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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.

Eating Disorders and Pregnancy

Eating healthfully has long been an issue for the performer. Morissette has openly battled eating disorders in the past. Now she is the first to tell you she's done the hard work -- emotionally, physically, even spiritually -- by slowly learning to respect her body enough to give it food rich in nutrients and to exercise in a balanced, not obsessive, way. Mostly, she's relieved to have come to terms with her "many addictions," as she calls them, before conceiving.

"I look at my body in a different way now," she tells WebMD. "For so long it's been this athletic, mostly ornamental organism. Now it's this purposeful, miraculous baby maker. A complete reframe of what my body is here for. Food, too, has taken on a different meaning. I became more high-nutrient oriented a good two years before I got pregnant, so the timing [of the pregnancy] was fortuitous for me."

In addition to low-impact exercise such as hiking and "doing the elliptical," Morissette, who ran two marathons and several shorter triathlons before getting pregnant, continued her regular jogging routine during her first trimester. "It just changed naturally," she says of finally swapping her sneakers for a yoga mat somewhere in the third or fourth month. "My yoga practice has been so important. The bigger my belly gets, the more strain in my back, the tighter my hips get -- yoga is a godsend for me right now."

Pursuing fitness in all its forms also allows Morissette to get out of her head, she says, and not "obsess about all-things-pregnancy all the time, which can leave me feeling sort of nuts."

Third Trimester Insomnia

Getting enough sleep, however, is still a problem for Morissette, who has battled bouts of insomnia in the past. Ironically, just as the singer announces she's finally able to slow down, her body has kicked into full, third-trimester throttle.

She retires early -- a rarity before -- and maintains a regular bedtime. Plus, she eats some fruit and protein an hour or so before bed, which has been shown to aid sleep. Despite these efforts, she is still regularly up in the middle of the night with surges of wakeful energy.

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