When Victoria Beckham announced that she was pregnant with her fourth child recently, fans worldwide were overjoyed.
And, like Posh herself, everyone’s praying for a girl.
Victoria (36) Tweeted her excitement: “Thank u so much for your kind and beautiful messages!!! We are all so happy and very excited!!!!!”
The now-established fashion designer and her 35-year-old footballer husband, David, have three sons - Brooklyn (11), Romeo (8) and Cruz (5) - so it’s fingers crossed that baby number four will be a little girl.
Regardless of what sex it is, the former Spice Girl will be doing pregnancy in style.
Abbey Clancy, Pink, Holly Willoughby, Emma Bunton, Myleene Klass, Eva Herzigova, Natalie Portman, Sophie Dahl and Mariah Carey are all expecting in the coming months, but SWM thinks that Posh will be doing it with a little more flare and style than the others.
With her latest bundle of joy due in just a few months’ time, SWM looks at Posh’s pregnancy, birth, post-baby workouts and mummy style. It’s the ultimate guide on how to have babies...Beckham-style.
VICTORIA: “Just because a woman gets pregnant doesn’t mean she abandons her sense of style.”
When Victoria fell pregnant with her first child, Brooklyn, she was still a Spice Girl. And alongside fellow pregnant bandmate, Mel B, the pair were strutting their stuff on stage in late-’90s Girl Power outfits.
But pregnant with her third child, Cruz - whilst David was playing for Real Madrid - it was clear that the Spanish influence was rubbing off on Victoria.
“I fell in love with ponchos when I was pregnant with Cruz,” she says. “They were my pals, the only things that had room for my tummy, my boobs and my back.”
And baby number four will be no different for Vic. Although pictures of the star recently have indicated a more relaxed style(swapping stilettos for flats and more ‘dressing down’ days) she is sure to ramp up the glamour as soon as those dodgy early weeks of morning sickness pass.
Victoria’s faves: Blossom, 9 London, Mamas & Papas, Monsoon, Next and Topshop.
Her DIY tip: “I make my own maternity jeans by taking a normal pair and cutting V shapes in the side by the pockets and stitching elastic there. That way, I keep the normal zipper fly in front, which is a lot nicer looking than a big strip of elastic.”
Her changing body
VICTORIA: “My boobs get so big during pregnancy that they practically start around my back.”
Victoria advocates getting measured and re-measured throughout pregnancy for a wellfitted bra to support size-changing breasts. She says: “As your boobs are changing so much, it is worth getting them re-measured.”
She also loves treating her body to safe massages and facials during pregnancy, and her desert island pregnancy product is Elemis’s Japanese Camellia Oil.
“It’s great for preventing stretch marks and is one of the few aromatherapy oils you can use when pregnant,” she says. “I cover myself in it, really massage it into my tummy, my bottom, my thighs and my boobs.”
Victoria’s faves: M&S, Splendour and Blooming Marvellous for maternity bras and Elemis, Bliss Spa and Mama Mio for beauty treatments.
VICTORIA: “I refuse to accept that I have to change my look when I’m pregnant.”
Being a fashionista through and through, Victoria’s penchant for glamour during pregnancy has mean that she has made a few wrong choices. Proving that even fashion icons can get it wrong. Vic says: “I do still wear my stilettos when I’m pregnant, but I’m not recommending it for anyone else.”
In her book, That Extra Half An Inch, she recalls a time when suffering for her art meant getting it totally wrong: “I remember when I was heavily pregnant with Romeo, my mum and I took Brooklyn to LegoLand, of all places, in the middle of August,” she says.
“There I was, tottering around in my high heels. Now that was, I admit, incredibly uncomfortable.”
VICTORIA: “I love being pregnant, I love giving birth, I love being a mum.”
Rumours are that the new baby Becks will be born in the USA. The couple’s first son Brooklyn Joseph was born on March 4 1999, in Westminster’s Portland Hospital by Caesarean, after which David announced to the waiting media that Victoria was “sitting up drinking Champagne”.
Romeo James followed suit on September 1 2002, and Cruz was born three years later (February 21) at Madrid’s Hospital Ruber Internacional.
Possible Posh hospitals this time around include Hollywood celebrity favourite Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A, where Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba gave birth. Its Ritz-like facilities make it the top choice for A-listers.
What’s in a name?
VICTORIA: “We found out that I was pregnant when I was on tour in America, in Brooklyn to be precise.”
Brooklyn’s name came about on the New York leg of the Spice Girls’ 1998 US tour.
David admitted that the couple had found it hard to think of a name for their last-born son, Cruz.
“We came up with a name that we both loved and stuck to it,” he says.
Even though it is early days, bets are already being placed, with Sandra as a possible (if it’s a girl, obviously) after David’s mum.
VICTORIA: “After giving birth, I do tend to just wear tracksuits and pyjamas for six weeks.”
Taking care of your body postbirth is essential, and Posh is experienced at getting back to normal after three deliveries.
She loves getting foot massages from David. “Just getting a foot massage from a partner will make a huge difference, not only for the physical relief but also just to enjoy a few minutes of self indulgence,” she says.
She is also aware of embarrassing bodies after birth, recalling a night out after having Romeo that ended in disaster.
“Three months after I had Romeo, David and I went to an Usher concert,” she recalls. “I got dressed up in my nice clothes and was looking forward to being a bit glamourous.
But just as the gig began and the crowds were screaming, my boobs started leaking like nobody’s business. So I spent most of my big night mopping up my soggy front.”
Victoria recommends: Juicy Couture and Abercrombie & Fitch for leisurewear and nipple cover-ups from Mothercare (below) and Boots.
Getting in shape
VICTORIA: “After Brooklyn was born I lost lots of weight without even trying.”
Victoria lost so much weight after giving birth to Brooklyn that she was dubbedSkeletal Spice.
She hit out at critics, claiming her weight loss was hereditary.
“After Brooklyn was born I lost a lot of weight,” she says. “From being Podgy Spice pre- Brooklyn, I’d become Skeletal Spice. What upset me was that I ate like any normal person, but I lost weight.
“The same happened to my mum and my sister after they had babies. I got checked out - every blood test going. Docs just said: ‘It can happen after having a baby.’ But I was upset with how I looked.”
Posh’s subsequent pregnancies had her craving foods she wouldn’t normally eat - she became “addicted” to unhealthy fatty foods during her pregnancy with Cruz. This time around, she has developed a sweet craving, and can’t get enough of marmalade. She’s been having it on toast, and washing it down with mugs of tea.
Having discovered the gym since living in health-conscious L.A. she’ll most likely get back into her skinny jeans quicker than ever this time.
Victoria’s Fitness Secrets: Not a fan of red meat, Victoria snacks on prawns and strawberries to stave off hunger pangs. She follows a sensible diet and exercise plan to keep her slender figure.
“I eat salad and I start off every day with a double espresso,” she says. “Then I get on the treadmill and I run like a bat out of hell.”
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