Super Cindy

Cover model Cindy Crawford on home birthing, her new book and her new baby


Thirty-five and pregnant with her second child, Cindy Crawford still reigned as the world's most recognized supermodel. We caught up with her in her 30th week of pregnancy.

Fit Pregnancy: Your son, Presley, was born at home. Are you trying for a home birth again?Cindy Crawford: We're planning on it, but it depends on how everything goes. I loved it with Presley. I didn't tell anyone last time because a lot of people are against home birth and tell you horror stories. Even my husband [entrepreneur Rande Gerber] said at first, "Why are we doing this? We have insurance." He honestly thought I was trying to save money.

Did you go right back to work after you had the baby? Two months later, but that was for Revlon, a company that I had worked with for a long time, so they understood my situation.

Did you worry about looking like a raccoon because your baby was keeping you up at night? I was more worried about the weight thing, but that turned out to be a non-issue. In terms of sleep, thank God for good makeup. Give us a fabulous model's tip for making a new mother look less tired. There aren't any. Exercise gets your circulation going, but I've never found a method that takes away the dark circles. Sorry. Bummer. What are you doing for exercise now? The treadmill. And I do free weights twice a week. I'm not running — I use any excuse to get out of running. I also have an amazing yoga teacher.

What's most difficult with this pregnancy? I got morning sickness bad. For a while, pizza was the only thing that made me feel good. And fish grossed me out. I couldn't walk by the tuna cans in the grocery store. Fear of fish. Yeah. And this time I am also carrying a little lower, so there's more pressure on my back. I bought one of those pregnancy belts, and that does help. But they could make 'em a little more stylish! Speaking of stylish, are you still wearing 3-inch heels for fashion shoots? When I have to. Hey, I could run a marathon in heels, so I'm not worried about falling. I'm a fashion person; even if the heels don't end up in the shot, they change your posing attitude. But I feel it in my back afterward. When I get home from a shoot, I have to lie down, like, right now. What maternity clothes do you wear? I'm working with a company called Estyle, and we've come up with some great basic pieces. My advice is: Don't change your style. If you normally wear black ...

... don't switch to pastels. Exactly. Choices are great now. You don't have to wear pink tent dresses; you can wear black leather pants.

Are you prone to mood swings? No. But I forget things. Today, my husband and I agreed that he would send out for some lunch, but I forgot and made my own. My husband went, "You ate already?!" And I said, "I forgot, I'm pregnant." He said, "You forgot you're pregnant?" If I don't write something down right away, I'm in trouble. You're famous for being a total babe, but do you have any body insecurities? Oh, absolutely. I've posed nude in Playboy, and I posed nude on the cover of W while I was expecting Presley, but I won't even wear bikinis when I'm pregnant. I don't mind wearing tight stuff, but I feel too naked if I have my tummy showing — I wear a tank and a sarong. It's weird, huh?

Any nude posing this time? Not yet. Some days I feel better about this silhouette than on other days. I'm not one of those women who feel their most beautiful and feminine when they're pregnant.

Do you get Dolly Parton boobs? When the milk comes, they get so big, it's bizarre. To tell the truth, I think huge boobs are overrated. What's the best thing about pregnancy? One of the things my yoga teacher says is: "Don't wish the present away. Don't say, 'I can't wait 'til he's born. I can't wait 'til he walks.' Enjoy this part. Enjoy being pregnant. Enjoy the dreaming part."

You just published a book, About Face (Harper Entertainment, 2001), where you make faces with your baby. Did you really let yourself look dopey in photos? Medium dopey. I had to make a monkey face, the kind of thing you look at afterward and think, "Why did I do that exactly?" It's a really sweet book, and it's not about me, which is what my life's like now. It's not about me anymore.

... which is good? Which is good. My sister said something I love: "The greatest thing about having kids is that you don't need to prioritize anymore because you're looking at your priorities." That's the truth.

— Celeste Fremon