Also known as The Body, a nickname she shares with fellow models Elle McPherson and Gisele Bündchen, Michelle Alves could also be called the ultimate Cover Girl just as well. With over 100 magazine covers to her credit over the course of her career, Michelle has traded in her stilettos for strollers in recent years. The Brazilian beauty and her husband Guy Oseary – who is Madonna‘s longtime manager – are expecting their third child together.
The model mom opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her third pregnancy, their two older children – Oliver, 5, and Mia, 2 1/2 – and her best tips for moms-to-be and new moms on staying in great shape.
CBS: Congratulations on your third pregnancy! How are you feeling? Do you know the gender?
MA: “Thank you! In general I feel very good. It is surprising considering the amount of activity that comes along with having two kids, or three (I always say that husbands should count as kids). It’s a boy, he is so strong already!”
CBS: When are you due? Are you feeling ‘ready’ to welcome a third child into your family?
MA: “I’m due the first week of January. I’m ready for a third child; I have always wanted to have a big family. Four children has always been my dream ‘number.’ According to my son, I’ll have one more, a girl, and then I’ll be done.”
CBS: Please tell us the names and ages of your two older children. Are they excited to have a little brother or sister?
MA: “Oliver just turned 5 and Mia is 2 1/2 years old. They are very excited. Oliver has his own name picked out for the baby. When I enter the room he says, “The baby has arrived”, and comes to kiss my belly. We brought Mia to an ultrasound and she understands that Mommy actually has a baby inside her belly. She loves showing off to others and lifts up my shirt or dress, [laughs] she is so cute.”
CBS: Have you been working out during your pregnancy? Did you lose the weight easily after your first two pregnancies?
MA: “After my first two pregnancies, by the fifth month I had lost all the weight and at six months I weighed less than before I got pregnant. I breastfed both of my children 5-6 times a day for 14 months, which I think has a lot to do with the weight loss. However, without exercise you don’t get firm so you have to exercise and eat well. It makes me sad when I hear of women using breastfeeding and pregnancy as an excuse to eat crazy amounts of cupcakes and sweets when it should be the opposite. What you eat when you are pregnant can help create healthy eating habits for your baby. Many aspects of a child’s life out of utero are a reflection of his life in utero.”
CBS: What are your best tips for moms-to-be and new moms for staying in shape?
MA: “If you are planning on getting pregnant, start exercising now! I promise it will not be a waste of time. Yes, you will put some weight on but it is good to keep your body active and avoid going into a dormant state. Once your body goes into a dormant state we get lazy and it makes starting again even harder. As long as your doctor says it’s OK, you should try to remain active throughout your pregnancy. After the baby is born you will be tired (with good reason!) but try not to let that become an excuse.
Eating well is also very important. I’m not saying we should only eat salad. Women should be eating proteins, vegetables, fruits and carbohydrates, all in a balance. Avoid sugar and caffeine.
Great exercises during pregnancy are prenatal yoga, water aerobics (adapted to accommodate your new pace) and hiking. After you have the baby and your doctor says it’s OK, you should continue with yoga, do Pilates and lift weights to really tone your body. There are no miracles…you have to do the work!”
CBS: You have over 100 magazine covers to your credit! Are you hoping your children will enter the world of modeling? Why or why not?
MA: “We hope we are raising kids that will be able to find their own passion. I’ve never thought about them following in my footsteps. I feel that modeling is more as a platform that helps you do something else.
The way the fashion industry is right now doesn’t give models the chance to be very creative; the art that used to be there is gone. However, if modeling is what they want, why not?! Anything is valid.”
CBS: Coming from the world of modeling and aesthetic beauty, how do you teach your children about maintaining positive self-image and high self-esteem?
MA: “It’s hard to explain in a few words. We use experiences that happen every day. Outside beauty may open doors but it certainly doesn’t guarantee your happiness. True beauty comes from the inside. We try to build their confidence by helping them achieve goals. Kids need to be encouraged to achieve small goals as well as big goals. It can be as simple as learning how to tie their shoes or ride a bike.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
MA: “The third baby! I cannot even think further than that now because it’s so close…so much to do!”View Slideshow »»