During her pregnancy, Salma says, she gained a lot of weight and developed gestational diabetes. "The pregnancy was really difficult for me. I thought, 'As soon as this baby's out, I'm just going to lose all the weight superfast because I'm going to breast-feed, and everybody tells you if you breast-feed, [the weight] is going to come off,'" she says. "It's a lie; It's not true."
Salma says her main concern is not in losing the pregnancy weight quickly, but rather doing it a way that's healthy for both her and Valentina. "There are shortcuts, but it's not good for the baby," she says. "So I'm taking my time. I've lost a lot—most of the weight—and I'm very proud of it because it's been really hard work studying what can I eat that's healthy. But I'm still losing, even if it's slow. … And the rest is going to go when it's time to go."