July 03, 2012 09:00 AM

Courtesy Harper’s BAZAAR

Just call it a mother’s intuition.

When Miranda Kerr began preparing for the arrival of son Flynn Christopher, the model mama knew she wasn’t willing to compromise on her birthing plan.

“I had made a decision that I wanted to do it [naturally],” the Victoria’s Secret Angel, 29, says in the August issue of Harper’s BAZAAR UK.

“I had been watching all these baby bonding videos and [without an epidural], when the baby comes out it goes straight onto the breast.”

According to Kerr, those babies exposed to the epidurals were not as responsive, one of the main factors in her decision to go drug-free.

“The baby was a little bit drugged up and I was like, ‘Well, I don’t want that,'” she recalls. “I wanted to give him the best possible start in life I could.”

Much like her confident stance on natural childbirth, Kerr adopted the same attitude toward shedding her post-pregnancy pounds.

“I didn’t feel pressure to snap back into shape,” she explains. “My priority was just having my son and breastfeeding, which was something I really wanted to do, and it came easily. I’m actually still making milk now, but, you know, he’s got teeth…”

Kerr and her husband Orlando Bloom are content with their tight-knit trio for now, but the first-time mama can’t wait to embark on the “most incredible experience” of motherhood again.

“What’s surprised me most is just how incredible the bond is between you and your child. To watch him grow and evolve every day is really inspiring,” she shares.

“[My perfect day is] to wake up to the sound of my son saying, ‘Mama, mama!’ It’s the best sound ever. Then I just love to get him out of bed and he can jump into bed with us, and we have cuddle time!”

— Anya Leon

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