With baby #2 on the way in April, expectant mom Laila Ali says she’s looking forward to adding a girl to her happy family. The boxing pro, who has 2-year-old son Curtis Jr with her husband Curtis Conway, recently chatted to Parade about pregnancy, kids and why she works hard to keep up her health-conscious lifestyle.
On her second pregnancy: “Being pregnant was pretty easy for me the first time around. This time has been a little different. I’ve probably gained a little bit more weight. I’m a little more relaxed this time around with my eating! But I’m looking forward to getting back to my old self again after I have the baby.”
On having a daughter: “I don’t feel outnumbered. I actually like being able to say, ‘My boys,’ speaking of my husband and my son, so I’m not going to be able to say that anymore. But I’m looking forward to having a little girl. At first, I was wanting another boy and then I was seeing all these other mothers out with their mini-me’s and I was like, ‘I want a mini-me!'”
On inspiring her kids to stay fit: “Everything I do is around health and wellness. My kids will definitely compete in sports because I think it’s important and healthy for kids when they’re young. I think it’s really important for us to live by example as parents. There’s so many things that we can’t prevent, so we need to stay on top of the things that we can prevent.”