She confirmed in March that she’s expecting her first child with husband Brian Keys.
And plus-size model Hunter McGrady, 28, has now revealed that she contracted COVID-19 in April, before being diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and losing her little brother Tynan.
Speaking with 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 scare: Hunter McGrady, who is expecting her first child, has revealed that she caught COVID-19 seven months into her pregnancy claiming she contracted the virus at a photoshoot
The 28-year-old explained that she had been careful to always wear a mask, saying that she and Brian are ‘strict’ and still ‘sanitize their groceries’, before claiming that she caught 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 to her sister during the chat.
‘It was only a four-person set and they were far away, and I caught COVID and I gave it to my husband.’
Naturally, Hunter said she was ‘freaking out’ at having the virus but fortunately, she was not seriously ill, adding that she was ‘grateful’ the symptoms weren’t too bad.
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
She described it as ‘like a sinus infection’ although she did lose her sense of smell, saying she’s still having some ‘issues’ with scent, and going on to explain that neither she or Brian noticed a plumbing leak at their home because of the loss of their smell.
Hunter married her husband Brian in 2019 after a two-year engagement.
And contracting Covid is 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.
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
Health woes: Hunter also shared on her Model Citizen podcast that she’s been diagnosed with potential life-threatening pre-eclampsia and has to be induced ahead of her due date
The model is also grieving the loss of her brother Tynan McGrady, 23, 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.’
Despite having a difficult few months, Hunter added that she’s trying to remain positive and look for the ‘silver linings’ even when it’s difficult, People reports.
She told her sister: ‘I’m trying to find those silver linings. Of course, with the passing of my brother, I can’t find that silver lining. Maybe one day I will, but currently I just can’t find that one now.’
Hunter also detailed how she’s now completely 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 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
And turning her attention to pre-eclampsia, Hunter said although she never thought she’d be ‘inducted at 37 weeks’, all she cares about is the ‘health’ of her baby.
Hunter revealed the loss of her little brother in May, sharing an emotional post to Instagram.
‘The most gut wrenching 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’ll never breathe again, I don’t know how this pain repairs or if it ever feels like life can live again. My baby brother went to be with the Lord on May 1st,’ Hunter wrote.
The mom-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 passed away and was supposed to graduate in May.
Grieving: The mom-to-be called Tynan ‘the most kind, gentle, loving, beautiful, intelligent, funny human being 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 with her own social media post at the start of May
‘He was absolutely brilliant, just three weeks shy of graduating SFSU with a computer engineering degree. He will get that degree, we will make sure of it, he worked too hard not to,’ Hunter insisted.
‘I’ve never known someone to be so passionate about computer engineering, coding, cars, and gaming. He was knowledgeable about this stuff beyond belief, he would show 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 are ‘devastated’ and they have a ‘hole in our hearts that will never be filled’.
Hunter, who is a 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.
Determined: Tynan was just three weeks away from graduating from San Francisco State, and Hunter vowed that he will get his computer engineering degree (pictured together)