Jada Pinkett Smith: Nutty for Pregnancy

We caught up with the actress at home when she was 7 months pregnant with her second baby.


Our cover model, Jada Pinkett Smith, starred in The Nutty Professor, Set It Off and the newest Spike Lee film, Bamboozled. She is also the wife of actor/rapper Will Smith and mother of their 2-year-old son, Jaden. We caught up with her at home when she was 7 months pregnant with the couple’s second baby.

Fit Pregnancy: So, do you feel huge yet?

Jada Pinkett Smith: Well, I don’t feel as big as I felt with my son, Jaden, when I was one big walking Chiclet. I gained 50 pounds. I’m telling you, my thighs spread. Everything spread.

FP: Were you trying to get pregnant, or is this an “oops” baby?

JPS: An oops baby. I was starting to wean Jaden, and I’d only had one cycle, so I thought I had some time. Then I got my surprise.

FP: How long did you breastfeed Jaden?

JPS: A good 18 months. That baby never even saw a bottle. He went everywhere with me — premieres, award shows. I would just find a back room and hook him up.

FP: Any cravings with this pregnancy? JPS: I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. Like, I’ve had a couple slices of apple pie.

FP: A couple slices of apple pie isn’t exactly what you’d call a hard-core craving. A lot of women start mainlining Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

JPS: Oh, no-no-no-nooooooo! We can’t have that! FP: What are you doing to keep fit?

JPS: I work out at a gym probably four days a week for two to three hours, a really extensive workout. I do stretching and sculpting, and a lot of free weights to isolate muscles. I also do cardio to keep my mental and emotional endurance high. Endurance really helps in labor. With Jaden, the doctor said it’d take an hour-and-a-half to deliver him. And I said, “Oh, it’s not going to take that long. I’m too anxious to meet this baby.” It took me 20 minutes to push him out. My mother’s a nurse, and she was in there with me. Even she was amazed.

FP: You sound incredibly calm. Are you always this tranquil, or are you faking?

JPS: It helps that Will loves me pregnant, so he makes it easy. He knows about mood swings. He knows when to back off. He knows how to get me in a better mood. He’s got it down!

FP: Any particularly memorable mood swings you’d like to share?

JPS: A couple of weeks ago, I suddenly got overwhelmed that I was bringing another baby into the world, all that responsibility. So I cried. But I think crying is healthy. I cry every day. To me, crying is like taking a yoga class. It keeps you in touch.

FP: What else triggers a crying jag?

JPS: I just look at the news for 10 minutes, and there’s plenty to cry about. It does more harm not to feel those emotions. That’s what gets people disconnected.

FP: Have you been nesting?

JPS: I’ve been rearranging the house like crazy. I’m a Virgo, so I’m a perfectionist. Will doesn’t care. He’s like, “Oh, the room’s been painted blue. OK.” He’s not all that attached to material things. I’m lucky to have him as a partner.

FP: You must fight about something.

JPS: Oh, sure. We fight about politics and, you know, everyday squabbles. But before we got married, we made sure we were on the same page about kids and family issues. That’s where we don’t disagree.

FP: Change of subject. We now know that Tipper Gore painted a nude portrait of herself when pregnant. Have you done the nude picture thing?

JPS: I love looking at beautiful pictures of pregnant women, but because of the business we’re in, Will and I are photographed a lot. I look at my being pregnant as something that we can share privately.

FP: Will hasn’t had the urge to bring out the video camera?

JPS: Yeah, but I think we’re going to let this pregnancy just belong to the two of us, with no records at all. Just the beautiful records in our minds. — Celeste Fremon