December 03, 2012 03:00 PM

Brian Bowen Smith

Pregnancy hasn’t put a damper on Marisa Miller‘s decision to dare to bare.

Showing off her sexy new shape for, the model — who is expecting a boy this month — shares her secret behind her successful stance.

“I always felt, even before I got pregnant, that it’s better to accentuate your curves. A lot of women try to tuck their butt in or kind of slouch because they’re trying to hide,” Miller, 34, says.

“Obviously you can’t suck it in, but it’s important to really show off the belly. For some reason, for me, from the side, it looks the biggest, so that’s what I tried to do.”

Celebrating the changes to her famous figure, Miller has learned to “embrace” all pregnancy has to offer — even the extra pounds.

My sister said to me, ‘You’re eating healthy and you’re working out, so whatever your body gains, it knows what it’s doing,'” she explains.

Transitioning from never tracking her weight — “I had never even owned a scale,” Miller admits — to watching the numbers slowly start to climb was a challenge for the mom-to-be. But, by surrounding herself with “a lot of positive support,” she chose to put a sunny spin on the situation.

“Gaining weight is part of charting your progress,” the actress notes. “Yes, I was seeing numbers I had never seen before, but I let go out of that because I had a new goal and focus.”

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Her belly isn’t the only thing growing by leaps and bounds; To accommodate an “increased blood flow,” Miller has had to make amends to her grooming routines. “It was the first time in my life I’d actually cut my nails with a clipper!” she says with a laugh.

But perhaps the biggest change — or lack thereof —  for Miller was to her luscious locks.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I cut all my hair’s breakage off thinking, this is the only time I can have a break and do a little hair boot camp. My stylist was worried I was going to cry, but it was for my hair’s health — I didn’t care how it looked,” she says.

“Once I got into my second trimester, I asked my stylist about a few small highlights around the face, just to break up the color a bit. We used organic dye and to make sure I didn’t inhale anything, we even did it outside.”

As a first-time mom, Miller has had her fair share of surprises as she navigates her way through pending parenthood. Fortunately for the expectant model, there have been plenty of newly minted mamas to offer tips, tricks, and tried-and-true concoctions to a few of pregnancy’s side effects — particularly stretch marks.

“I’d been on Molly Sims‘s blog a lot — she was in her third trimester when I had just gotten pregnant — and she posted this recipe: shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E,” she says. “I made it myself, boiling the ingredients, and I poured it into mason jars.”

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— Anya Leon

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