The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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In honor of our special 10th anniversary issue,
a few of our celebrity friends who have graced the pages of Fit Pregnancy were happy to talk with us about labor, motherhood and all things baby.
British actress Alex Kingston, who plays Dr. Elizabeth Corday on ER, is mom to daughter Salome, 2. While she loves her work, her perspective has shifted since she became a mother.
Birth: “I was in labor for 36 hours. When Salome was born, she had the cord around her neck twice and a true knot in the cord. It was actually a miracle she was alive! She’s a very, very strong baby.”
Food for thought: “When she was very small, she cried a lot and seemed colicky. I had changed my diet after she was born, shifting to vegetarian. Then I discovered that the worst thing to do is change the diet your body is used to during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. So I cut down on that and started eating steak again. Then she seemed much better.”
Magic moment: “They happen every day, but the one that stands out was when she first laughed: She was about 4 months old. Newborns make those breathy, fluttering noises that are so amazing; they’re like nothing else. Literally, they are like butterfly wings fluttering. We were in the garden playing with the dogs and, all of a sudden, she let out this
raucous laugh. It was like she suddenly found her voice.”
Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer (above), who is currently in a theatrical production of Funny Girl (when not writing those damn thank-you notes), expounds on the joys of being 1-year-old Frances Mary’s mom.
Birth: “I had such strong opinions about how I wanted this birth to be: no epidural, no Pitocin, no C-section. But then I had the epidural and it was fantastic. And it did what I needed it to do to get my baby born. It’s such a great lesson.”
Tricks of the trade: “Frances cried constantly for the first six weeks, so we’d take her for walks in the BabyBjörn. My husband said it was like the movie Speed—if we dropped below 30 mph, the bomb would explode—so we covered every inch of our neighborhood. We had to keep her moving.”
Fear of flying: “At eight weeks [postpartum], we flew to L.A. together and I remember being terrified, thinking, What if she starts to cry? This woman sat down next to me and said snidely, ‘Oh, great—a newborn.’ Frances looked at me, then started to breastfeed. She was so good and snuggly. I had this moment of, I’m this person’s mother and I’m going to take care of her and she’s going to be OK as long as she’s with me.”