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The Trump name, glittering on the regal facades of skyscrapers around the world, has long evoked the fairy-tale world of the rich and powerful. But the woman at the center of the empire, Ivanka Trump , talks about the dueling delights and demands of work, her toddler, her husband and baby on the way in a refreshingly real way.
Trump’s office on the 25th floor of the Trump Tower office building on Fifth Avenue in New York City tells you a lot about her.
It’s a working girl’s space, not terribly big, done in cool tones and dominated by her desk, which is piled with documents and folders: plans for the $250 million Trump National Doral Miami resort renovation she’s overseeing, paperwork relating to the Trump Wellness program she spearheaded at her family’s properties and information about the expansion of her clothing line that will hit stores this fall. Behind her, on the windowsill and wall, you see her glamorous side: various covers of magazines she’s graced that herald her golf, fashion, social and business world prowess. But after talking with this 5-foot-11 beauty, who’s wearing a soft and swingy light green dress and floral pumps of her own design, you know immediately the area of her life that’s most important to her: her 2-year-old daughter, Arabella; husband Jared Kushner; and their new addition, who’s due in October. Boy or girl? Trump knows, but she’s not telling.
“I’m superstitious,” she shares. “I don’t like to tell people, but I don’t have the discipline to keep it a surprise. There are so many variables in motherhood that, those I can control, I like to.”
As for the other aspects of her life and pregnancy, including how she feels about maternity clothes and her 4 p.m. ice cream ritual, the executive vice president of development & acquisitions of Trump Organization and founder and principal of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry and Ivanka Trump Apparel and Accessories brand is ready to gab like a girlfriend.
FitPregnancy: How are you feeling at six months in?
Ivanka Trump: I feel amazing. I’ve been fortunate so far with this pregnancy. Thankfully, I never experienced morning sickness, but I did get a wave of fatigue that started at week 15 and went through week 17. I can’t complain, because it dissipates so quickly, but waking up exhausted is not a fun feeling.
FP: What’s your diet typically like while expecting?
IT: One of the great things about having a toddler is that you actually have produce in the fridge! When I was living with just my husband, I’d stress about buying raspberries because I’d know they’d go bad before I’d eat them. Now it’s such a pleasure to open my refrigerator and see all kinds of fruit. Every morning I’ll have either cottage cheese or Greek yogurt—I do full fat; I prefer the taste—with a bowl of blueberries or raspberries and cereal. When I wake up, I have a glass of water with lemon. Before I was pregnant, all I drank was coffee, but now I drink a tremendous amount of water. I get anxiety if I go for 30 minutes without a glass of water near me!
FP: Sounds like you adopted some good habits while pregnant with Arabella.
IT: I became a much healthier person because pregnancy was the first time I thought about food from the standpoint of nutrition as opposed to simply satisfaction. I would have three meals a day that were pure carbs and cheese! Now, I try to have some form of lean protein in the morning and at lunch.
I’ve also become much more aware of choosing organic foods. That’s not something I would have prioritized for myself, but it’s different when you become a mom. Buying locally grown foods from the farmers market is a fun activity to do with Arabella. As we walk around the market, we talk about avocados and chiles and we say, “What color is the banana?” She eats well and I think in part it’s because I let her choose, “Do you want a squash or a zucchini?” It makes her more excited when she sees it on her plate.