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Q&A With Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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How did you find your doula?

It's kind of crazy! I did a show with NBC called Celebrity Game Night, where six celebrities are teamed with regular people to play games like charades. This girl on my team, we really hit it off, and she told me she's a massage therapist and doula. We stayed in touch. She lives in Tennessee, and she flew in for the birth.

You've said you picked up a lot of advice from friends who are pregnant, too. What's the best tip you heard?

I watched my best friend give birth a few months ago. I was in there, front row, right behind the doctor, and it was amazing and such a privilege and such a beautiful thing that she allowed me to be there. She already has a 3-year-old son and now just had a little girl, and she's kind of who I went to for everything. I was really panicking about all the things I needed to buy for the baby, and she was like, "You don't need this, you do need this, try this and see if he likes it..." And my mom said, "Jamie, I did it with nothing. We had three kids and very little for you, and you were all fine." They eased my fears.

Was it easy or hard to keep up with working out during pregnancy? How did you adapt your schedule?

I wasn't the best, I have to be honest! I looked up yoga stretches and positions online and I did that sometimes, and I tried to walk as much as I can, but I didn't pressure myself to keep up any kind of exercise routine. I lay down a lot! In the first trimester I couldn't do anything; I was lucky if I could get out of the house. Since I was super-pregnant during the two hottest months of the year, I also swam whenever I could.

What are you most looking forward to doing again that you've had to give up while pregnant?

Sushi, for sure. You know, I was also never a big drinker, but I'd watch the Real Housewives shows and they were all drinking champagne, and it looked so good to me!

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