Hilaria Baldwin has hit back at criticism for having a nanny to help care for her four kids, noting that it's "OK to accept help".
"It's so interesting with the whole nanny conversation," Baldwin, 36, said on an episode of her podcast "Mom School". "People will write to you and say, 'Ugh, she has a nanny' — but that doesn't mean that you don't take care of your own kids. It literally means I am also working."
Baldwin, who is pregnant with her fifth child with husband Alec, 62, noted that she works "every single day". "For people to make you feel badly about that is not fair".
The couple, who share Romeo, two, Leonardo, three, Rafael, five, and daughter Carmen, six, don't have any family nearby.
"Neither my family or Alec's family live close," she continued. "It is OK to accept help, and there is no shame that other people should give you because of that."
Baldwin has been open about her journey to expand their family, documenting two painful miscarriages only months apart. And it's changed her entire perspective.
"What happened last year changed me in terms of focusing on certain things," she said. "I loved focusing on the sex of the baby … but right now I am going very slow with this experience and being very cautious."
Baldwin, who described her children as "little blessings", says she lives with gratitude and often reflects on how lucky she is.
That said, it's not always as easy as she might make it look on Instagram.
"I'll have my moments.," she continued. "Especially being pregnant when the kids are destroying me all day long - and they don't understand, they're babies! And I'm not a victim. I chose to have all these kids really close together. I take responsibility for it. It's hard, but I am enjoying it so much. It is never a burden for me."
The fitness instructor isn't sure what to expect as she prepares to give birth during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I had to go [see my doctor] with a hazmat suit on — literally, my hair is covered, goggles; I am the oddball," she said. "[My doctor] said, 'You probably will labor with a mask on.' We'll get COVID tested there ... hopefully [Alec] will be able to be there, [but] maybe not. I don't know what the situation is going to be like."