Phaedra Parks is always thinking about her health. She tells People, just because she’s pregnant doesn’t mean she’s eating for two.
“Some people subscribe to the myth, ‘I’m eating for two,'” says Parks. “Well, not really. The other person is half of a pound. I wouldn’t really count that as an individual. It’s obviously a living organism, but something weighing seven pounds doesn’t really allow you to eat two meals. Doctors say you only need an additional 500 calories.”
Parks, who released a workout DVD a few months ago, says she doesn’t find it hard to keep her weight down. “I don’t count calories. I just try to eat organic, healthy food. I eat a lot of small meals per day. If I want something, I try to eat it in moderation if it’s something that’s not good for me. I don’t really have any cravings. The only thing I [craved] during my last pregnancy were oranges. I love citrus fruit.”
She’s also not letting her pregnancy get in the way of her workout routine. “Now I’m really doing a lot of water aerobics and stretching,” says Parks. “When you’re pregnant, everything’s moving and shifting and you’ve got aches and pains that you never even knew of.”
The mother of one suggests women breastfeed their kids to help slim down their post-baby bodies. “It tightens up your uterus. It brings everything back in place very quickly. And it cuts down on buying milk and going to the grocery store. Milk does a body good, and if you can make it yourself, then why not?”