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Ana Beatriz is on the cover of Brazilian magazine Quem!
Ana Beatriz Barros: New Mom's Curves.
Seven-and-a-half months pregnant, Ana Beatriz Barros is expecting her first a child, a boy, from her marriage to Karim El Chiaty. The 35-year-old model got pregnant eight months after saying I do to the businessman in a big bash on Mykonos, Greece. "I got pregnant really fast. I had my IUD taken out and it happened on the following month", she says. With her pregnancy, the changes on the model's body came quickly. "Two months in, I had a huge bump", says she, who have gained 22 kg so far. "I'll go back to my previous shape in my time, I won't diet".

I haven't seen Ana Beatriz Barros since her dream wedding in Mykonos, Greece, to Egyptian businessman Karim El Chiaty in July 2016. I remember that on the day of the wedding, I went to her house to interview her, since I didn't want to disturb her during the party, and she was really agitated, moving her legs nonstop and answering the questions very quickly. I really think she was under the "anxious/nervous bride" spell.
Exactly a year and three months later, she greets me in her apartment in Higienópolis, São Paulo, with a beautiful big bump. Ana Beatriz is seven-and-a-half months pregnant with a boy. It's her first pregnancy and she's radiant. She's calmer, with a peaceful and plentiful look. And, this time, our talk is longer. Her legs don't move anymore. She exchanged that for the hand in her belly. Yes, she likes to caress the baby all the time.
"I've gained 22kg, can you believe it?" She confides. Actually, I could tell her breasts were bigger, her face rounder. Ana Beatriz was always the skinny type. For an international runway model, the new shape scares a little. "The belly doesn't disturb me so much. But the rest grew a lot, it's so weird because I was thin all of my life. Now I have a butt, legs, arms..." she explains.
However, her new curves have a much bigger purpose: carrying a child. Right now, her model career comes fifth or sixth. "Since I've decided to be a mom, my priority is my son. I think I have to come second. Those moms who don't breastfeed and want to go back into shape quickly, I think they're a little selfish. I'll go back to my previous body in my own time. I won't diet, I won't damage him and stop breastfeeding so I feel fine", swears the model.
The kid is due early December and will be born in Brazil despite his Egyptian dad and Greek paternal grandmother. "My family is here, my doctor who is with me for 17 years too. I felt more at ease here, speaking my language. And Brazil is Brazil, yeah? I love Brazil, here they're more affectionate, less cold", she explains, planning to give birth naturally. "If I can't, it's not an issue, I'm not against C-section", she ponders. The one thing the parents haven't decided is the boy's name. "We're torn between Hamed, my father-in-law's name; Karim, my husband's name, and Anwar. We'll wait for the birth to decide".
Currently, Ana Beatriz and Karim split their time between London, England, and Cairo, Egypt, because of his businesses. They also have a house in Athens, Greece (to where they plan to move when their son is of kindergarten age), and another in Los Angeles, California. Not couting the model's apartment in São Paulo. With that, the baby will have five nurseries in five different places in the world. "He'll be a traveller", she laughs. "My sister-in-law Tania, who has a baby already, bought everything for the nurseries for me. Each place will have a decor. But it's all neutral, because if I have a girl later, she'll be able to use the bedroom, I won't have to rework everything".
DISCOVERING THE PREGNANCY.
"I always wanted to be a mother, but I wanted to enjoy my marriage a little. I got pregnant really hast. I had my IUD taken out and got pregnant the following month. I thought it would take about six months to happen. I wasn't emotionally prepared. When I took the test, because my period was late, I went out to dinner and later remembered to check the result. Then I saw it, and it was positive. At the moment it's very difficult to sink in. And my husband wouldn't answer my calls. I couldn't call my mom and friends, I had to tell the father first. I tried for two hours, biting my nails. When he picked up, instead of giving him the good news, I said, "Where were you? I have to tell you something! Is there someone near you? Go to a corner!" He didn't expect it either but was really happy. After his nephew was born he was obsessed with the boy. He really wanted a child. When we met, it was a joy. The next day, I went to LA, took another test there and it was positive. Can you believe that before I went to the doctor and everything I went to Coachella? I stayed there three days. When I went back, I saw my doctor, did the scans and heard his heartbeat. That part is exciting because the baby is there, for real".
BLESSED HORMONES.
"Everything was really fast. Two months in, my bump was huge. My breasts were really big as well. And I was really nervous. It's crazy, you can't identify really well: there are times you're happy, then sad, then nervous. It's a mix of emotions! Poor Karim, I thought he would file for divorce. But then I gave him several pieces about pregnancy to read and he started to understand. I wasn't nauseous, every now and then I'd wake up slightly nauseous, but nothing major, I didn't throw up. But I was really sleepy. In the first trimester, my eyes closed, I couldn't open them. I couldn't go out to dinner, I felt like sleeping in the restaurant. And back then I had five weddings to go to, it was difficult, going to parties is exhausting. But after the third month you're great, it doesn't feel like you're pregnant. Now, seven months in, I started feeling tired again".
WANTING ICE CREAM.
"I read a lot about pregnancy and ate everything that is good: foods with omega 3, fish, really healthy food. But I have the urge to eat chocolate ice cream and chocolate. I eat them everyday, if it's hot, if it's cold. Pregnancy makes women hungry, now I eat bigger portions. But I also hiked a lot and did a lot of yoga, I wasn't a lazy pregnant woman".
BODY CHANGES.
"My skin really has a glow it didn't before. My hair also shines, is fuller, healthies. For a model like me, the body is really difficult. The belly doesn't disturb me so much. But the rest grew a lot, it's so weird because I was thin all of my life. Now I have a butt, legs, arms, my face... It depends on the day for me to feel pretty, it's something related to the hormones. But it doesn't bother me. I don't care at all, if people want to say I'm fat, I won't hide. But I do prefer when I'm thinner".
DEMANDS ABOUT GETTING BACK IN SHAPE.
"Those exist, especially in my job. I think each woman is different, they have their time, their speed, they gain weight differently, in different places. No one can demand it of me. I have the right to have my time to feel well, to think what's good and what's not good for me. Everyone says breastfeeding helps losing weight and that you can't diet during breastfeeding, that it isn't good. Since I've decided to be a mother, my priority is my son. I have to come second. I think those moms who don't breastfeed and want to be thin are a little selfish. I'll go back to my previous body in my own time. I won't diet, I won't damage him and stop breastfeeding so I feel fine".
BRAZILIAN DELIVERY
"My family is here, my doctor who is with me for 17 years too. I felt more at ease here, speaking my language. And Brazil is Brazil, yeah? I love Brazil, here they're more affectionate, less cold. At first it was difficult to convince Karim because he'll have to go back and forth. But in the end it's the woman's decision. I'd like to give birth naturally, but if I can't, it's not an issue, I'm not against C-section. I just told my doctor I don't want to feel pain, I want drugs".
CHOOSING THE NAME
"I had a feeling and everyone who looked at me said it was a boy. As soon as I got pregnant, I knew it was a boy. But all my life I always thought I'd have a girl. When I found out, at ten weeks, Karim loved it. He didn't say he wanted a boy, but when I told he was inexplicably happy. We're torn about the name: Hamed, my father-in-law's name; Karim, my husband's name, or Anwar, an Arabic name. I'll wait to see the baby's face to see which one fits him best".
STRICT MOMMY.
"I think he'll be really spoiled by his grandparents, but I won't spoil him, no. I'll be strict! I think I'll be really demanding, strict because my mom was with me and I believe it was good. I was on line and I always was someone who does things correctly. I think manners are really important, they come from the family. They say the child's character is shaped up until they're 8, so I'll be strict. Karim will let him do everything, I'll be the disciplinarian".
BACK TO WORK
"I plan on getting back to work after six months. If I can, I'll take him on my travels, I'll take the nanny too. I want to be a hands-on mom, I don't want the nanny to raise my kid, so, naturally, I'll slow down. I'll have a nanny to help me because I'll work, I won't be a stay-at-home-mom. You can do both, but you have to know how to delegate".
POLYGLOT BABY.
"As soon as the baby is allowed, we'll go back to London. Then we'll go to Egypt and when he starts to learn to read and write, to Athens because of my husband's business. He'll be a traveller. I want to talk to him in Portuguese, Karim in Arab, he'll learn English at school and Greek in Greece because he'll learn to read and write there. I'd love to come back to Brazil, but today it's impossible. With my husband's business and mine too, there's no way".
FIVE NURSERIES.
"I've bought the baby stuff, got them in New York. I went crazy because you want to buy everything, but you can't but a lot because at first the baby outgrows them. The plus is that my sister-in-law, Tania, did me the favor of shopping the rest for the other nurseries, in London, Cairo, Athens and LA. Since she already has a kid, she knows what to buy. In each place there will be a decor, but it'll be neutral because if I have a girl later, she'll be able to use the bedroom, I won't have to rework everything".
A BABY SISTER.
"After I have the first, I'll give you this answer, let's see how it goes with this one. But I think I want two. I have two sisters, it's really good to have a sibling, to have company. I think I'll have another one. I want to have a little girl so she can wear my wedding gown. I had my wedding dress done thinking on my daughter, I swear!"
MODEL SON.
"If my son wants to be a model, I'll support him, but only after he's 18. I started my career when I was 13, I was too young. 18 is a good age. I want him to finish school first. He has to enjoy his life, his childhood, his teenage years".
RELIGION.
"My husband is Muslim and I'm Catholic. He'll be born Muslim because the child of a Muslim is automatically Muslim. But we've talked it already, he'll choose the religion he wants to be. Karim went to church because his mom is Christian. My son will probably be the same. I'd like to have him baptized so he'll have godparents".
MARRIAGE.
"To get married is great, everyone says it changes, I thought it changes for the best. The bonds are stronger with your husband, you grow closer. I'm enjoying my marriage a lot. He said, 'We'll be even closer now, after the baby'. And I said, 'How? More than we are already?'"
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