With just "a couple more weeks" to go until giving birth to her first child, Kelly Rowland stripped down for the camera in a revealing photo shoot for Elle.com. The sexy snaps were shot by actor and photographer Lance Gross, whom Kelly worked with on the video for her single "Here I Am." In the accompanying interview, Kelly shares excitement about welcoming a son with husband Tim Witherspoon and gets candid about why she chose to pose nude while pregnant, how she's staying fit, and her plans for raising a child in the spotlight. Keep reading for more from Kelly Rowland's Elle.com interview:
- On pregnant women being criticised for posing nude: "I don't know why they would get flak. It's really — I won't say amazing — it's Godmazing [laughs] watching your body carry a human. I took a birthing class, and I was amazed by all the things this woman was saying to me about birthing and what the body does naturally. Why wouldn't you want to celebrate that? The body should be celebrated."
- On staying fit throughout her pregnancy: "Everybody always tells you to go crazy with food, and you can eat whatever you want. It's fine to have your cravings, but I wanted an easier delivery. All the women that I've talked to, that have worked out, have such an easy and speedy delivery. Exercise really helps that. And I like being able to have peaceful sleep at night, though there's no such thing as that now in the last trimester [laughs]. To be honest, I did modify my exercise routine a bit by just listening to my body. I would tell my trainer [Jeanette Jenkins] 'This move doesn't feel right,' and we'd modify it. I still walk two miles everyday. I still work out. It's important to me."
- On raising her son in the spotlight: "I just plan to play it by ear. Everybody has their normal. And sometimes, award shows are a part of that. I have girlfriends who have that experience, and they'll say, 'You know, I just really didn't want to be without my child today.' And it's just that simple. It's about finding your normal, whatever that may be."