Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett’s Blog: Happy, Healthy and Hormonal

05/15/2014 at 08:00 PM ET

Thank you for welcoming our celebrity blogger, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett!

The reality star, who first gained popularity on Girls Next Door, has been on television for nine years and is the author of Being Kendra: Cribs, Cocktails and Getting My Sexy Back.

Wilkinson-Baskett, 28, now stars with her family, including husband Hank Baskett and their 4-year-old son Hank IV, on Kendra On Top on WE tv.

The couple, married since 2009, will welcome their second child — a girl! — in mid May.

You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @KendraWilkinson.

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Hi everyone!

Success! Since the last post I had sex! My confidence is back so I must be doing something right!

I thought for my second post I’d share something that I’ve been working on my entire pregnancy: eating healthy. Instead of finishing a box of cookies for my snack, I’ve been getting my sugar from smoothies, fruit and the occasional Peeps. ;) Though the scale doesn’t lie, what’s happening?!?!

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When I was pregnant with Lil Hank, I gained 60 pounds on this 5’3″ body. Needless to say the week, months, even years after Lil Hank was born were filled with diet after diet.

Although I’ve gained over 40 pounds, I’m still determined to stay on track to manage my weight while pregnant in the hopes that it will benefit me when Basket Baby #2 arrives. From swimming to running around the soccer field with Lil Hank, I’m getting my fill for exercise. Although I’m not as fast as I used to be, I’m still trying to keep up the hard work.

I’ve also been taking the time during the pregnancy to teach myself how to cook, instead of sitting around on the couch. I never really thought it was important until realizing that I’m about to be a mother of two and I want to make sure I take control and know what is going in and out of my family’s bodies. (LOL)

I’ve started making salads at home mainly because I can measure the amounts of everything. They don’t look gourmet, but they’re healthy and made the way I want them.

My favorite salad — and one that I usually make myself — is pretty simple. I cut up lettuce, toss in a little cheese, add some avocado — my favorite — squeeze lemon juice on it and a sprinkle of Italian dressing. Sometimes I’ll add a protein just to ensure I get my protein for the meal.

I used to put balsamic vinegar on my salads, but I heard a rumor that it could put you in labor and I’m not ready for that yet. (LOL)

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While I’ve been watching what goes into my body this pregnancy, I’m also looking at what is on my body, especially my face and hair. With my hormones raging, my skin is taking the brunt of it. So, unless I’m headed to an event or in need of getting fixed up, my face is going make-up free. I think the natural glow from pregnancy is so much easier to maintain than putting on foundation, blush and mascara.

I’ve started using products like (and, no, I’m not getting paid by any of these brands to plug, LOL): Novena Skincare, Éminence Organic Skincare and Embryolisse.

I’ve also been drinking a lot of water and even trying to go deodorant-free (Hank doesn’t really like that LOL). You can call me a hippie, but for my hair I may not even wash it for a whole week!

When I have time to just sit and think about life — which at this point sends me into a panic because I think there’s STILL so much to do to get ready for this baby – there are so many things I want to do.

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Besides teaching myself how to cook, I’m also taking notes on ideas and goals to work on once this baby arrives — from book ideas to the next shoot date for my reality show to ensuring Lil Hank makes it on time to a preschool event.

It is also important to me to have some low-key family time, so we skipped out on Coachella this year and took a little babymoon outside of the city. It was so relaxing!

I could go on and on, but I think that is enough for now.

Until next time!

– Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett

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linda on

She is absolutely beautiful without the makeup! LUCKY

Clinton on

Come on People Mag, this is not someone to put on or in this magazine. She is nothing to be talking about!

Lee on

Love her!!!

krista on

Love her.

Anonymous on

Nice post!

summer on

I do not understand why a mother and wife would move away from her husband and father of her children. To pursue a career? Most of the public viewed her career as a former playboy model/girl friend that is it. So….not understanding why she would move further away from her husband. He misses out on his babies milestones and is alone aside from team mates during the season. A lot of men would not even go for that…and most women I know would not ever move away from a man they are supposed to love and support. Really??!

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