Monday, September 19, 2011

Emily Deschanel Dishes on Birth Plans

The star of the TV hit series Bones, Emily Deschanel (34), is expecting her first child with husband David Hornsby. She opened up to Fit Pregnancy for their November print issue. In the interview, she dishes on eating vegan throughout her pregnancy, her all natural birth plan and more.

How are you feeling?
I really like being pregnant. Not that there aren't things I don't love, but when I think about what my body is doing - creating a child - it just blows my mind. I'm in awe of the process and science. And seeing my belly move is pretty amazing; it's like in the movie Alien. I knew about the kicks but never expected somersaults.

What has been most challenging for you?
The fatigue is the hardest part. We work 14 to 16 hour days and, for the first trimester, we weren’t telling people about the pregnancy, so it was hard. Now it’s just things like putting on shoes, getting up off the ground. It’s comical.

You’re a committed vegan. Has keeping up that way of eating been a challenge?
I don’t think it’s any more challenging for me than for anyone else. You have to make sure you get all those essential nutrients. The real challenge for a vegan is getting vitamin b12, and omega-3s, but you can get those in a vegetarian supplement. I’ve increased my protein intake with beans and brown rice, and shakes made with almond milk and hemp powder. The funny this is, I love kale and always used to put it in my breakfast shakes, but for some reason I can’t stand it right now.

Any cravings?
Lemonade! I want it all the time. That and grapefruit. Those cravings I indulge. But I also crave chocolate all the time, and I try to ignore that.

What kind of prenatal exercise do you do?
I’m still Spinning and doing yoga - right now it’s a prenatal yoga DVD I do at home - but I really love classes. I like the music and the motivation you get from the people in class with you. And I’m walking a lot these days.

How do you plan to balance motherhood with your busy life?
I have no idea, but I’m lucky because I’ll have a nanny and I’ll also be able to bring the baby to work. Otherwise I’d never seen him or her.

Will you breastfeed?
Absolutely, for a year, maybe longer. I'm a total hippie, so we will co-sleep and breastfeed. My mom breastfed me for more than a year, and I can't imagine doing it any other way. It's cheap and much better for the environment, and you don't have to lug all that stuff around. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but I'm determined, even if it's hard at first.

What are your plans for the birth?
We've been taking HypnoBirthing classes, and I plan to do that. David will be with me, and also a doula.

What is the best piece of advice you can give other first-timers?
It's kind of ironic, because you do get so much advice, but someone told me: Trust your instincts. I love that.

Emily Deschanel in Fit pregnancy magazine! [LiveJournal]