Laila Ali Attempts to Tame Her Sweet Tooth

02/10/2011 at 03:00 PM ET
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Laila Ali thought she knew what to expect when she was expecting; after all, this isn’t the first time the former boxer and Dancing with the Stars contestant has gone through a pregnancy. But it turns out, life is full of surprises.

This pregnancy I’m a little surprised — I’m having cravings,” she told PEOPLE at the Red Dress Collection show at Lincoln Center, where she walked the runway in a gown from A Pea in the Pod.

“The first pregnancy I didn’t — now I crave sweets, sweets, sweets!” says Ali, 33, who’s expecting a girl she plans to name Sydney in early April.

“I’ve got to watch it because I’ve got two more months to go; I already put on 30 pounds.”

But despite Ali’s sugar cravings, everything else about the pregnancy is just all part of life.

“I don’t get shocked easily but when you’re pregnant, your body changes and you just have to accept it,” she notes. “It’s such a short period of time that it comes and goes quickly and then you can get back to yourself.”

And in order to stay at optimal health during her pregnancy, Ali makes sure to continue her routine, which includes an a.m. workout and cooking at home.

“I make sure I get up and work out in the morning, otherwise I won’t,” she explains. “I cook probably five days a week for myself and my family because I know what’s going in the food. I try to use organic ingredients.”

And in addition to staying fit during pregnancy, Ali said one of the other most important aspects is taking time for herself to regroup and relax.

“Women are the backbones of the family,” she said. “Life just happens that way and I think it’s really important for us to take time for ourselves. If you’re not happy and you’re not taking care of yourself, everything else falls apart.”

— Kimberly Peiffer

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Sarah S. on

She looks glorious, as always!

brannon on

Wow! She looks amazing!

Tee on

My goodness, Laila is beautiful! I’m looking forward to hearing about Sydney’s birth and seeing a picture of her!

Sat on

Gorgeous!! Just stunning! You go girl with your baby girl 🙂

KC on

Her son is one of the cutest babies I’ve ever seen, so I’m sure Sydney will be just as adorable.

blessedwithboys on

Laila, I hope that if you try again for a homebirth, you are safe and successful.

(Of course, I wish that either way!)

CelebBabyLover on

I have to chuckle, because there’s an old wive’s tale that if a woman craves sweets while she’s pregnant, she’ll have a girl. Obviously Lalia is one case where the old wives tales are right! 🙂

martina on

Wow, she looks amazing. Love the dress.

TM on

She’s just glowing! She looks like a goddess!

sarawara on

Hands down, she is the sexiest woman alive. In my mind, she is the ideal woman. Curvy, healthy and confident. I’m excited for her and Curtis; the more the merrier!

mmh on

She looks sooooo great! Love that dress!!

SAR on

She looks pretty and I’m glad she’s having a girl to go with her little boy, but that dress isn’t flattering. It’s much too tight.

MiB on

Wow! She looks gorgeous!

Sydney on

She looks absolutely gorgeous.

I love her name choice, ha!

Ashley on

Ooooh Sydney’s my favorite name! 🙂 Very cool!

Shannon on

She is gorgeous!

Nella on

Wow, she looks beautiful! Love that color on her and I love the name Sydney!

Kelli on

She is so beautiful!! So happy for her!