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Gisele Opens Up About Pregnancy, Birth, and Returning to Work

We already know about her bathtub waterbirth that didn't hurt a bit and how safe she felt during delivery. Now, in her first US interview, Gisele Bundchen graces the April cover of Vogue with a photo shoot showing off her six-week-old son, Benjamin, and her post-baby body. She also discusses how she kept her weight gain to 30 pounds, how the baby got his name and who was at her side during the birth – her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, her mom, and a friend from Brazil who served as a midwife. Here are the highlights:

On keeping out of the public eye: “I felt like my pregnancy was a sacred moment for me. I stayed in Boston and I didn’t work apart from the contracts I have, and then I only let them use my face.”

On staying in shape while pregnant: “I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born, and yoga three days a week. I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds.”


On her baby’s name, Benjamin Rein: “I wanted him to be called River because I wanted something always flowing, immortal. My husband said, ‘There’s no way we’re going to call him River.’ But my father’s name is Reinoldo, so it’s a homage to him. And it’s like water.”

On having a big family: “I’m so lucky to have my little munchkin, and I have two because I also have John.”

On returning to work for the first time: “I got to the studio and I felt like I was E.T.—whoa, what’s going on? Hair and makeup? I hadn’t looked at myself in a mirror for a month and a half… Usually, as I walk through the door into that atmosphere, I already feel different. There’s a button that goes On and I’m On. And when I go On, there is almost no me; there is just a character who is doing all this. This time it wasn’t like that… For the first time, I think I actually saw me—the inside—instead of the persona.”

On the secret to getting through each day: “The first is wake up in the morning and be grateful you are here, alive and healthy. And the second is: Give.”

Source: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue

Source: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue<br />

Source: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue

Source: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue

Source: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue
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SherryBelle SherryBelle 7 years
jennibean- i agree...the garbage disposal thing was a little off-putting. i find her generally likeable, but sometimes she sounds snippy. she should just admit that she had to keep the pounds off because it's her job to stay skinny! she shouldn't dog on other women for indulging their pregnancy cravings.
babysugar babysugar 7 years
I am beginning to think she really is superhuman with those abs six weeks after delivery!
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Some of the things she says, she seems so obnoxious to me.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol that kid is huge
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