It looks like Padma Lakshmi just became the most relatable mom in Hollywood! The Top Chef host took to Instagram on Thursday, May 30, to share the sweetest throwback pic from when she was pregnant with her first and only child, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell. In the caption, Padma joked about how peaceful life was prior to becoming a mama.
“I remember how innocent and hopeful I was about all the intricacies and ups and downs of being a parent,” the 48-year-old beauty captioned the snapshot she shared from back in the day. “This was a gentler time when I was just waiting for the baby to drop. I don’t think I’ll ever be this serene again. #throwback.”
In the pic, Padma can be seen holding a pan on the stove as she sports her growing baby bump. At the time, the Indian-American model was pregnant with her now 9-year-old daughter, Krishna, who Padma welcomed in 2009 alongside longtime boyfriend Adam Dell. Time flies!
Fans of the Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir author were quick to flood the comment section with a similar sentiment. “Same! Not while my heart is outside of my body,” one user wrote. Others shared kind messages for the proud mom-of-one. “You look truly serene! You impart so much wisdom and we all benefit from it, as your daughter does and will for all her life,” the follower commented. “She’s a very Lucky lady to have such a great mama.”
One fan even commended the brunette beauty’s tumultuous road to motherhood. “You’re an inspiration for your [endometriosis] sisters with fertility struggles. Thank you for giving us hope,” the follower said of Padma, who recently opened up about how she struggled with pregnancy.
While attending the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s Blossom Ball in New York City on May 8, Padma revealed exclusively to Closer Weekly that her daughter is a miracle because of her endometriosis diagnosis at 36. “I was told I couldn’t have children,” she admitted. Thankfully, that all changed after she had surgery and conceived Krishna with her venture capitalist beau. “Now I know what life is like on the other side.”
In order to help other women become mothers just like herself, Padma cofounded the Endometriosis Foundation of America in 2008 — which helps raise awareness and advocate for research and legislation to fight the disease. “I’m so lucky to have her,” she said of the little one. “Her middle name is Thea, which means ‘gift from God.'” Aww!
We love this mother-daughter duo!