Chrissy Teigen Is ‘Happier Pregnant’: ‘I Truly Embrace This Body’

02/25/2016 at 02:00 PM ET

Mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen is loving her bump!

Unlike her pal, Kim Kardashian West, who said she felt “miserable” while pregnant with her son Saint, Teigen says that she loves how she feels right now.

“I’m way more calm now,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively of being pregnant with her daughter, who she “picked from her little embryo.” “I like that there’s no pressure now.”

Chrissy Teigen
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And that’s because being pregnant gives her a break from the usual physical expectations that come with being a swimsuit model — she posed for Sports Illustrated in essentially only glued-on rhinestones as a bikini bottom while giving herself IVF shots.

“I felt unfit all the time before. It’s nice to relax and feel like you don’t need a six-pack,” the cookbook author says. “I truly embrace this body. I think I might be happier pregnant. I love it.”

Even so, “A 32C bra would be nice to wear again,” she jokes.

For Teigen, the key to being care-free has been avoiding comparing her body to other pregnant women. Although she “wouldn’t recommend it,” she has been taking to Google to gauge where she is with her size.

“I Google ’18 weeks pregnant’ and then go to images,” she says. Rather than discourage her, “It helps me because everybody is so different and all over the place. It’s such a range.”

For more exclusive info from Teigen, including two recipes from her new book Cravings, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Catherine Kast

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slk on

Uggg, this is going to be long pregnancy!!! You would think no one else carried a child!

runningbacongirl on

That’s a great pic of her!

Shiela kerr on

This woman has to be insecure. She shares everything imaginable about her life .

Head Exploding on

Yada yada yada she talks tooooo much and acts as if she invented pregnancy.

Anonymous on

No Chrissy is not insecure, she is a first time pregnant Mommy to be, that had to work to become pregnant, and she is embracing and loving every inch and pound, you all complained because Kim Kardashian wasn’t into being pregnant and just didn’t like being pregnant, and now your having a fit that, Chrissy, who is over the moon so excited about every aspect to be carrying her and John’s first baby,
It is a shame some of you are nasty, not matter who or what,
Ignore the haters Chrissy…. enjoy this very special and blessed time,

sohappyforyou on

No Chrissy is not insecure, she is a first time pregnant Mommy to be, that had to work to become pregnant, and she is embracing and loving every inch and pound, you all complained because Kim Kardashian wasn’t into being pregnant and just didn’t like being pregnant, and now your having a fit that, Chrissy, who is over the moon so excited about every aspect to be carrying her and John’s first baby,
It is a shame some of you are nasty, not matter who or what,
Ignore the haters Chrissy…. enjoy this very special and blessed time,

branzinno on

she may be happier but we are not.

she eats dead animals? Disgusting

TinaCookie on

@slk, I agree 100%.

rubyovertherainbow* on

Hard to believe that Kim Kardashian is giving her advice.

Anonymous on

Can this page please go back to being Celebrity Baby Blog and not Chrissy Teigen’s baby blog? Every time I check this page, there she is again.

just wow on

This is the one with the “scientific baby”⬅those were her own words. She is so fake like her friend kim k.

Sara on

She looks good, and complainers should be happy that at least she stays covered up and dresses classy.

Lauren on

She sounds like she is the only person being pregnant in the world!

Kelly on

Why is this chic famous again?

stefani on

i think she’s gorgeous! so tired of hearing everyone bash these pregnant women…like all y’all didn’t gush when YOU were expecting. stop acting like just because they are public people, you are entitled to bash them. who cares if she’s posting on social media? who cares if she did IVF AND picked the sex of her child?? who cares if she does all the same things we ALL did when pregnant??? STFU!!! if you don’t like what she does, who cares? it is none of mine, yours, or yours business! geez

NoDoubt! on

Can’t stand this woman.. and she only cares about woman who have nice, SKINNY bodies – yes, she is criticizing Ashley Graham on the SI Swim Suit Issue. Of course she loves the way she looks now, she thinks she is so wonderful and beautiful. Also, they picked out the sex of their baby and she is so full of herself.

Ilona on

pfff fed-up to this anonymous woman !!!!

Zodia on

She looks great! So happy for her.

Kim on

She is a gorgeous lady but too much full of herself!

Katie on

I see nothing wrong with how excited Chrissy is about being pregnant. Some of you may not be fans (in that case, why are you even on this thread? Just to whine and complain that she’s happy?), but there are others who are not only interested in what Chrissy has to say about her pregnancy, but actually enjoy reading about how excited she is to be having a baby! Why not just skip the articles about her, rather than whine and complain because someone is happy!

Anonymous on

I felt just like she feels. It took me me 5 years to get pregnant…now I am enjoying being a mom of a 7 month old baby boy. Soo blessed.

Tina on

This is her long pregnancy.