The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Our August/September 2009 cover model, Irish actress Elaine Cassidy, played Abby on CBS’s Harper’s Island this past spring. Married to actor/producer Stephen Lord, Cassidy also appeared in the music video for Coldplay’s song, “The Scientist,” as well as the feature film The Others (2001) and U.K. television shows “Fingersmith” and “Uncle Adolf.” The couple are expecting their first child in early fall. We interviewed Cassidy after our cover photo shoot.
Q: You look amazing. How are you feeling?
A: Amazing! I feel kind of guilty because I haven’t had much sickness or anything at all. A couple weeks ago I had to lie in bed for a half-hour because I ate too much pizza and felt kind of queasy, but I can’t really blame the pregnancy for that. It should be a time you can enjoy, so I’m glad I have been able to.
Q: Have you had any cravings?
A: I seem to want foods from my childhood: fresh orange juice – and it has to be fresh – eggs, cheese, yogurt. And Irish breakfast, which is sausage, eggs, rashers, mushrooms, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes and hash browns.
Q: Black and white pudding?
A: It’s a kind of blood pudding. Rashers is bacon.
Q: What about aversions?
A: It’s weird: I can smell things I never smelled before—the other day I woke up and could smell my neighbor’s toast and laundry. Candles are too intense right now.
Q: How’s your prenatal diet?
A: I normally eat really healthy food, but I find it tougher to eat the foods I usually look forward to, such as fish and vegetables; it’s just taking more of an effort. I’m much more drawn to dairy and meat. I still enjoy fruit and I take a prenatal vitamin.
Q: Are you exercising?
A: I have been trying to get my walks in every day. It’s so much easier in Los Angeles than in Ireland and England, where it’s more likely to rain.
Q: How did it feel to pose for our cover?
A: It felt really special, because it’s not just me posing. The baby and I did this together. It’s a kind of keepsake that we will be able to tell the baby about. I’m hopeless when it comes to taking photos. We took some amazing pictures on our honeymoon and I did something to the camera and they all got deleted. So it’s nice to have this.
Q: What do you like/dislike about being pregnant?
A: Talk to me in two months; I’ll probably be saying “Enough already,” but I like that you can indulge a bit more, and I love sleeping.