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Q&A With Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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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!

What are your thoughts about your parenting style or philosophy?

I'm inspired by many of the different ways people parent and discipline. A girlfriend of mine gave me Happiest Baby on the Block, and I want to watch that. But I don't want to be rigid and hold myself to expectations of how things should go. I want to see what he's like and who he is, and he and my fiancé and I will figure it out. I know a baby's main way of communicating is crying, so I have to not get frustrated about it. A friend told me to get Zen about it when you hear that sound: It's him talking.

Who are your parenting role models?

I've had a lot of good examples. My brother and sister-in-law have three kids, and she's a phenomenal mom. She's had three babies in 5 years, and I go to her for a lot of things. There are six of us in my group of friends who are all having babies this year, and it's been nice to have this close network of people you trust going through it together.

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