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Padma Lakshmi Welcomes a Daughter

02/22/2010 at 09:15 AM EST

Padma Lakshmi Welcomes a Daughter
Padma Lakshmi
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Padma Lakshmi is now the happy mother of a daughter.

"Model, author and Emmy-nominated host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi on Saturday," her rep tells PEOPLE. "Mother and baby are well and happy."

Last month, Lakshmi dropped hints about her daughter's name, saying, "I am going to name the child an Indian name. It will be after someone in my family, so don't expect to see an Anglicized name – it will be a classically Indian Sanskrit name."

Lakshmi, 39, announced her pregnancy in Oct. after years of struggling with endometriosis. She has not identified the baby's father.



Right before the birth, a friend of the TV chef told PEOPLE: "Padma is very happy. She's wanted to be a mom for a long time. She was very relieved and happy when she got pregnant."

Reporting by CHARLOTTE TRIGGS

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