13 Pregnancy Lessons From Hilaria Baldwin

Having your third baby in just over three years, like fitness guru Hilaria Baldwin, definitely makes you a pro in All Things Expecting. And the popular yoga instructor, who’s married to the actor Alec Baldwin, is not even sweating it. In fact, she’s got the big picture figured out. 

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Hilaria Baldwin, 32, always knew she wanted to be a mom, but after falling in love with actor Alec Baldwin, 58, that day came sooner than anticipated. “Because of our age difference, he wanted to have kids right away,” she says. Five months after their wedding, she got pregnant with daughter Carmen, who turns 3 this month. Rafael, 1, came soon after. Now Baldwin is carrying their third, another boy, due next month. (Alec also has daughter Ireland, 20, from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.) “Alec and I did the math and realized I’ve spent more of our time together pregnant than not,” laughs the yogi, who is also penning a healthy-lifestyle book, The Living Clearly Method, and serves as a spokesperson for Earth’s Best baby food. She’s become a pro at channeling inner strength. Her wisdom will inspire you to enjoy your pregnancy more. 

A Due Date Is Not a Guarantee

“My daughter came three days early, but then my son came four weeks early! Every time I go to the doctor now, the due date keeps shifting by a couple of days, so to me, it’s just, whatever. We say the baby is coming in ‘the middle of September,’ and that’s close enough.”

Morning Sickness Is Ugly

“With my first pregnancy, I was nauseated for four months. I felt constantly hungover—only without the booze or the fun parties. During my second pregnancy, I was totally fine. And this time, I was nauseated for almost as long as I was during my first pregnancy. I tried ginger candy and Preggie Pops, but what worked well for me in the end was ginger tea. I’d boil fresh ginger in water, then add lemon and honey. Reminding myself that it was going to be over soon also helped. When I was carrying Carmen, I thought the nausea would never end. This time, I knew it would.”

Hilaria Baldwin Holding Daughter Dani Brubaker

Make Peace with Worry 

“When I was pregnant with Carmen, I was constantly nervous. Every time I went to the bathroom, I’d think, ‘Am I going to be bleeding?’ I was also so obsessed with her movements that I hated it when I couldn’t feel her. With Rafa, I had less time to worry, because I was so busy with Carmen. Now, with this one? I hardly even know what week I am, and that’s fine. It’s all good!”

You Will Be Ravenous

“There’s a certain intense hunger you have when you’re pregnant, like, ‘I need to eat right now, and if I don’t, I’ll either die or kill somebody.’ When you feel that way, it’s easy to gobble so fast that you feel sick afterward. So, I try to take a deep breath and be present for every meal. At night, I try to eat less to prevent acid reflux.”

Mom Still Knows Best

“I’ve had my moments of being emotional during each pregnancy, but I always remember what my mother told me when I got my first period. I was being obnoxious, and she said, ‘Being a woman means you need to be stronger. Just because you’re feeling this way doesn’t mean you get to treat people badly. Take a deep breath and rise above it.’ I bring that same philosophy to pregnancy. I’ll warn my husband, ‘I’m feeling this way now, so if I snap, I’m sorry.’”

Hilaria Baldwin Wearing Orange Jacket Dani Brubaker

Trust Yourself

“I’m very in touch with my body. I knew Rafa was coming early. Alec was doing a play that night, and I said, ‘Don’t go. The baby is going to be born.’ He talked to the doctors, and they said, ‘No, definitely not.’ Sure enough, I went into labor that night. In the delivery room, I pointed to Alec and my doctor and I said, ‘From now on, you and you will always listen to me. Do you understand?’ They both said ‘yes.’”

Appreciate What You Achieve

“Between three pregnancies and breastfeeding, I’ve not had my body to myself in years. It’s easy to find that overwhelming. But as much as pregnancy brings aches, pains, sleeplessness, and all kinds of very uncomfortable things, there’s something so special about the fact that you can create life. I look at Carmen, and I think, ‘I made you.’ I mean, my husband had something to do with it too, but the incubation, the growing, the delivery—that’s my job, and it’s incredible.”

A Power Nap Really Helps

“I’ve had a few episodes when I’ve just been so tired that I say, ‘I’m sorry, I need ten minutes.’ Then I curl up on the couch and pass out. Ten minutes later I feel better.”

Hilaria Baldwin Stretching Dani Brubaker

I Don't Skip Workouts

“So many women give up. They think, I’m a mom now, so I’m always going to be out of shape. No! I’m of the opinion that just because we’re pregnant doesn’t mean we’re sick. Let’s be strong and in the best shape possible. I still jog four miles, four days a week, though I plan to switch to swimming soon. I do barre class three times a week. And I do yoga every day. For me, it’s all part of having a healthy mind-set.”

Yoga Can Be a Natural Cure 

“I get restless leg syndrome, so rather than toss and turn all night, I get up and do bedside yoga. Pigeon pose is the best, because it releases your glutes and opens your hips. Between that and Alec’s leg rubs, I’m a happy person.”

 There's No Shame in Laboring with an Epidural 

“I’d originally wanted to have my kids without drugs, but I ended up having epidurals for both. It gives you just enough relief, so you feel happy and present but not numb. With Rafa, I labored without one for 15 hours, and I was in extreme pain. Then I got the shot, and suddenly I was smiling. I love giving birth, probably because of the drugs.”

Hilaria Baldwin and Child Dani Brubaker

Flexible Goals Are Better

“I prided myself on being a Super Breastfeeding Mommy [she nursed Carmen for 15 months], but I was only able to breastfeed Rafa until he was 10 months old. I got pregnant again, and my milk supply went way down. But the fact that I didn’t breastfeed him for as long as I’d intended is okay. We beat ourselves up for not being perfect, but there’s something to be said for letting go.”

Try an Existential Attitude

“When I’m anxious about being pregnant, I look at people and think, ‘You were a baby, and you were a baby, and you were a baby too.’ When you do that, you realize it’s not unheard of to give birth. It’s what our bodies are meant to do.” 

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