Model-turned-mogul Molly Sims, author of the new book The Everyday Supermodel, shares her healthy eating tips, style secrets and more.
Molly Sims Behind-the-Scenes Video
"I miss it here!" says Molly Sims of Manhattan's artsy SoHo neighborhood, where she's joined me in a cafe for some tea and mommy talk. Sims, looking every bit the supermodel in a short, spiral-print Opening Ceremony dress and a black leather motorcycle jacket, lived nearby during the height of her modeling career, which culminated in the 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (in which she memorably wore a $30 million bikini made of diamonds). But for Sims, who gave birth to son Brooks Alan in 2012 and is expecting his little sib in March, these days are more about binkies and bottles than bikinis—a transition she's looked forward to her entire life.
Since she and her movie producer husband Scott Stuber became parents, Sims has approached motherhood with the same determination that helped her build an entrepreneurial empire as admirable as those of fellow supermodels Cindy Crawford and Kathy Ireland. After leaving New York City for Los Angeles years ago, where she landed roles on NBC's Las Vegas and movies including The Benchwarmers and Starsky & Hutch, she launched a jewelry line, Grayce by Molly Sims, and co-wrote her first book, The Everyday Supermodel (Dey Street Books). The book, which Sims penned while pregnant with Brooks, is filled with hard-earned advice on healthy eating, exercise, dressing and living better and, yes, pregnancy. But just as her rise from small-town Kentucky girl to cover model was not without its challenges and setbacks, neither were her two pregnancies. With her Southern accent occasionally peeking through, Sims talks candidly about her breastfeeding struggles, her crazy cravings and why she never steps on the scale.
FIT PREGNANCY: Now that you're a pregnancy pro, was the second one any easier?
MOLLY SIMS: No! When I was pregnant with Brooks, I started feeling ill at around 4 p.m. every day during the first trimester. But with this one, I felt hungover from the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep! I'm 41, so I had an ultrasound and blood test to make sure everything was OK. We waited until we got the results at 14 weeks to tell anyone, but my in-laws came to visit early on and they said I looked green!
FP: What were the most helpful things you picked up from the first go-round?
MS: I learned not to freak out over every single symptom, and now I know exactly how many onesies I need when the baby arrives. I don't have the anxiety of being a first-time mom. Moreover, I know to wear my Spanx tights when I go out, and my T.E.D. compression hose when I fly to prevent blood clots.
FP: Did your first birth go as planned?
MS: No, I had a difficult time with Brooksie. First, I had a velamentous cord insertion [when the umbilical cord inserts into the fetal membranes rather than the middle of the placenta, causing a higher risk of rupture]. The doctor monitored me closely throughout the pregnancy, and I had a scheduled C-section to protect the cord, which was necessary, but disappointing. This time, I don't have the same condition, so I'm not opposed to a VBAC [vaginal birth after Cesarean].