Molly Sims Shares Her Secret to Bouncing Back After Giving Birth

02/26/2015 at 12:30 PM ET

After tying the knot at 38, Molly Sims immediately wanted to start a family — and her wish came true when she got pregnant on her honeymoon.

Fast-forward to the couple trying to conceive their second child, and the model’s age — she was now 41 — posed a much bigger problem.

“People always think, ‘Oh, you have to take care of yourself once you get pregnant or when you have the baby,’ but your body is like a garden,” Sims says in the latest issue of The Bump.

“You have to feed it and make sure it’s fertile before you even start trying. I saw a great acupuncturist who put me on fertility teas.”

Once she became pregnant — Sims is now expecting a daughter in March — the mom-to-be stuck with her healthy habits but eased up on her workout routine.

“My body just didn’t feel like I needed it, especially in the middle months, and I didn’t want to push it as hard,” she explains. “Some days you have the energy, and some days you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus.”

Molly Sims pregnant The Bump cover
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And while she may have lightened up on her exercises, Sims is going full force when it comes to her citrus cravings. After snacking on apples while pregnant with son Brooks Alan, now 2½,  she is back to favoring fruits.

“But this time around I’ve had so many mandarin oranges and grapefruits to the point where I got gastritis,” The Everyday Supermodel author shares. “It’s really painful, but I can’t stop! Normally I don’t even drink [orange juice], but this morning I drank it straight from the jug. It’s so weird.”

Once her daughter arrives, Sims hopes to bounce back with the same approach she used during her first pregnancy: In addition to working out for two hours a day, she wore two pairs of Spanx for nine hours a day for the first four months.

“It totally sucks, but it helps with the elasticity of your skin,” she explains. “Some people believe it and some don’t, but I know it 100 percent helped me keep everything in and I plan to do it again.”

Although others may not agree with her choices — or even her mothering methods — Sims says that’s one of the greatest parts of parenthood. And instead of comparing children’s upbringings, the soon-to-be mom of two wants everyone to embrace their own lifestyles.

“My favorite thing is that there’s not one path. There’s not one formula, one way to potty train, one way of doing anything,” she shares.

“I love that because moms always think, ‘Oh, I’m not doing it right,’ and that’s just stupid. If someone tries to tell you there’s just one way, don’t listen to them.”

As she counts down the days until her baby girl’s big debut, Sims and her husband Scott Stuber are focusing on soaking up the last few weeks with their son.

“The time we had with just him has been amazing,” she says. “I’m so excited for our daughter to arrive, but at the same time I’m going to miss alone time with him. It’s something I really cherished these past two and a half years.”

Molly Sims pregnant The Bump cover
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— Anya Leon

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West on

I love what she is saying it’s so refreshing . She’s listening to her body and treating it with respect . Good for her . It’s hard to watch women who are obviously pregnant JOGGING!!!!!!!! What are they thinking . . I’m always thinking I hope their uterus doesn’t get to damaged or fall out . There is always time for exercise after your baby is born .

LisaC47 on

This women has managed to stay relevant of this site by talking constantly about pregnancy, her sponsored baby shower, etc. I’ve seen paparazzi pictures of her pregnant and per usual, these photos are airbrushed beyond belief.

cocomom on

working out 2 hrs a day with a newborn? wow. she is incredibly self absorbed. I didn’t ever want to leave my babies. My exercise was 4 stroller rides a day for my kids. the hollywood elite. dump dump dump your kids. and don’t give me that bs about “taking care of yourself”. all you need to do is eat healthy foods and breastfeed for the first few months (if you are able) and the weight drops off. 2 hrs a day. and if the gym is not at home, travel time. oh! and don’t forget the photo op at starbucks in my cute outfit! she must be away from her baby about the whole day. but i’m sure the 2 hrs she is with the baby are QUALITY hrs. other info, molly: i’m sure the spanx will really help the gastritis. good luck with that. way to do permanent damage to your organs. good job!

Lynette on

Keep in mind that she also talks about how different everyone is in pregnancy and parenting. The pregnant woman you see jogging are probably jogging because they love jogging and that is what their body is telling them to do. I know many women who love jogging and did it throughout their pregnancy. It isn’t a vanity thing – it is the right thing for them.

duh on

@West, if a Mom has already been working out per-pregnancy there is NOTHING wrong with working out while pregnant; in fact it is RECOMMENDED. it is also recommended to switch from higher intensity exercises like jogging to lower intensity exercises like Yoga as you progress further into your pregnancy. Exercise is not only good for keeping a healthy weight (gaining too little or too much weight isn’t good for Mom, or baby) but it also helps ease delivery pain. These are not “hokey” recommendations either, these are the recommendations from the Nation Institute of Health, the American College of Sports Medicine, etc.

Additionally, being pregnant should not give someone carte blanche to eat anything and everything in sight. A Mom while pregnant with a baby only need an additional 300 calories while she is pregnant: that’s the equivalent of a bowl of whole grain cereal with almond milk and a banana.

flaxencurls on

As someone who has exercised regularly for my whole life, I’d go crazy if I had to stop everything while pregnant. I actually enjoy moving my body! I just listen to what my body tells me, and slow down if I need to. Don’t worry, my uterus won’t fall out, haha.

Kimber on

Oh West, are you a guy? I’m a woman, and in all my 61 years I have never heard of a woman’s uterus “falling out” from jogging. If a woman regulary jogged (or any other form of exercise) prior to being pregnant, she’s fine to continue WHEN she’s pregnant. What are they thinking? They’re thinking they want to have a healthy pregnancy and baby and not turn into a massive couch potato. Staying fit makes giving birth SO much easier.

emma on

It’s called a nip here and a tuck there and spandex

milly on

Two hours a day sounds like science fiction to any mother who’s raising her child without help. I’ve had no time for anything except feeding changing diapers and sleeping until my girl was 1. Then I started the Loaded Gun Diet and lost all the baby weight.

West on

I agree keeping up your fitness routin is I good idea when pregnant . And no I am not a man . I’m a mother of healthy twins . It’s jogging that bothers me . Low impact exercise is wonderful . yoga , walking , swimming, Those are great alternative ‘s .

Anonymous on

cocomom- Uh, you do realize that there are 24 hours in a day, don’t you? Meaning that she is likely with her kid far more than she’s at the gym! And what’s wrong with going to the gym, anyway? Your life doesn’t have to stop because you’re a parent! And so what if she likes going to Starbucks?! Lots of people do!

I’d also like to point out that breastfeeding and eating healthy foods aren’t always enough to make the baby weight melt away. What works for one person doesn’t always work for another.

And finally, spanx don’t cause organ damage. They aren’t corsets (thank goodness!)!

Anonymous on

I apologize if I got a little carried away in my last post. It just irks me how people are always judging on this site (whether it be celebs or each other!)!

cocomom on

quote from reputable health journal…
“The doctors explain that compression can exacerbate acid reflux and heartburn, can make an already-existing incontinence problem worse, and can lead to erosive esophagitis. Less perilously, the tightness can cause temporary gas and bloating. And in putting what function as “giant rubber bands around your upper thighs” then sitting, circulation suffers, and blood clots can form. Shapewear also traps moisture, which can result in yeast or bacterial infections.”
and I always worked out in ways that included my children (i.e., the above mentioned stroller walks while talking to them). one hour workout is fine for most normal women, not two hours a day away from them.

Olivia on

How can she talk about “bouncing back” when with her first baby she didn’t and her second hasn’t been born yet?

RGD on

It seems all going on good for her after having a boy, now having a girl.

Anonymous on

Olivia- She DID bounce back with the first baby. She just didn’t do it to the extreme that most celebs do (thank goodness! It’s refreshing to see someone in Hollywood lose the baby weight in a HEALTHY way!). And obviously in this article she’s talking about how she PLANS to bounce back after baby number 2! 🙂