Champion boxer and Dancing with the Stars Alum, Laila Ali and husband Curtis Conway are expecting their second child spring 2011. She recently teamed up as a celebrity blogger with US Magazine to chronicle her pregnancy and share her journey the second time around.
Here’s what she had to say:
I’m pregnant for the second time! I’m just about four months pregnant — but in my opinion, I look like I’m six months along! Giving birth to a child is a beautiful gift and a privilege — there is no denying that. But, what a woman has to go through to make it happen is something else.
Luckily, my first pregnancy with my son, Curtis Jr., went very well. No morning sickness, nausea, skin problems, crazy food cravings, etc. But I did have to deal with what most women dread when having babies: weight gain! I know it is healthy to gain 25-40 pounds — but that does not mean I have to like it. I’m a big girl already. I’m not one of these skinny chicks. At my best, I weigh about 174 lbs, so adding another 35 puts me past 200lbs. That’s no fun for any woman.
And, this second pregnancy has given me a bigger appetite so I better watch out. Sweets are me weakness — especially baked goods such as strawberry shortcake and peach cobbler a la mode. In fact, I actually made a peach oatmeal crisp last night. It was supposed to be for my husband, but he still hasn’t had any yet, so of course I’ve been eating it! It didn’t even turn out as planned, but it is warm, sweet and goes well with vanilla ice cream. And that’s good enough for me.
Yesterday I wore a velour jumpsuit, and when I walked past my husband, he said “Your butt is getting bigger.” I told him I had already noticed! Isn’t it great that we can be so open and honest with each other?!