"I would love to crave spinach, but it's not going to happen!" the actress and model jokes to PEOPLE

By peoplestaff225
Updated August 19, 2015 02:50 PM

Just because she’s more than 7 months pregnant doesn’t mean Elisabetta Canalis is slowing down her fitness routine — at least not by much!

The Italian actress and model, 36, works out four or five days a week doing a combination of Pilates, hiking and swimming.

“What I like is that Pilates really defines the muscles,” Canalis tells PEOPLE. “I don’t do pregnancy classes. I take regular advanced classes!”

The former Dancing with the Stars contestant — who married surgeon Brian Perri last year — says she’s motivated to stay active so she can indulge her pregnancy cravings for sweets and carbs.

“I love sugar, and I know that if I don’t work out, I can’t eat that,” says Canalis. “Bread pudding has become an obsession. Potatoes any way you can cook them. And carbs! I would love to crave spinach, but it’s not going to happen.”

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While she tries not to overdo it, Canalis gives into her food wants from time to time.

“You have an appetite for two, so I said, ‘It’s fine, I’m going to eat more because I have to,’ ” she shares. “Of course I don’t want to become a trash can because it’s just not good — for you, for your body or for your health. You have to find a balance.”

And this mama-to-be seems to be doing that by staying as fit as possible.

“Two months after I give birth, I already have to be on set!” she says. “I have a fashion campaign in Italy, so I have a photo shoot very soon. If I work a little bit now, it will be easier after [to get back in shape].”

Newly married and with a baby on the way, Canalis wishes nothing but the best for her famous ex, George Clooney, whom she dated from 2009 to 2011.

“We are both happily married, and I think we both wish the best for each other,” she says. “I wish the best for him, I’m sure he wishes the best for me.”

— Gabrielle Olya