Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Hunter McGrady Reveals She Got COVID-19 When She Was Seven Months Pregnant
She confirmed in March that she is expecting her first child with husband Brian Keys.
And plus-size model Hunter McGrady, 28, has now revealed she contracted COVID-19 in April, before being diagnosed with preeclampsia and losing her baby brother Tynan.
Speaking to her sister Michaela McGrady on an episode of their podcast Model citizen on Thursday, Hunter shared: “When I was seven months pregnant, which no one knows, I had COVID.”
Health scares: Hunter McGrady, who is expecting her first child, has revealed she contracted COVID-19 seven months into her pregnancy and claimed she contracted the virus during a photo shoot
The 28-year-old explained that she made sure she always wore a mask and claimed she contracted the coronavirus during a photo shoot.
“I had to do a shoot. I was shooting outside, and the only time I took 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 got COVID and gave it to my husband.”
Of course she said she was “panic” because she had the virus while pregnant, but luckily she wasn’t seriously ill.
Expected: The 28-year-old plus-size model confirmed in March that she and husband Brian Keys, who wed in 2019, will be parents to a baby boy
She described it as ‘like a sinusitis’ although she lost her sense of smell, said she still had some ‘problems’ with smell, explaining that neither she nor Brian noticed a leak in their house due to the loss of their scent.
Hunter married her husband Brian in 2019 after a two-year engagement.
And contracting Covid isn’t the only health crisis she’s faced as she prepares to welcome a baby boy.
After recovering from COVID-19, she said, she was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a serious condition that affects pregnant women and causes high blood pressure and can affect the body’s organs, including the kidneys and liver.
If left untreated, preeclampsia can be fatal for both mother and baby, and Hunter explained that she may need to be induced before her scheduled due date.
Curvy: The size 16 beauty rose to fame when she became the biggest model to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2017. Since then she has been featured in the issue every year.
Health Concerns: Hunter also shared on her Model Citizen podcast that she has been diagnosed with potentially life-threatening preeclampsia and must be induced before her due date
The model is also mourning the loss of her brother Tynan McGrady, 23, who died on May 1 in a solo car accident in Westlake Village, outside of LA.
“So it was COVID… then I was diagnosed with preeclampsia, then I lost my little brother,” she said on the podcast. “It goes without saying that the pregnancy has been a wild ride.”
Despite a rough few months, Hunter added that she’s trying to stay positive and look for the “silver edges” even when the going gets tough.
She said to her sister, “I’m trying to find those silver linings. Of course, with my brother’s passing, I can’t find that silver lining. Maybe someday, but I just can’t find it now.’
Hunter also shared how she is now fully focused on her child, saying, “It’s no longer about me, it’s also this being that’s inside of me.”
Heartbreak: Meanwhile, the model is dealing with the loss of her 23-year-old brother Tynan McGrady, who died May 1 in a solo car accident in Westlake Village, outside of LA.
And while turning her attention to preeclampsia, Hunter said, although she never thought she’d be “inducted at 37 weeks,” all she cares about is her baby’s “health.”
Hunter revealed the loss of her little brother in May and shared an emotional post on Instagram.
“The most heartbreaking words I’ve ever had to write in my life, one that no one ever wants to. My chest is heavy and I feel like I will never breathe again, I don’t know how this pain will recover or if it will ever feel like life can live again. My little brother went to be with the Lord on May 1,” Hunter wrote.
The mother-to-be called Tynan “the most kind, gentle, loving, beautiful, intelligent, funny human being this earth has ever known.”
Tynan was a senior at San Francisco State University when he died and was due to graduate in May.
Grieving: The mother-to-be called Tynan “the most kind, gentle, loving, beautiful, intelligent, funny person this earth has ever known” (pictured right, with Tynan and sister Michaela)
Mourning: Hunter’s older sister Michaela (pictured with Tynan) also paid tribute to their late brother in early May with her own social media post
He was absolutely brilliant, just three weeks shy of graduating from SFSU with a degree in computer engineering. He’ll get that degree, we’ll see to it, he’s worked too hard not to,” Hunter insisted.
‘I’ve never known anyone so passionate about computer engineering, programming, cars and gaming. He was incredibly knowledgeable about this stuff, showed me his homework and I felt like Einstein was showing me something.”
Older sister Michaela also paid tribute to Tynan on social media, saying the family is “devastated” and that they have a “hole in our hearts that will never be filled.”
Hunter, a size 16 beauty, first rose to fame when she became the biggest model to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2017.
She was dubbed the publication’s “curvist” model and has been featured in the issue every year since.
Determined: Tynan was just three weeks away from graduating from the state of San Francisco, and Hunter vowed to earn his degree in computer engineering (pictured together)