eat for breakfast?

"At the moment I'm eating avocado on toast with some home-made pesto."

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How long does it take you to get out the door??

"Usually I am pretty quick. As soon as the girls ¡ª Isla and Harlow, my dogs ¡ª know I'm ready for a big walk on the beach, they don't leave me alone and drive me nuts until I take them. Usually, from grabbing the dog bag in the laundry to making it into the Defender, it would be two minutes max."

Elyse Knowles with her dogs
It's a quick trip out the door for Elyse, Isla and Harlow in the mornings. (Supplied)

Any unusual morning rituals or habits?

"Currently I'm treating myself by getting a nice chai from the caf¨¦ near home. Then I like to go for a cruise down the road in the Defender and take a stroll on the beach. I'm always looking for ways to go above and beyond in my day, so this makes me VERY happy ¡ª and, importantly, exhausts the dogs so they don't pester me for the rest of the day!"

What's the one thing you never have time for in the morning?

"I never have time to do the Byron lighthouse walk anymore. Actually, more like I don't have the energy to!"

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What's the one thing you always do in the morning??

"Blast the tunes, have a sing and pretend I can't hear Isla barking in the boot of the Defender. Josh doesn't believe me that she does it. So sometimes I call him when she is going mad to show him how crazy she is. A nice and relaxing vibe to start the morning¡­ NOT."

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