(Monica was photographed for the March 2010 cover of Italian Vanity Fair while six-months-pregnant)
Did Padma Lakshmi feel pressured to lose all the baby weight so that she could get back to filming Top Chef?
“I did, and then I didn’t,” Padma, 39, who welcomed daughter Krishna three months ago but returned to work after just six weeks, told Us Magazine at the second Annual Blossom Ball at the New York Public Library Thursday.
“I did for a minute and then I just had to give it up because it was an unhealthy and futile exercise,” added Padma, who struggled to get pregnant because of her endometriosis. “Because of my condition, I had a complicated pregnancy, and so I was bedridden for six weeks.”
“The minute I wasn’t bedridden… I got to work…. I was 25 pounds heavier than people are used to seeing me. There was nothing I could do about it, so I just accepted it,” she added. “I just thought, I had a baby, that’s way more important. Women are beautiful in all shapes and sizes and I wanted to show women that you can dress well, that you can still feel sexy, that you can still feel confident, and it was OK if my boobs were big because I was feeding another human being.”
Padma, who boxes and runs on the treadmill, does admit that she hopes to lose more weight.
“I felt good then, I feel good now, I’ll feel even better when I lose the last 15 pounds,” she said.
Padma shared that she is cherishing her “quiet moments” with her daughter. “I love giving her a bath in the bathtub. I love just holding her and nursing her and falling asleep with her on my chest.”
“Luckily, she’s a good eater,” Padma shared. “She doesn’t have any choice — It’s basically me or nothing!”
Looks like the rumors that Gwen is expecting her third child may indeed be true! The LA Times reported that Gwen visited her OB/GYN on May 19th.
“Our spotter said Stefani, sans husband Gavin Rossdale, was looking gorgeous for her appointment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where her boys Kingston and Zuma were both delivered,” the LA Times’ Matt Donnelly said.
Recently Gwen, 40, was seen sporting Sea Bands, which help curb morning sickness. Also, Gwen – mom to sons, Kingston, 3, and Zuma, 20 months — has said she’d love to have a daughter.
Last month InTouch Weekly reported that Gwen was overheard chatting with a friend over a mani-pedi at Planet Nails & Spa in West Hollywood, “Not only are we trying for another baby, but we’re trying for a girl. It’s complicated but there are things you can do to better your chances of having a daughter.”
And Gwen told the April issue of In Style that she wasn’t trying to prevent getting pregnant! “But it’s not up to me anyway, you know? These things are miracles, so we’ll see.”
Sources say Gwen is due sometime this fall…we’ll see!
‘Modern Family’ mom Julie Bowen, 40, visited ‘Lopez Tonight’ Monday, where she told George Lopez all about how she nurses her twin boys, John and Gus, who just turned 1. (Julie also has an older son Oliver, 5) Julie shared that she lets the boys nurse at the same time and showed the above photo.
“It’s like two little liposuction machines on you,” she said. “They suck the fat out of you. They call it the ‘double football hold.’ You hold one here, and here [gesturing to her breasts], like two footballs… They’re doing God’s work right there, helping me return to my birth weight.”
Here are pictures of Julie in a bikini in March that prove that breastfeeding really does seem to have helped her slim down!
Julie, who looked stunning on the show, honestly admitted to George that working is a vacation. “Working is so much easier,” than being at home. Home is a constant onslought of tiny genitilia and poop.”
Here’s the video of Julie discussing breastfeeding with George Lopez…