The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Brooke Burke, co-host of CBS' Rock Star -- and our February/March cover model -- has lots going on. The show is preparing its third installment (scheduled for summer 2007), her third child is due in late January (she has two daughters with Extreme Makeover plastic surgeon Garth Fisher), and she's engaged to ex-Baywatch cutie David Charvet. We talked to her at our photo shoot.
Fit Pregnancy: So, how's this pregnancy going?
Brooke Burke: I feel really good -- it's definitely different from my first two pregnancies. I'm a little more fatigued and not as active. But it's been 5 years since my last and now I'm taking care of two children. I never got sick.
But when I was pregnant with Neriah I was so worried about doing everything by the book, I was so strict with myself. With Sierra I was more relaxed. Now I try to listen to my body and not to everyone else's opinion. That could drive you crazy. So the third time is an advantage.
Do you like being pregnant?
I do like being pregnant, it's a beautiful time in a woman's life and it's really fun to be pregnant right now. The fashion is great, and it seems like everyone is pregnant these days. I'm wearing some great maternity stuff form NOM, and also yoga tops and pants, so easy.
We will probably have another soon -- I'd love to have a son.
And this will be David's first - how's he doing?
He's really excited - he has always wanted children, and it's fun for me to go through this with him. I get to re-live all the things I went through. He is going to be a great dad - he's very present.
David is faced with the concept of a having a family immediately, so it's strange to him. As mothers, we get used to the idea slowly, we develop and learn as we go along. David is stepping into the relationship with me having two already and another on the way.... But he's doing great... He's now living with me, and the nanny and two girls, so he's surrounded. He doesn't think it's funny.
What kind of mother are you?
I'm pretty relaxed and I give my children a lot of freedom to explore the world. I traveled all around the world with my first, and realized that you just make it up as you go along. Plus, I was the first in my group to have a baby, so I kept it very simple with Neriah. We spent a lot of time on planes and in hotels, so it was all about adventures and books and spending time together.
Nowadays you could go nuts with all the stuff you can buy, although with this third I think most of the products will make life easier. But most of the time I believe in letting kids go ahead and make their own mistakes -- maybe even get a little hurt -- and learn from them.
Do you do the PTA/room mom thing?
As much as I can - I help in the library and with projects around the school. I am very lucky that I've been able to have a career and have spend time with my children, it's really important in their early years and I enjoy it.
Any crazy cravings or aversions?
I usually eat lots of salmon, but I have turned on fish. I always eat a lot of vegetables and cooked sushi. I've found the more water I drink, the better I feel, less water retention. My weirdest craving? Foie gras.
Do you give in to that craving?
Yes, I do. But what I've learned is that the key is to give in your body what it wants, but also be disciplined to give it what it needs. Then, you are full enough that there's not a lot of room for that hot fudge sundae. It's hard when you're pregnant - you're tired, you're lazy, but if you want to say in shape you do have to have that bit of discipline.
One thing I feel strongly about - you really have to give yourself some room to experience what you're feeling. With this pregnancy, I'm very emotional. But you just have go through it and balance it out by being really good to your body and put your baby first.
There are some celebrities who might not want to do a cover like this - that it might do damage to their sexy image.
I respect that stand -- they don't want to show that part of their life. And people do look at you differently.
I love being a mother and being pregnant, and the more women can get comfortable with that, the better. I have to say being pregnant, in a bikini and on a cover - you really have to feel good about yourself. And the role your partner plays is very important; I'm blessed with a man who is enjoying this as much as I am and who knows that whatever my body is doing is part of life and part of love. It's a remarkable stage in your life.
But I admit that you have to dig down deep and realize that whatever happens is worth it. After the first baby I didn't know if I would ever model again, but I did. I wanted to be a mother, and we make sacrifices for our children all our lives, and that's the first. There's a period of time when you're cute and pregnant, and then some days you feel so bloated and can't find anything to wear. You just go with it all.