The designer, actress and "Dancing With The Stars" alum shares her secrets for looking chic and feeling strong during pregnancy. Plus: how she and Jay Cutler are keeping their relationship thriving while growing a family.
Kristin Cavallari Cover Shoot for Fit Pregnancy
Approaching the six-month mark of her second pregnancy, Kristin Cavallari has taken a flight from negative-degree Chicago and braved a New York City blizzard to get to the photo studio. But on set, she shows zero signs of flagging. In fact, she seems to bounce into outfit after springy floral outfit, donning stilettos for hours without complaint. She's glowing and toned, her baby bump the only evidence of the new life she's about to bring into the world with her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. When it's all over, she makes sure to thank, hug and kiss every editor and crew member (with an audible "mwah!"). Pregnancy sure is agreeing with someone.
But most of all, motherhood seems to have changed 27-year-old Cavallari in ways that would have been unthinkable a decade ago, when she got her first taste of fame on MTV's reality sensation Laguna Beach, and later on its sequel, The Hills. Then, she "played" the California blonde with major attitude; the girl who partied like a rock star and took crap from nobody. Now that she's settled down in the Chicago suburbs with Cutler and their first child, 20-month-old Camden, Cavallari's a fan of quieter pursuits like cooking up healthy dinners for her family, going to "Mommy and Me" classes and enjoying the occasional date night or bubble bath for two.
The down-to-earth designer and TV star is keeping herself in the fashion and showbiz game via projects that make her happy and let her spend the majority of her time at home—like a line of trendy accessories for online jewelry mecca GlamBoutique and a footwear collaboration with Chinese Laundry. "I don't want to miss anything," she says. "I hate being away even for a day." Here, Cavallari opens up about co-parenting with a quarterback, feeling fit and fashionable throughout pregnancy, anticipating a second baby boy and keeping her kids out of the spotlight.
Fit Pregnancy: You've been shooting all day. How are you so perky?
Kristin Cavallari: I'm tired now, but I get to go to the hotel, put pajamas on and watch Breaking Bad. And I liked the clothes! I love doing photo shoots because I get to try out new things.
FP: Speaking of new things, how has being parents changed your relationship?
KC: It's cute to see Jay as such a great dad! We're excited to do this while we're young. Then when the kids go to college, we can travel and do whatever we want.
FP: Any advice for keeping the romance alive when you've got a baby at home?
KC: It's important to make time for the relationship. Lighting a candle and taking a bath together is great—it doesn't even have to be in a sexual way, just getting in the bath and talking. Jay and I have date nights, too, going out for dinner. It's not as often as we'd like, but we do our best. Just putting a cute outfit on is a thrill for me.
FP: What about pregnancy sex?
KC: Sex is funny when you're pregnant. Guys get weird about it. I'm like, "Oh, Jay, the baby's kicking!" And he's, like, not wanting to know about it. That's important for women to realize—if your guy is a little weirded out but isn't good at expressing that, it can be isolating. That's why communication's a must. Lingerie always helps, too.
FP: Always. How has this second pregnancy been different from the first?
KC: It's the same thing—I know the drill. I haven't had morning sickness for either pregnancy. I'm lucky to be one of those rare women who enjoys being pregnant.
FP:: Lucky you! Have you done anything to prepare Camden for the new baby?
KC: He's a bit too young to understand. I'm a little nervous about it—I don't want Cam to think he's getting replaced. But ultimately I hope he'll have a little buddy to play with. I have a brother who's 18 months older than me, and we were close growing up. They'll have a ton of fun.
FP: How are you feeling about having two boys under the age of 2?
KC: I'm nervous about the first three months. At least with the first one, you can sleep while the baby's sleeping; now I have a toddler to look after, too. I know even going to the grocery store will be hectic. Two car seats! Toddlers are a handful. Camden's starting to throw mini temper tantrums and I'm like, "Who are you?"
FP: Anything you might do differently for this delivery?
KC: With Camden, I got to the hospital when I was, like, four-and-a-half centimeters dilated—I thought I was dying. We were living in the city, two seconds from the hospital, and now we're an hour away. So I know the second I feel contractions, we're going! Also, the first time, I brought kale chips with me, which is the last thing you want when you just had a baby. We ended up getting steaks. I need better snacks this time. What was I thinking? Bring on the fat, please!
FP: Speaking of snacks, you look so fit—are you eating pretty healthy?
KC: For both pregnancies, the first trimester was a free-for-all. I ate a lot of sugar and carbs because I was so tired all the time. But as soon as I hit the second trimester, I snapped out of it and hit the gym again. I'm an incredibly healthy eater in general, so that helps. I make [Arrowhead Mills] Quinoa Rice & Shine hot cereal for breakfast. And I love turkey sandwiches, but you can't eat deli meat when you're pregnant unless you zap it in the microwave. So I just zap the heck out of turkey almost every day.
FP: How do you stay in shape?
KC: I work out for 30 to 40 minutes four days a week, nothing crazy. But just getting the blood flowing gives me energy. I've been doing lunges, squats and light weights at home. It's so cute because Camden will kick his legs and do tiny squats and work out with me.
FP: Sweet! How did you get back in shape after your first pregnancy?
KC: It took me three months to lose the weight and five months to feel really good in my skin again. I started working out three weeks after my delivery and eased myself into it—I walked uphill on the treadmill and used weights. You just have to know it's going to take some time.
FP: You seem to relish motherhood.
KC: My husband tells me I was born to have babies because it comes so naturally to me. I think I'm a good mom in the sense that I'm very loving and nurturing, but I also set boundaries. The hard parenting comes later when we deal with real-life issues. Banging on pots and pans is going to be the least of our worries.
FP: Do you want more kids?
KC: I think we do. I definitely want to take at least a two-year break. Jay would like to have four kids. I thought I wanted four, but three seems like plenty now.
FP: Your life now seems so different from the one we saw on MTV!
KC: I love it. I love the suburbs. I'm so much happier living out of LA! It's difficult to live a normal life in Los Angeles with the paparazzi. As great a job you might do as a parent, your kids can't have a normal life with cameras in their faces.
FP: Will you let your kids watch Laguna Beach and The Hills when they're older?
KC: I'm not going to put it on for them, but it's bound to happen, and it's going to be embarrassing. I was wild. It's an easy excuse, but it was for a TV show!
FP: And will you let them go into showbiz?
KC: I don't think I could stop it, but it's not so easy when you're in Chicago. I don't think you should be able to go into show business until you're 18. I was 17 when Laguna Beach happened, so young. I would put my foot down on reality shows because they really impact relationships. They put you in situations and mess with your head, and it's hard to tell what's real and what's fake.
FP: So we won't be seeing, say, Kristin and Jay Plus Two anytime soon?
KC: We get reality show offers all the time, and we're like, no. Family is so sacred, why mess with that?
FP: But you are taking on another show.
KC: Yes, I'm on a new talk show for E!, The Fabulist. Co-host Orly Shani and I will be discussing fashion and beauty trends once a week in New York. Then I'll go home and be a mom the rest of the week!
FP: You'll still do your jewelry and shoes?
KC: It's great because I can approve everything from Chicago. I'm a shoe girl, so it's a dream come true for me!
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