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Alanis Morissette Gets Ready to Rock Her Baby

The music star reveals how pregnancy has helped her learn to slow down, eat up, and look at her body in a whole different way.

Morissette: Musician, Actress, Writer continued...

"I was a bit of a train wreck at the beginning," she admits, referring to the first trimester of her pregnancy. "[But] I look back on it now and I'm grateful. …Even though it was physically challenging, it's been a 'get out of jail free' card for me from the workaholic lifestyle. …It's allowed me to slow down for the first time in my life. I wouldn't slow down in the past without some pointed reason. My own well-being wasn't reason enough."

In other words the self-avowed "night owl" -- whose long-held approach to creativity was to stay up until 4 a.m. to get the lyrics written, new tracks laid down, lines memorized, or paragraphs finessed -- hit a physical wall. "I realized my timeline is not necessarily the baby's timeline," she says. "I envisioned the book being done before the baby came. I'm still writing every day but not late at night, like I once did. I have to be OK with finishing the book sometime next year."

Surviving Morning Sickness

Like many women, Morissette battled nausea during her first trimester.

"It was hard," she says now, clearly relieved to be past it. "But it helps that it's so purposeful. I'm not exhausted and nauseated because I have food poisoning; I'm exhausted and nauseated because I'm growing a human being inside my body! A level of humility, reverence, and surrender is required."

Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician and co-author of Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy, says, "Morning sickness is a myth. It's all-day sickness for most women who experience it. The good news is, as long as there isn't excessive vomiting, even women who feel awful -- and who are not gaining much weight during the first trimester -- tend to feel better, eat better, and gain weight during the second and third, when it's so essential to get proper nutrition and put on anywhere from one to two pounds per week.

"Besides," Brown adds, "experiencing 'morning sickness' is a positive sign of a healthy pregnancy. It usually means there are adequate hormone levels in the body."

"I'd heard a lot of the tricks," muses Morissette on the subject. "You know, eating and drinking ginger. And I ate smaller, lighter meals. But really the greatest muscle I developed is not resisting. Because I did resist for a few days; I was in denial that my whole life was about to change. And my body just shut down."

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