"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks says pregnancy isn't an excuse to gain excess weight, and is making sure she stays healthy during her second pregnancy by not overeating.
"Some people subscribe to the myth, 'I'm eating for two people,' " Parks told People. "Well, not really. The other person is half of a pound. I wouldn't really count that as an individual. It's obviously a living organism, but something weighing seven pounds doesn't really allow you to eat two meals. Doctors say you only need an additional 500 calories."
Phaedra, 40, doesn't count calories, but makes sure she eats small portions of healthy foods throughout the day and stays active.
"I don't count calories," says Parks, who has a four-year-old son with her buff husband, Apollo Nida. "I just try to eat organic, healthy food. I eat a lot of small meals per day. If I want something, I try to eat it in moderation if it's something that's not good for me. I don't really have any cravings. The only thing I [craved] during my last pregnancy were oranges. I love citrus fruit."
Phaedra, who's doing water aerobics and lots of stretching to stay fit, keeps herself in check by not obsessing over food. "I really have little or no time to ponder food all day," she says. "I just eat to live. I don't live to eat. Some people are living to eat, and I try to have a healthy relationship with food."
Parks recently released her second exercise video, "Donkey Booty 2," which is focused on total-body resistance training. The DVD is a follow-up to her first exercise video, "Donkey Booty Volume 1."
Phaedra made the fitness tapes despite a co-star's comments that she has no business doing an exercise video because her body isn't up to par.
On a recent episode of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta," the super-fit Kenya Moore (a former Miss USA) remarked of Parks, "I don't think you should doing a workout video because your body's not there. Your body looks like sh*t."