Ashley Graham is enjoying new motherhood. Not only is she mom to 16-month-old son Isaac—but many of her friends have become mothers in the past year, too.
Graham started the supermodel baby boom with Isaac in January 2020. Since then, Iskra Lawrence became a mom in April 2020, and Gigi Hadid welcomed her daughter Khai in September 2020. In March 2021, Emily Ratajowski gave birth to her son Sylvester and Karlie Kloss welcomed her son Levi.
“It’s amazing how many mommy friends I have now,” Ashley told E! News. “They just appeared.”
The supermodel and super mama says she’s enjoying having “friends around that, you know, you can call on a whim, whenever you’ve got a question about baby world or pregnancy world.”
Graham says that while she loves catching up with friends, the conversation usually ends up revolving around their children.
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“When you sit down with another mom, all you kind of talk about is like being a mom,” Ashley says. “And you try not to do it, but ultimately, that’s all you talk about.”
We know what she means! Even when you’re actively trying to keep the conversation focused on adults, it’s so easy to get up sharing stories about your kids.
Graham also shared her number one rule for offering parenting advice to her friends.
“I always say, ‘Do you want the advice?’ before.”
“There’s just so much unsolicited advice that you get when you’re pregnant… You feel bombarded by it a bit, so I think the best thing to do when talking to anyone who’s pregnant or has just had a baby is, like, make sure they want the advice before you give it.”
We love this! She’s right—new moms are inundated with unsolicited, if well-meaning, advice. Sometimes, you do want advice from friends and loved ones! But just as often, you just want a shoulder to lean on.
It’s important to know when to share—and when to offer a sounding board, instead.