Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s ‘curviest’ model Hunter McGrady reveals she got COVID-19 at seven months pregnant
She confirmed in March that she’s expecting her first child with husband Brian Keys.
And on Thursday, plus-size model Hunter McGrady revealed that she contracted COVID-19 in April.
Speaking with her sister Michaela McGrady on an episode of their podcast Model Citizen, Hunter shared: ‘When I was seven months pregnant, which no one knows, I had COVID.’
Health scare: Hunter McGrady, who is expecting her first child, has revealed that she caught COVID-19 seven months into her pregnancy as a result of doing a photo shoot
The 28-year-old said she caught the coronavirus during a photo shoot.
‘I had to do a shoot. I was outside shooting, and the only time I had my mask off was when I was shooting,’ she explained, per People.
‘It was only a four-person set and they were far away, and I caught COVID and I gave it to my husband.’
Naturally, she said she was ‘freaking out’ at having the virus but fortunately, she was not seriously ill.
She described it as ‘like a sinus infection’ although she did lose her sense of smell.
Expecting: The 28-year-old plus-size model confirmed in March that she and husband Brian Keys, who wed in 2019, are going to be parents of a baby boy
It’s not the only health crisis she has faced as she prepares to welcome a baby boy.
After recovering from COVID-19, she said, she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a serious condition affecting pregnant women which causes high blood pressure and may affect the body’s organs including the kidneys and liver.
Left untreated, pre-eclampsia can be fatal for both mother and baby and Hunter explained that she may have to be induced ahead of her planned due date.
Health woes: Hunter also shared on her Model Citizen podcast Thursday that she’s been diagnosed with potential life-threatening pre-eclampsia and has to be induced ahead of her due date
Curvy: The size 16 beauty found fame when she became the largest model to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2017. She’s gone on to be featured in the issue every year since
Meanwhile, the model continues to deal with the loss of her 23-year-old brother Tynan McGrady who died in a solo car crash in Westlake Village, outside of LA, on May 1.
‘So it was COVID… then I got diagnosed with preeclampsia, then I lost my little brother,’ she said on the podcast. ‘Needless to say, pregnancy has been a wild ride.’
Hunter married husband Brian in 2019 after a two-year engagement.
The size 16 beauty first rose to fame when she became the largest model to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2017.
Dubbed the publication’s ‘curviest’ model, she’s gone on to be featured in the issue every year since.
Heartbreak: Meanwhile, the model continues to deal with the loss of her 23-year-old brother Tynan McGrady who died in a solo car crash in Westlake Village, outside of LA, on May 1
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