Padma Lakshmi on Being Bedridden for Entire Third Trimester Due to Placenta Previa: 'Very Scary'

On a new episode of PEOPLE's podcast Me Becoming Mom, Padma Lakshmi explains she could only shower "every third day" and use the bathroom "twice a day" while dealing with placenta previa

Padma Lakshmi's Daughter Has Been Learning About Discrimination Since 'Day 1'
Padma Lakshmi. Photo: Getty Images

Padma Lakshmi is looking back on her "scary" experience with placenta previa.

The Taste the Nation host, 51, shares on a new episode of PEOPLE's podcast Me Becoming Mom that she was bedridden for the final three months of her pregnancy as she was dealing with placenta previa, a condition when the placenta covers the mother's cervix.

"It was very scary," Lakshmi recalls. "It was December, January and February. So it was very cold."

"I just did everything from my bed. I would have meetings. We placed a nice, small leather chair at the foot of my bed. And I took meetings with network executives," she tells host Zoë Ruderman, Head of Digital at PEOPLE.

"[My doctor] told me I could take a shower every third day. And I would just be going to the bathroom twice a day, and my mom had to walk me," Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition, which is streaming on Hulu now, tells PEOPLE. "And if I cheated or if he saw anything then he would take me to the hospital."

Subscribe to our new 12-episode weekly podcast, Me Becoming Mom, to hear celebrity moms open up exclusively to PEOPLE about their extraordinary roads to motherhood.

"The only reason he agreed not to have me be in the hospital longer is because my mother was a registered nurse and she agreed to move in with me and give me one-to-one nursing. That was the deal I made with my doctor," she explains.

Lakshmi welcomed her daughter Krishna Thea with Adam Dell in 2010. She began dating Dell in 2009, two years after she divorced novelist Salman Rushdie.

The Top Chef host also opens up in the episode about her early thoughts on wanting children and feeling "devastated" when she was told she might not be able to conceive naturally.

"For a long time, I think as many women, I wasn't sure I wanted to be a mom in my twenties," she says. "But then that changed as I grew older and I always thought I would be a mother. I always knew I wanted to be a mother. But it wasn't a concrete idea, I think, until much later."

Padma Lakshmi and her daughter
Padma Lakshmi/Instagram

Lakshmi says when she was later diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition in which the uterine lining grows outside the uterus, she was told it "would be very difficult, if not impossible, to become pregnant naturally."

"That put the issue very front and center in my mind and I was devastated. I really didn't know if I was going to be able to have children, and I knew I wanted to have children," she explains.

The 12-episode weekly Me Becoming Mom podcast explores the various roads to motherhood through different interviews with both celebrity guests and experts in the field. Topics on the show include IVF, adoption, surrogacy, single parenthood, same-sex couples, home births, pregnancy loss, unexpected and surprising birth stories, among other subjects.

Guests on the show include Alyssa Milano, Hoda Kotb, Jillian Michaels, Shawn Johnson East and more.

Lakshmi currently hosts the holiday edition of her hit show Taste of the Nation, is available in Hulu.

Like previous episodes of Taste the Nation, each episode of the new special will highlight unique traditions through the lens of a different immigrant culture and city, like Korean New Year in Los Angeles and Cuban Christmas in Miami.

Lakshmi, who executive produces the series, started the show to uncover the roots and relationship between America's food, humanity and history — highlighting stories that challenge notions of identity, belonging, and what it means to be American along the way.

The Top Chef star considers this series her passion project. "This is what American food looks like. This is the original. This is the real America," she's previously said.

Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition is available on Hulu now.

Related Articles