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A Pregnant Padma Lakshmi Poses Nude

Reality Check: Padma Lakshmi Doesn't Mind Gaining Weight

Gaining weight isn't something many of us would be psyched about, but when it comes to being pregnant, it's common to put on between 11 and 40 pounds to grow a healthy baby. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, 39, is not only accepting the weight gain, but embracing the extra poundage, by posing nude on the cover of Page Six Magazine. The former model says,

"I like me better naked. I don't mean that in a vain way . . . When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don't have any clothes on, it's just you, raw, and you can't hide."

Padma is also taking on a healthy attitude about her changing body and her physical limitations while being pregnant, sharing, "One of the reasons I think I've gained weight pretty quickly during my pregnancy is that I'm not exercising as much as I do normally . . . I can't. I'm feeling tired."

The now-curvy foodie also wisely says, "You hope that with age, what you pay for in gravity, you gain in gravitas. I'm sure my thighs looked better when I was 25, but I think my mind is better today." I think she sounds happy to be having a child and rolling well with the bodily changes that accompany pregnancy; what about you?

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