Padma Lakshmi on pregnancy: I can’t box, can’t jump rope

Keep A Child Alive's 6th Annual Black Ball

Since Padma Lakshmi announced her “miracle” pregnancy in early October, she’s been flashing her proud baby bump all over the place. These pictures are from Padma’s red carpet appearance at Keep A Child Alive’s 6th Annual Black Ball in New York last week. I love the dress, but I absolutely hate Padma’s hair. Still, she looks gorgeous and boob-tastic.

Padma still hasn’t said a word about the baby daddy, though. At one point, CB was thinking that Padma and Jeremy Piven might have something going on, based on the fact that they were eating together and put pictures of each other up on their Twitter. I kind of think Padma and Jeremy are just friends considering they’re not really each other’s type. Jeremy likes them really young, and Padma likes them really old. I think the best guess for baby-daddy is her former (or current?) boyfriend Ted Forstmann, who is like 70 years old. Anyway, Padma was telling OK! Magazine about her pregnancy, and she lamented having to leave behind parts of her workout:

Many celebrity moms-to-be already have a plan in place to shed the weight gained during pregnancy before they’ve even gotten the result on the pregnancy test. But for pregnant Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, she’s not only not worrying that far ahead, she’s expecting that the birth of her first child will change her figure forever.

Rather than fret about getting back to pre-baby weight, Padma says she’s more concerned about having a healthy, beautiful baby.

“I don’t expect my body to be exactly how it was before pregnancy,” she explained at Thursday night’s 6th Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.

“If it doesn’t, it’s okay. It’s a really small price to pay for me. I really want to be a mother. I’m really happy! I don’t care if I go up a size!”

Because of the pregnancy, Padma admits she’s “working out less. I’m on the treadmill or lame dumbbells! I can’t box! I can’t jump rope!”

One thing that is helping keep her in shape is the fact that she’s not yet begun craving any high-calorie snacks. “It’s so boring… I’m not having any cravings,” she reveals. “I’m eating really well. I always ate well. I’m eating everything. The only thing I’m not eating is sushi or any raw food.”

So what’s the one thing she’s looking most forward to about being a mom? Answers Padma, “Just to see my baby’s face!”

[From OK! Magazine]

Considering her age (39) and her own admission of struggles with endometriosis, I’d think that Padma is probably being very, very careful with her pregnancy. Her doctors are probably telling her not to take any kind of risk on anything. I hope she just takes it easy and gives in to every food craving she has. Maybe she could force Tom Colicchio to make her food every day. He’d probably be happy to.

Padma is seen on the red carpet for Keep A Child Alive’s 6th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 15, 2009 in New York City. Photo credit: Getty/PicApp.

Padma Lakshmi arrives at the Keep a Child Alive's 6th Annual Black Ball in New York

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  1. Firestarter says:

    I like Padma, although she has been kind of crabby and mean on Top Chef this season.

    Still, good for her, being able to overcome a medical problem and being able to conceive. I wish her the best.

  2. nAynAy says:

    Just wanted to wish Padma congratulations!

  3. Cojo says:

    She looks stunning. The extra bit of weight suits her very well. Perhaps she should try to not lose all her baby weight after she delivers.

  4. Jen says:

    I noticed a trends of celebrities getting bangs when they get pregnant…

    Hmmmm, I wonder why? No Botox for 40 weeks perhaps?

  5. snowball says:

    Aah, that’s it! Dumb me couldn’t figure out what was wrong with Padma’s face – it’s the damn bangs.

    For the record, I’m a woman who’s birthed babies. Well, baby, and I had a ton of complications, so I’m not smacking her because she’s preggo. I hope she is taking it very easy and I wish her nothing but the best.

    But, eek.

  6. TaylorB says:

    She looks wonderful, the hairdo is unforturnate though.

    Good for her and I hope it all goes well.

  7. jon says:

    Damn those nipples are peeking thru! Showing too much of those milk jugs….

  8. Maya says:

    Indian’s age very well…so I do not believe she does botox. However,I am always stunned by America’s love for Padma. She was a highly paid call girl in Europe. Married a rich old sugar daddy her ex client and then left him and moved to the States. She could NEVER get a TV job in the UK or work for the BBC b/c of her pass which is well known. She is very educated and speaks a few languages but thats b/c her sugar daddies where from that country and she adapts to suitations really well.

  9. Essie says:

    Maya, you are a total liar!!! Padma is from a wealthy Indian family. Everybody knows that. Also, why would she want to be on the BBC when she can be famous in America?? American celebity is the Gold Standard. That’s why all those English, European and Australian actors want so badly to make it in America. That’s where the money is. So your stupid lies about the BBC not wanting Padma is stupid. Just STFU, you liar!!!

  10. jm says:

    Sorry Essie, but she IS kind of slutty. And full of plastic. The nose, boobs (pre-pregnancy) and mouth, probably eyes as well, are not what she was born with.

  11. Diwali1 says:

    Kind of slutty? I’d say totally slutty! I cannot stand this woman! She is highly self centered and speaks like she is trying to keep her mouth closed. Ugh, I even change the channel when its her turn to talk on the food network station. I wonder if her kid will look like Salman Rushdie? Lol….

    Essie – you need to take a step down…Maya IS 100% CORRECT! Padma comes from a family of sabzi wallas!

  12. spiceh says:

    I have never liked her, I don’t know why exactly. However, I wish her much luck and health with the baby coming on the way.

  13. Trillion says:

    She looks like a swarthy Mia Farrow in this photo.

  14. Essie says:

    Padma is not on the Food Network!! Guess you’re changing the channel on someone else!!

    There is nothing wrong with not liking a person but there is a lot wrong with telling tall tales about someone you don’t know!!! And, since when does having plastic surgery make you a “slut”? That means every actor/actress and everybody on TV is a slut. Idiots!!

  15. Sulu says:

    First of all, Padma is South Indian and from a very well respected family.
    I personally knew Padma’s cousin and the whole family was very well-to-do and very very educated.
    And with all that fitness and workouts…she must be keeping very healthy and getting out all the toxins- hence the tight, glowing skin…doesnt look like she did botox…she does look extremely tired though

  16. Essieareudesi says:

    lol @ Essie! Please girlfriend, go take your meds! You’re embarrassing yourself.

  17. ToddRug says:

    ESSIE, Padma is on the Food Network DUMBASS! Go google it moron! Hahah, I just love it when people make themselves an easy target to make fun of.

  18. For Sooth? says:

    And she can’t rock a hair do. This is so unflattering for her.

    I just can’t like this woman. Her voice bugs the heck out of me, she just sounds so bored on Top Chef, like she doesn’t want to be there, that it is all so mundane for her.

    And I feel sorry for the married male contestants on the show each time she saunters onto the set. She must think she is the best thing on two legs and she obviously wants to get a rise out of everyone. Must be a self esteem issue, but she needn’t use the men that way. I’m sure they are missing their wives and family without her having to flaunt herself that way. A bitchy move for sure.

  19. jule says:

    what is a sabzi wallas?

  20. NFLer says:

    Oh Lord don’t let Daddy be Jeremy Piven, he’s a jerk. I’d like to think she’s classier than that.

  21. dk says:

    jm #10: her nose mouth boobs AND eyes??? So what’s left? Are her arms and legs fake too? There are people who are born good-looking in this world. She was a model from the age of 16. Did she have fake eyes nose and mouth by then? The comments on this board are so ridiculous sometimes.
    To the other comments, I agree she is slutty, but she did have a messed up childhood. To me she is annoying and slutty but definitely pretty.

  22. Prakash says:

    She has done all sorts of things to become famous. Now, coming from a well educated and well – to – do families doesn’t mean a thing. We see everyday examples of girls from such families doing all sorts of things.We know what modeling career involves and we know she married a famous, rich writer and got into limelight. She is dating rich older men. No younger man would fall for her probably. And she may not be telling who the father. There is always a chance she doesn’t know.

  23. Pat says:

    I tried to google it but can’t get a clear answer, did Padma in fact have a nose job or not? Anyone know for sure?

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  27. nadja paul says:

    Everyone in the high-class modelling industry in Europe (Chanel, saint laurent etc.) knows that padma Laksmi was a mediocre and failed model but a very successful and sought-after call-girl. Yher fact that her family was middle-class has noting to do with it. She chased sugar daddies, posed for nude photos to make more money, to become famous and satisfy her never-ending ambitions.