Jessica Alba Covers Lucky, Reveals Fall Must-Haves and Post-Baby Body Plan

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A non-pregnant looking Jessica Alba on the September cover of Lucky

With a new movie (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World) and her second baby on the way, Jessica Alba could be considered pretty lucky.

As such, she's a fitting choice for the cover of Lucky's September issue, which sees the pregnant star—minus her baby bump—in an eggplant-hued polka-dotted Marc Jacobs dress.

Inside, the brunette beauty rocks long waves and a series of form-fitting dresses as she reveals her style picks for Fall 2011, including Azzedine Alaïa booties, Roger Vivier studded flats with a pointed toe, Honoré des Prés Vamp à NY fragrance, and Dior lipstick.

Citing Celine, Alaïa, Prada, Derek Lam, Narciso Rodriguez, and Diane von Furstenberg as her go-to labels, Alba also shares the maternity goodies that have gotten her through her pregnancy, such as cucumber-strawberry water, prenatal yoga classes, maternity pantyhose, J Brand Jeans ("very flattering"), and, yep, a girdle.

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Red hot: Jessica Alba, sans baby bump, in Lucky magazine

“I wear a girdle around my tummy from the moment I give birth until it doesn’t feel loosey goosey anymore—that takes a good two to three months," she says. "It’s spandex with Velcro.” 

The girdle is just a fraction of Alba's post-baby bounce-back plans. Though she admits that she hates working out, the Piaget campaign star will be back in the gym once the baby is born.

“I have a hard time with portion control, so I have 1,200 calorie meals delivered," she says. "But I also work out, so basically I’m starving—it sucks. I drink a lot of water. Working out every day for even just 45 minutes is good for my mental state. But getting dressed and actually doing it is the worst. It’s hard to get motivated."

Of course, she's much more motivated when it comes to her career. Claiming she doesn't want to be seen as a "flash in the pan," Alba says she's been strong-willed since childhood.

"Why am I here?” she asks. “Sheer will and determination, dammit ... And I hustled like crazy. There’s a video of me when I’m 3, saying ‘This is a woman’s world, and I don’t need a man for nothin’!’”

Atta girl!

For more of Jessica Alba's interview and photo shoot, visit Lucky online and pick up the September issue, out August 9.