"I've been eating a lot. All day long," Melanie Brown says. The singer-songwriter who shot to international stardom in the mid-'90s as "Scary Spice," the edgy, big-haired member of the best-selling, award-winning British pop group the Spice Girls, is expecting her third child and sharing a common mom-to-be confession. "I don't stop. I eat when I want and what I want."
Stopping is something the 35-year-old Brown, commonly referred to as Mel B, seems nearly incapable of doing. Since embarking on a solo career in 2001, she has released two albums, written a best-selling autobiography, appeared as Mimi in the Broadway production of Rent, won the hearts of fans on the fifth season of Dancing With the Stars, hosted the second season of Oxygen's hit weight-loss show Dance Your Ass Off, and starred in her own reality series, Mel B: It's a Scary World, on the Style Network. Her next big venture, set to start this August: appearing as a judge on the pop-star search competition The X Factor Australia.
And then, there's a new baby about to arrive. Brown's due to give birth to her first baby with husband Stephen Belafonte in August and, now in her third trimester, sees here-and-there indulgences as one of the best parts of pregnancy.
"I was like this with my last two pregnancies, too," says Brown, already the proud mom of daughters Phoenix, 12, and Angel, 4 (both from previous relationships) as well as stepmom to Belafonte's 7-year-old daughter, Giselle. "When I'm really into my fitness routine, I eat super clean, super protein, super organic -- super, super healthy. But since I've been pregnant, I kind of indulge in the things I wouldn't usually indulge in," she says, like the occasional burger or pizza.
What the Los Angeles resident has been eating a lot of: Belafonte's home-cooked meals. "I'm married to a good cook who cooks really healthy -- well, mainly healthy -- food," says Brown, laughing. "Yesterday, he came home and whipped up chicken and vegetables in this amazing curry sauce. I've got my own gourmet chef on hand, so I'm very lucky."
The devout fitness enthusiast was working out an hour a day prior to her pregnancy. But the high-energy cardio junkie hasn't had a single date with the treadmill since revealing her newest baby bump.
"For the first four months, I felt really sick -- I was just trying to get through the day without actually throwing up, so I haven't really worked out since I've been pregnant," says Brown, who normally gravitates toward a mix of heart-pumping workouts like spinning, boot camp, and hiking. "It was strange because, with my last two pregnancies, I never had morning sickness. So it was a bit shocking, to say the least. But I'm finally getting out of that phase and starting to feel good."
Despite being a little more curvaceous than she's used to, Brown, who tantalized audiences with her burlesque act, Peep Show, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas in 2009 and who's currently the face of the U.K. negligee line Ultimo Lingerie, hasn't lost her body confidence. "I don't mind if sometimes I'm curvier and sometimes I'm more ripped. I enjoy all the different phases," Brown says. "Don't get me wrong: Sometimes it can get uncomfortable when you're pregnant and you don't feel sexy because everything is swollen and a bit tender. Everyone has her up and down days. But it's just about making the most of the situation that you're in. Being pregnant is a beautiful thing."