February 18, 2016 12:30 AM

She may have looked perfectly flawless in her recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit feature, but mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen was actually undergoing a less-than-glamorous experience off-set.

“I was doing IVF during the shoot,” she told PEOPLE on Wednesday at the SI Swimsuit “Swim Beach” fan event in Miami.

“I was getting my shots and everything in Zanzibar, I had a little medical kit. It was hard because you bloat from it, and you bruise — if I hit the wrong area. That’s the kind of things we had to cover with makeup.”

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Now happily pregnant and expecting a baby girl in April with husband John Legend, the supermodel says she would have considered posing while expecting, but not for her own personal use.

“John and I aren’t the kind of people to have photo of ourselves in our house, like embracing the pregnant and naked thing. But if it were for a cool magazine and beautifully done, I would do that … [SI Swim], I would have definitely done pregnant!” she says.

As to the this year’s groundbreaking SI covers, which featured three models including size-16 beauty Ashley Graham and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, Teigen says, “I love them. I absolutely adore Ashley Graham … she is so sweet and so wonderful and just the most lively, fun, excitable personality on the planet so I just loved seeing her get a cover because she looks absolutely stunning on it.”

The Lip Sync Battle host also loved the triple-cover approach (similar to her own SI cover, which featured three women), offering, “I always wanted multiple covers. When I was on the cover, I didn’t want it to be any other picture, I loved the multiple girls, I think there’s something very fun about it.”

— Becky Randel

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