Star Mom: Christy Turlington Burns

She's an internationally famous supermodel, an entrepreneur, a social activist and, most recently, a wife and mother of two children. So when Christy Turlington Burns contacted us to chat '- about life as a new mom and the causes and people who inspire her '- we were (a) shocked that she even has a minute to breathe, let alone interview, and (b) glad to oblige and share her message of do-gooding.

The 37-year-old stunner recently traveled with her mom to her mother's native El Salvador. As an ambassador for the humanitarian organization CARE, Christy met with local women as part of her commitment to empowering and helping them achieve independence. Read on to learn how this trip affected her, why she's so close with her mom, how a supermodel deals with pregnancy cravings '- and why she couldn't care less about the weight gain.

Congrats on the new baby! How does your daughter like being an older sister?
Grace, 2, loves being a big sister. She had been waiting nine months to see who was inside my belly, and now she has him! We all love playing together at home.

Any words of wisdom about "surviving" pregnancy?
I love being pregnant. Even though my second pregnancy was a bit tougher, I still loved it and miss it even now that I've had my son. It's such a good opportunity to take the best care of yourself without feeling at all selfish.

What were some of your cravings?
I always craved foods that I needed nutrients from. I guess it was my body's way of letting me know what I needed most. With Grace, it was avocado and lemonade. With Finn, I craved squash, pumpkin, tahini and nuts.

 

How did you keep fit?
Throughout both pregnancies I did yoga three times a week and Pilates once a week. I walked a lot and also got regular prenatal massages.

Did you have a favorite maternity frock?
I wore my brand, Nuala, throughout both pregnancies '- just sized up as I got bigger.

How did you cope with a changing body when you're used to being couture thin?
I think that shifts in one's body are natural '- not just in pregnancy but throughout a woman's lifetime. I don't think it's healthy to expect otherwise. An expanding body was a very small price to pay for the gift of being pregnant and the gift of a new baby.

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