Ashley Graham has kept it real with fans since announcing she’s expecting her first child, but the model is taking her candidness to a whole new level by opening up pregnancy sex. This morning, Graham unveiled her first Vogue cover where her baby bump on full display, and in the interview, she speaks openly about navigating pregnancy and preparing for motherhood.
“Thank you @voguemagazine and #AnnaWintour for embracing a conversation around pregnancy and motherhood, which can be both incredibly exciting and also isolating,” 32-year-old wrote on Instagram along with the cover of the January 2020 issue, which features Graham in a billowing, gold gown as she cradles her growing bump. “The community and support I have discovered along the way has been incredible, and to share this monumental moment with my son and husband in the pages of Vogue could not feel more special.”
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A VOGUE COVER!!! — celebrating inclusivity, mothers, pregnancy and love — is so surreal. I have dreamed of this moment my entire career since I was a catalogue model living in Nebraska two decades ago. Thank you @voguemagazine and #AnnaWintour for embracing a conversation around pregnancy and motherhood, which can be both incredibly exciting and also isolating. The community and support I have discovered along the way has been incredible, and to share this monumental moment with my son and husband in the pages of Vogue could not feel more special. @annieleibovitz, you made me feel like a true pregnant goddess 🤗 Photographer: @annieleibovitz Fashion Editor: @tonnegood Makeup: @hannah_murray1 Hair: @sallyhershberger Bookings Director: @felicitybwebb Writer: @jonathanvanmeter
One of the things Graham admitted is that sex inevitably changes overtime. “I feel like every relationship goes in waves of sex,” she said. “So they’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together. “You’re like, ‘Hey, do we need to plan this?’ And now, with pregnancy, things have been really different,” she said.
Graham continued: “Because there’s this huge bulge that can be sensitive if you lay on it or go into a new position. I’ve been literally asking every single one of my friends who have had babies or who’re pregnant, like, ‘What positions do you guys do?’ This has to be a normal conversation among mothers.”
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When I look at this picture, I get so emotional because this moment feels bigger than me. It’s indicative of our entire relationship – my husband @mrjustinervin supporting me ALWAYS from day one. I’m overwhelmed with so much joy and filled with such gratitude that we are doing this together 🖤 Thank You Thank You Thank You @voguemagazine
And in fact, it is. Lots of fellow celebrity moms have been open about pregnancy sex — the good, the bad, and everything in between. For some, pregnancy boosts libido and makes sex more fun and exciting. In 2012, Jessica Simpson told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that her sex drive while pregnant was “unstoppable.” Kristen Bell has also admitted that her sex life with husband Dax Sheppard was only enhanced by pregnancy.
However, reality star Kristin Cavallari told Fit Pregnancy that even though her and her husband Jay Cutler weren’t getting it on as much, they still found ways to be intimate. “Lighting a candle and taking a bath together is great,” she said. “It doesn’t even have to be in a sexual way, just getting in the bath and talking.”
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