Lara Spencer on her public pregnancy, advice from viewers and the nesting instinct
Television journalist Lara Spencer reports on fashion, trends and the quirkier side of life for Good Morning America while juggling married life with another a.m. person, CNN morning anchor David Haffenreffer. We spoke with Spencer, 31, when she was but a millisecond away from delivering their first child, a boy.
Fit Pregnancy: Your due date is … well … yesterday. Are you tired of being a kid condo?
Lara Spencer: I never really got huge, so I’m not horribly uncomfortable. But with every little twinge I think, “This could be it.” I have a high pain threshold, so I hope I’ll notice.
You’ll notice, trust us on this one. By the way, we noticed you were still on the air this morning.
Yeah. I decided it would be more destructive for my personality to be home watching the clock, so I’ve continued to work. It’s helped that I’ve found great clothes to wear.
What are your favorite finds?
Some of the best things actually haven’t been maternity wear. I love Liz Lange Maternity, but I also felt sexy wearing drawstring under-the-belly pants and a tight sweater. I went to athletic stores like Speedo and Danskin for straight-legged jogging pants and to Banana Republic for extra-large sweaters. And I felt like a million bucks. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money because I don’t know when I’ll get pregnant again.
Do you talk to your baby?
All the time. I tell him that I can’t wait to meet him. I fill him in on what I’m doing that day. When I’m driving, people in the next car must think I’m insane. They see no phone, no other person, and there I am, chattin’ away.
You’ve done your whole pregnancy on the air. What kind of letters do you get?
Now that I’m past my due date, viewers have been trying to help me have the baby. People wrote that I should have sex, that what got him in will get him out. I’ve been told to eat spicy food, Chinese food, shrimp with lobster sauce. If I listen to everybody, I’ll either have the kid or gain another 20 pounds.
I could not get enough eggs in my first trimester. Scrambled. Hard-boiled. Before this year, I’d never had a hard-boiled egg. But when I got pregnant, I’d be the one in the greenroom hoarding the hard-boiled eggs. Now I’m full-on into sweets. Especially cupcakes.
On GMA, you’ve become known for your “Behavior Labs,” which test people’s responses to various situations. Have you done one to determine if people respond differently to pregnant women?
Actually, I have. A year-and-a-half before I got pregnant, I strapped on a fake pregnant belly and rode subways in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Chicago to see where people were kindest to a woman with child. New York won. And I’m happy to report, now that I’m really pregnant, New Yorkers haven’t let me down. People have been so considerate. Total strangers get excited about your condition!