Heidi Klum’s advises women to be realistic when it comes to losing that pesky baby weight.
“I always think, ‘Look at how people were before they were pregnant,'” Heidi, 34, says in June’s Marie Claire. “If you were a toned, healthy, energetic person, most likely you will be like that again.”
Heidi exhibited her top form in a bikini two months after welcoming her second child, Henry, in a 2005 Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
“A lot of people come to me, and they’re like, ‘Will I look like you after I have the baby?’” she added. “And I say, ‘Well, how were you before?’” she says. “You can’t kid yourself.”
As a mother of three — Leni, 4; Henry, almost 3; Johan, 18 months — Heidi insists fitting into her skinny jeans is no longer a priority.
“I always wanted to be a mom,” says Heidi, who was honored as Style Icon of the Year at Us’ Hot Hollywood Awards. “At Thanksgiving, I have my parents there, I have screaming kids, I have a big fat turkey – 18 pounds – sitting in the middle; legs are being ripped off that thing, you know what I mean? There’s life in the house.
“I don’t want to be wondering about how skinny I am, wondering what I’m going to eat because I don’t want to gain and I want to look hot and young, always and forever,” she adds.
Her husband Seal also helps her keep things in perspective.
She met Seal in NYC’s Mercer Hotel in 2003 when she was five weeks pregnant with Leni (her daughter from a previous relationship with businessman Flavio Briatore).
The next year, he popped the question atop a glacier in the Canadian Rockies. (They wed in 2005 in Mexico.)
“He took me by helicopter,” Heidi recalls. “He had an igloo built there, and they’d brought up everything: a bed with sheets inside the igloo, rose petals everywhere, candles.
“There was food and champagne,” she goes on. “It was a little scary, too, because you’re so cut off from the world. No trees, nothing … but I was ecstatic.”