Emily Ratajkowski isn't one to shy away from discussing the realities of being a woman, from the sexual harassment and online abuse she's endured to her first experience of pregnancy.
Last October, the 29-year-old revealed she was pregnant with her first child, two years after her marriage to her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard, and shed light on why she doesn’t want to reveal her baby’s sex.
Ahead of the model's due date this year, here's everything Emily Ratajkowski has said about pregnancy so far:
Growing a family is an eye-opening experience
In a video to promote her new Kérastase Genesis range in February 2021, the model opened up about what it’s like being pregnant with her first child with her husband.
‘I've never really understood what it would be like to make a family and growing a family is an amazing, eye-opening experience, and I feel really lucky,’ the model says in the clip.
‘I don't know what motherhood is going to be like of course, because this is my first time, and everyone has such different experiences and perspectives. So, the best thing to do is just trust in the process and take each day at a time and then see where this ride takes me.’
On gender stereotypes
Revealing the news of her pregnancy with the world via Vogue, the model opened up about how she wants to bring up her child.
'I like the idea of forcing as few gender stereotypes on my child as possible,' she wrote for the publication.
'But no matter how progressive I may hope to be, I understand the desire to know the gender of our foetus; it feels like the first real opportunity to glimpse who they might be. As my body changes in bizarre and unfamiliar ways, it’s comforting to obtain any information that might make what’s coming feel more real.'
On the loneliness women feel during pregnancy
Discussing the loneliness she’s felt while being pregnant in a pandemic, Ratajkowski previously joked that she finds it ‘unfair’ when her husband refers to them both being pregnant.
‘My husband likes to say that “we’re pregnant”. I tell him that while the sentiment is sweet, it’s not entirely true. I resent that his entire family’s DNA is inside of me but that my DNA is not inside him. “ It just seems unfair,”I say, and we both laugh. It’s kind of a joke, but there is truth behind it,’ she mused in Vogue last year.
‘Pregnancy is innately lonely; it’s something a woman does by herself, inside her body, no matter what her circumstances may be. Despite having a loving partner and many female friends ready to share the gritty details of their pregnancies, I am ultimately alone with my body in this experience.
‘There is no one to feel it with me - the sharp muscular aches in my lower abdomen that come out of nowhere while I’m watching a movie or the painful heaviness of my breasts that now greets me first thing every morning. My husband has no physical symptoms in “our” pregnancy - another reminder of how different a woman and man’s experience of life can be.’
On the duration of pregnancy
In January, the runway star discussed her changing body and said she’s received comments from people telling her ‘you’ve been pregnant forever’.
‘LOL yes pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks which can definitely feel like a long time, but I announced halfway into my pregnancy and it's only been three months since then! Actually it's weirdly gone by very quickly to me, [sic]’ she wrote on Instagram.
Ratajkowski continued, noting that while it’s ‘weird to have your body change so much in a matter of months’ she has discovered a ‘whole new appreciation for what [her] body can do and what is beautiful..
‘I'm gonna celebrate it on here when I feel like it,’ she added.
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