Kendra Wilkinson: From Playmate to Parenthood

10/21/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
Richard Reinsdorf/In Touch Weekly for use on CBB

As a Playboy model, Kendra Wilkinson was used to being admired — and ogled — for her body. But now, seven months pregnant — with a protruding belly, hip pain and swollen hands and feet — the former Girls Next Door star truly has an understanding of what it means to feel beautiful on the inside, too.

“The reason I feel so beautiful is not because of my looks,” says Kendra, who had no problem donning a bikini and proudly showing off her bump. “It’s because of my bond with the baby.”

Kendra, 24, and her doting husband, NFL star Hank Baskett, 27, sat down with In Touch at a studio in their temporary hometown of Indianapolis, where he has a new contract with the Colts, to talk about the highly anticipated arrival of son Henry Baskett IV in December (Kendra’s due date was recently moved up to the 12th). “He’ll be a momma’s boy!” Kendra insists.

During the candid interview, Kendra nibbled on Crumbs cupcakes and Boston Market macaroni and cheese, while Hank playfully patted her belly button, kissed her and constantly asked if she needed anything. “We are so excited,” she adds. “This bundle of joy will make us one big happy family!”

Click below for In Touch’s interview and two more photos!

Richard Reinsdorf/In Touch Weekly for use on CBB

How much weight have you gained so far?
Kendra Wilkinson: I have gained 40 pounds. I still have a month-and-a-half to go. I was 110 or 115 and now weigh 150.

How do you feel about the weight gain?
KW: There are things I love about it. I love that my hips are growing, even though it hurts. I want that butt and am starting to get it, so I’m excited.

What have you been craving?
KW: I’ve been eating a lot of breakfast — eggs, bacon and cheese sandwiches with wheat toast, a lot of waffles with peanut butter. Peanut butter is my biggest craving. I actually put bananas and syrup all over it, too.

Even though I don’t usually eat much meat, I’ve been eating a lot of ribs with barbecue sauce and steak. Also, my craving for chocolate came back. I never ate it before because it gave me migraines.

What kind of dad will Hank be?
KW: The best role model in the whole world! I am so happy we’re having a boy first because I am excited to see the relationship between little Hank and Hank. I want him to be himself, but also have the same characteristics as Hank.

Richard Reinsdorf/In Touch Weekly for use on CBB

Has it changed your sex life?
KW: Yes, it’s changed our sex life — for the worse [laughs]. I am a wild girl in bed and I can’t really be that wild anymore because I have limits now. I have 40 extra pounds in my belly, so I get tired easily.

But no, of course, it’s still great. I have a great man in bed, he definitely knows how to please me. But, yeah, we’ll be better after when we have more energy!

Do you feel prettier pregnant?
KW: I have never felt this beautiful! The one thing I love about being pregnant is my skin, I used to have the worst acne. My whole life it’s been horrible — on The Girls Next Door, it was disgusting. This is the best skin that I have ever had in my life!

What’s the best thing about being pregnant?
KW: The greatest thing is probably just feeling like a queen. Everybody does everything for me. And Hank is always just giving me unconditional love — that different type of love that I’ve never felt before.

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Cammie on

I am so happy for them~!

Debbie on

It is nice to hear normal stuff, like she gained weight, has cravings and most of all loves her body and booty. She looks super adorable and her exictement about having a baby is wonderful.

Erin on

Uggh, who cares about her sex life-

Lauren on

Kendra: You’re 7 months pregnant and at a photoshoot, WEAR A BRA!!!!!!!

Michelle Z. on

Why must they photoshop so much? The article focuses on how beautiful she feels at this stage of her life and pregnancy, and then they turn around and photoshop the pictures!

Viv on

Being pregnant is the most beautiful feeling in the world! I’m so happy for Kendra & Hank!

dannie on

Wow, I wish I didn’t read that. Looking at the pictures should have been enough……

JMO on

Cosigns with Erin!

The more she speaks the less I like this chick.

And pregnant or not could that picture be anymore photoshopped??

Jess on

After when you have more energy? My first is 2 & I’m STILL waiting to get energy back. lol

Amy on

Jess- I know what you mean. I have a 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old. I still have no energy!!

Jessica on

Lauren too funny! That’s also the first thing I noticed…

Jackie on

Every article is about the weight.

Liliana on

Can’t wait to see their little guy. I’m sure he’ll be adorable.

crimpe on

wow that was grody. the nip in the nighty photo, the airbrushed sex alien shot and the quotes are just…so her.

finais on

Good for her! She seems so happy. I also felt more beautiful while I was pregnant than I do when I’m not pregnant. Something about it.

kristina stanley on

You ladies all must be lazy then! I have an 8 month old and have lots of eneergy! Get out and excersize!

Shannon on

Okay, is it really necessary for us to have to see every single thing through her dress. Ew.

Karen on

WOW Kristina

Lets be a little more judgemental, shall we?????
I have a 3 1/2 yr old and a 5 month old….not only am i still sleep deprived, but I also lack energy.

You don’t know the first thing about these ladies. I am happy and I envy you to have energy, but you have no right to call others lazy

dlock on

I like the blue dress! I don’t think a bra is needed for this dress, but maybe a nipple shield??!! LOL
Maybe its the breast implants or just pregnancy that makes the nipples noticable??!! lol
When Kendra wears the bathing suit (a bikini), it seems like her boobs are huuuugggeee! Like their is no poportion to her shape, top heavy.
But, I still like the updates about this growing family. Pregancy makes me happy, the miracle of life. 🙂

Kaylee on

These pics looks so phony and airbrushed, not natural at all. I wish them the best though…

kristina stanley on

Well then maybe they shouldn’t be judging Kendra!Works both ways!

Mariel on

Kristina i bet my life you are pregnant with first child! lol
i mean, you have time to do some exercise!

Jessicad on

She’s so cute pregnant!! They seem like a great couple. I remember having great skin and hair when I was pregnant too, miss it:( I don’t see anything wrong with her talking about sex during pregnancy, she’s a former playmate!

Karen on

Kristina stanley

I completely agree

Hea on

What is it with you people and nipples? Women have nipples. Sometimes they protrude. What’s the big deal?
It’s not like she needs a bra to shape her boobies or anything so I don’t at all mind that’s she’s not wearing one. I fully expect there to be a possible nipple somewhere in the equation. It is, after all, completely NORMAL.

I think she looks great. They both do, actually. And some people want to hear that it’s OK to simmer down on the sex while preggers.

hayley on

bunch of negative nellys…..leave the chick alone!, she didn’t have any say in how the pics where airbrushed so why have a pop at her…..

Lauren why should she wear a bra…..because you say so, she has implants so looking errr cold is one of those things you just have to live with , get over yourself its not like she was topless…jeez

dannie then errr why read it! goodness whats the point in reading the post if you don’t like her….whats the point.

i like kendra and am pleased for her, why shouldn’t pregnant woman talk about sex…its how you got pregnant in the first place and its normal and the fact she can wear a swimsuit and feel happy is great! good on her,

Bancie1031 on

Kendra looks great! I can’t wait to see her precious son 😀

L on

Some people on here get so worked up..geeze give the girl a break..who cares!!

Whatever, I love Kendra & Hank and wish them nothing bust the very best!!!

kai on

fascinating interview.

Liliana on

There’s no reason she needs a bra. It’s not as if her entire chest is exposed. It’s her attire and whether she chooses to wear one or not is completely her decision. If it’s something you’re not comfortable viewing, scroll past it.

The magazine chooses to airbrush photos so that was not Kendra’s doing. Also, the interviewer was the one to question her sex life. She responded to a simple question. Sex during pregnancy is completely normal so I don’t think it’s something taboo that shouldn’t be discussed.

Bren on

Dlock, it’s probably the implants. I have them as well and my nipples stand out in dresses like that, sometimes even with a bra!

cassie on

she looks amazing!

dlock on

Thanks Bren, I thought that could be the case. I hope I didn’t offend anyone about having implants. I just seem to notice that seems to be the case with implants. I know being pregnant I seem to have the nipple problem more often now. lol

Stéph on

Isn’t the baby’s name Hank Baskett IV?? Instead of Henry, as written in the article.

I think she is a little bit like Nicole Richie. I think she is more respected in her new role than she was before.
I wish them happiness and a healthy baby.

Ann on


JMO on

Hayley it’s not that she can’t talk about sex it’s the way she comes of “I’m a wild woman in bed!”…ugh who really cares!! The fact that In Touch is even asking her these questions is bizarre…well I guess not after all it’s a tabloid and she’s an ex playmate so I stand corrected.

And I have to say I’m a nanny of 2 four year olds and a 19 mos old and I get a FULL nights rest, take multivitamins, exercise and eat properly and I’m STILL TIRED after my long day. So I feel for all you mommy’s who are very tired! Kids are highly exhausting!

ZBP on

Steph- Hank is a nickname to Henry. and Hanks name is Henry but he goes by Hank.

hayley on

JMO Says Hayley it’s not that she can’t talk about sex it’s the way she comes of “I’m a wild woman in bed!”…ugh who really cares!! The fact that In Touch is even asking her these questions is bizarre…well I guess not after all it’s a tabloid and she’s an ex playmate so I stand corrected

i understand but i’m 24 and thats the kinda chat i had with my girlfriends, and it would seam to me that kendra is like that but just more errr public with it and kinda just shares with every one, sex in pregnancy is so many things, its normal, funny even, stange it can be more fun, less fun and even for some scary so to hve sme one be so open and funny its kind refreshing, jenny mccarthy book who i now moved away from her playmate past was the same in her book and i loved it! thats just me , i hope she stays open and honest.

stephanie on

she looks good. wish i looked that good & i have an extra month on her! congrats to them! she’s gotta tell me the acne secret b/c mine is way worse being pregnant!

Amanda on

I will never understand why people click on the Kendra posts if they don’t like her. Nobody is making you read it if it irritates you that much. As far as energy, I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old and am just now starting to get tired due to being in my 3rd trimester and being up several times a night…a few weeks ago I had all the energy in the world. And it doesn’t take time to exercise, just effort. I workout at home all the time when the kids are occupied, it’s easy to take 10 min here and 10 min there if you want to and if you want energy exercise IS the best way to get it.

Aimee on

He he 🙂 I think it’s cute that she thinks that she is going to have energy after the baby is born.

Jenny on

Goodluck to her and her family. I like the pic of her and Hank. Im glad that she feels comfortable with her new body.

Jenny on

It would be so cute to see their new baby boy in some colts outfit. I from that city and I enjoy the Colts.

Shawna on

Of course she is going to have energy after the baby is born, she will most likely bottlefeed and have a nanny take care of all the night feedings. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of us had that luxury, but no, I guess I am just “lazy” being exhausted with 3 children, one of whom has a sleep disorder. I should just go exercise and that will make it all better!

JMO on

Hayley it may be what you chat about with your girlfriends but would it be something you’d want posted for everyone to see in a magazine??

Some things should be left in the privacy of one’s bedroom…thats all I’m saying.

I get Kendra. She’s a very open honest person…but at the end of the day do we REALLY care about her sex life with HAnk? I don’t.

kris on

LOL! I’m never surprised about anything when it comes to Kendra. She’s a total hoot (and the exact opposite of me) but I like her. She seems to have found a really nice guy to marry and start a family with. I think that’s great.

Liliana on

I don’t think it’s necessary to make assumptions regarding how Kendra will parent her newborn son, especially since he’s not even here yet.

That said, it would be nice if exercise could fix everything. I do so on a daily basis but at the end of most days, I’m still exhausted. If you’re constantly energized, that’s great for you, but don’t make the assumption that because someone else isn’t, they’re lazy.

SH on


SH on

And Shawna, Thank you! Hit the nail on the head there…

she WILL have all the energy because she’ll have ONE baby and probably TWO nannies!!

Robyn on

Shawna, yes, us bottle feeding moms have all the energy in the world. I still have very little energy with my bottle feeding infant. She still eats just as much as a breastfed baby.

I do agree that it’s naive of her to think she’ll have energy after the baby is born. It’s really one of those things you have to experience for yourself because you have no idea until the baby is here! But I’m proud of her to get out there and show off her pregnant body and feel beautiful regardless of her size. I wish more women would feel beautiful while pregnant.

Brandi on

She has already said she wants to breastfeed. Why do people seem to want to set her up for failure? It’s very odd.

urbanadventurertales on

I agree with Liliana… she was responding to a question, so it’s not like she’s trying to air her sex life in public.
I’m interested to see how the reality of motherhood will change her, though. I think she has no clue what she’s in for and I hope she will not just use nannies all the time.

Michelle Z. on

I wanted to come back and say that my comments about the photoshopping were not aimed at Kendra, herself, but at the magazine. Kendra obviously feels beautiful and is proud and comfortable with her body, and I feel like it’s kind of insulting to her, sort of like In Touch is telling her “you might feel beautiful, but we find you unsightly”. She very clearly states that she loves her hips and curves, and in that second photo her hips look about the same size as her head. Even that in the first photo, they’ve ‘shopped her arms. Why, In Touch, why?

Silly Mama on

I agree with most about the airbrushing thing. She had no control over that.

However, someone somewhere along the way didn’t put the bug in her ear that maybe the blue dress showed a little more than she thought? I would hope that someone would warn me that my brights were on, y’know. Besides, it is on the CBB front page. It’s not something you can really miss.

The camel toe in the first bikini pic is a nice touch though. [/sarcasm]

Why read the article? I like Kendra and I was fine reading this nice normal interview until I got to the bedroom talk. A simple “no comment” would have sufficed. When that baby is older, he is going to come across that article and be like “Oh, this is a nice interview mom gave way back when…. Ahhhhh, Ewwwww!” Or his friends are going to have a field day about it when he is 15. Take your pick.

Talking about sex with your girlfriends is one thing. Talking about sex in a public interview where millions of people are privy to the conversation is another. When you’re in the public eye like this, you need to have a little more tact. How many of you would get up on stage at a packed Madison Square Garden and announce that you are wild in bed and that your husband knows how to please you? This is not much different.

Sarah M. on

Silly Mamma – While I agree with you in that I don’t feel the need to air my sex life to whomever will listen, I just remind myself that she is an ex-playmate and it’s not like it’s a foreign topic of conversation to her.

I think it entirely depends on the person as to how much energy they have. Some people have tons of energy on 6 or 7 hours of sleep, a few vitamins, exercise, 4 kids and who knows what else! Others don’t have a lot on 8 hours, every vitamin you can imagine, plenty of exercise, no kids, etc.! A friend of mine can fall asleep at the drop of a hat, vitamins & sleep & exercise or not. (She is a nurse and works three 12 hour shifts a week and has a 4 month old and 17 month old at home, also.) Even before her job and her kids she was the same way. Some people naturally have more energy than others.

Anna on

I don’t really get this girl, she sounds so immature and does she or the magazine made a endorsement deal with the companies that she eats the snacks from? Why are they linked?

I don’t see the issue with the blue dress. It’s not like you see her nipple it’s just a natural think that happens sometimes.

J on

That dress is a great color on her!

Why are some of you so darn nasty toward this girl? She’s been picked at since day one of her announcement with comments like how she talkes to much about being excited for her baby. Really? You have THAT to pick on? Grow up…

J on

Shawna, why are you being so bitter?

pixie on

Karen and Kristina,Its unfair for you to say that lack of energy for mom’s is do to laziness and no exercise. Being a mom who works out to stay healthy and trys to be active with my small kids I gotta say by the time the kids are in bed the furthest thing from my mind is wild sex,I’m lucky if I make it till 9pm.I think all the comments were saying is that Kendra is thinking once she’s not pregnant everything will be back to normal,when in fact that baby might be a bit more of handful then she thinks.I always say to 1st time pregnant moms when they complain”Fun Fact: babies are easier to take care of while in the belly enjoy it.”

Ellen Smith on

She’s huge. Her weight gain is extremely unhealthy and from what I’m reading, mac n’ cheese and cupcakes (carbs and sugar) aren’t the best choices. Now I can hear all of the other posters saying “how do you know if she’s healthy” and I don’t, but common sense dictates that a 40 lb. plus weight gain for a pregnancy is unrecommended and the foods she craves are not the best choices for her or her baby.

Karen on


Karen and Kristina,Its unfair for you to say that lack of energy for mom’s is do to laziness….no kidding go back and read my post.
Thats the same point I made

pixie on

Karen- the other Karen #24 after you had posted said she agreed with kristina.I was also commenting on how alot of mums are overwhelmed after the birth cause they had no idea how much work is involved I read your post and agreed with you.Thanks for being so friendly about it.

acorrado on

Love that girl!!! She is such a riot and totally real! Whether amongst friends or not YOU can talk about anything your are comfortable with and Kendra is comfortable. I watch Kendra’s show as an escape from my reality which isn’t a bad reality just my reality. To watch her show…when I can of course… is such a hoot, it’s what I like, not what everyone would choose but what I choose and I LOVE it! Keep on keepin’ on Kendra…Go Kendra! I have 2 boys so I know what you are in for and as hard as boys can be…they are just so wonderful, such a gift as is any child. So happy for you!

CelebBabyLover on

Brandi- I agree! Kendra has made it clear that she plans to breastfeed. 🙂

Liliana on

Wow, Ellen. She’s far from huge. Unless you know her daily diet, I’d refrain from making judgements. You can’t tell her medical history from a few items she tells a magazine she has craved during pregnancy.

torgster on

What is wrong with you people? You have time to belittle and backstab on blogs yet your kids are running you so ragged that you have no energy? Why not get out and exercize with your kids in the time you waste on here? Would be a lot more beneficial for all of you.

Gabbadoo on

Exactly torgster! Thank you..these women are extremely petty and is really sad that they can find negative in just about any article in this blog. I’m not the biggest fan of Kendra, but out of the 3 ex-girlfriends of Hef, she had the best personality. She is gorgeous and absolutely stunning pregnant. Who cares if her nipples are noticeable..really? I’ve seen pregnant women be completely naked for’s a wonderful time in a woman’s life…can’t we remember Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair..hmmmm? And she was asked a question and she gave an answer…an honest answer..PLAIN AND SIMPLE. There are so many REAL issues in this World today and you spend your energy on a silly little interview with pictures of an ex reality star…tragedy

SH on

i’m actually breastfeeding my youngest while typing this. my OTHER 3 kids, all under 5 years old, are sleeping. wow, i’m a lazy butt. and you, like the other poster kristina stanley, need to go out and take a spelling class and learn how to spell EXERCISE since you’re recommending it to everyone. that might be beneficial to YOU.

CelebBabyLover on

SH- Calm down! I agree with you as far as it being unfair to call people you don’t even know “lazy”, but to say that torgster and kristina should take a spelling class…! Just about everbody makes typos on occasion. That doesn’t mean they aren’t good spellers.

For example, they, like you, could be nursing their baby while typing, and as a result be typing with one hand or even just a couple fingers, which can result in typos. Or maybe they just plain hit the wrong key by mistake.

CelebBabyLover on

I’m a bit confused by something. Wasn’t Kendra a Playboy Bunny rather than a Playmate?

Nicki on

Hank seems like such a great guy – he has really grounded Kendra I think.

Much luck to them!

Hea on

Celeb Baby Lover – True, she has never been a playmate. She was a bunny and on Girls Next Door.

gargoylegurl on

I love this family and enjoy the updates about her pregnancy. Kendra has a genuineness to her; I find her honesty refreshing!

Ashamed on

I’m totally ashamed to read some of the comments on this article! I’m African and live is southern Africa. I was brought up to not say anything at all when I don’t have a nice thing to say to someone! I don’t understand what the fuss is all about. I like Kendra and I’ happy that she’s such a responsible person. She looks beautiful even pregnant. I think she’s one of the most honest American Celebrities. What you see is what you get with her. Why do so many people have to say so many negative things about people? Really? What does being pregnant have to do with wearing a bra? If she feels comfortable not wearing one why should you make it your problem? As for her talking about sex, isn’t it what she did to get pregnant in the first place?
I’m ashamed because some of those nasty comments are written by women!

Positive Momma! on

….Way late but if anyone still reads this, some babies sleep through the whole night from day 1, AND don’t cry…My 7 month old has been this way from the beginning and I take care of her 24/7 and some may disagree but I think it has a lot to do w/ your attitude and temperment, when I’m upset or angry it affects her, if I’m happy and positive she is that way w/ me! I get 10hrs sleep and work from home w/ her, have TONS of energy! Not everyone has the same experiences w/ newborns and it upsets me how everyone always says how ‘you’ll never sleep again’ etc because if you think that way you wont! People make parenting out to be entirely harder than it actually is, people have been doing it from the beginning of time!