Ulrika Jonsson appears in the new issue of Hello! magazine with her recently expanded family. Her newest son, Malcolm Charles Trip Monet, weighed a healthy ten pounds when he arrived nine days late at Ulrika’s local hospital in High Wycombe, Bucks, on June 7th.
Malcolm is her first child with her third husband American art director Brian Monet.
As well as the new arrival, Ulrika has three children from three past relationships.
Cameron, 13, was the product of her five-year marriage to cameraman John Turnbull and seven-year-old Bo’s father is German hotel boss Markus Kempen, with whom she subsequently had a short-lived relationship.
She had her second daughter, Martha, four, with second husband Lance Gerrard-Wright, whom she met on her TV show Mr Right. That marriage ended after two years in October 2005.
Speaking to Hello! magazine, Ulrika said: ‘I feel so at ease with everything and so confident in my relationship with Brian. This feels like the dream.
‘This time it really does feel different because Brian and I have a very deep connection. We are like kindred spirits.
‘I feel there is nothing I can’t say to him and it is OK to share with him my deepest fears and anxieties whereas in other relationships I always felt alone whether that was my fault or someone else’s.
‘Brian is the cement that connects us all. For me the optimum is to have a child with the man I love. I don’t understand women who don’t want to have children.’ She added: ‘I don’t mean that in a derogatory way but my instinct is to mate.’
Ulrika revealed: ‘I don’t think I could have had a better labor although I did haemorrhage heavily afterwards.
‘Brian was wonderful and encouraging to the point that when I was pushing he was pushing too. He was totally taken aback the moment they took the baby from me and handed him to Brian.
‘”That’s your son,” I told him and tears were welling up in his eyes. This was the first time for him, but he astounded me by his calmness and has settled in to fatherhood in a really normal way. I told him Malcolm was not a cool name in Britain but gradually I warmed to the idea.’
Ulrika gaines 35 pounds during her pregnancy: ‘I had sizeable breasts’, she said.
‘I am an I cup since my milk came in – but the point is that I am doing the most important job that any woman can do and I am very happy to give my body over to this wonderful process and very relaxed about taking time to get my body back.’
She added: ‘Of course it’s never nice putting on lots of weight but I feel very strongly about women who feel the need to slim down straight away and almost compete to try and get back to their size 10 within a week. It’s not me and I don’t think it’s very natural.
‘I’m happy to be called fat or weighty by the papers for the foreseeable future. I will get my body back but I will take my time. I am nearly 41 and have just had my fourth child.
‘If my body doesn’t bear the hall marks of that, then what was the point of having the children? It might be harder to get back in shape this time but I am not obsessed about it.’