Now a 42-year-old single mother of two boys, Ricki made big changes after her show ended. "9/11 happened, I watched it firsthand in New York. I realized at that moment that I watched the plane hit the building, 'I'm getting out.' Like, I'm getting out of New York, I'm getting out of the marriage that I was in, and I'm going to get out of the show," she says. "So I finished my contract and moved to California."
She produced the 2008 documentary The Business of Being Born, which advocates the use of alternative birthing methods. Her latest project is fighting childhood obesity. It's the subject of her book, Too Small to Be Big, and her AllStride program.
"I'm reinventing," she says. "It's all about changing it up and putting myself out there in a way people haven't seen before."
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