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Q&A With Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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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.

When you're not pregnant, what's your best health habit? Your worst?

I'm a big juicer! I like to get in my greens that way. I'm not a big salad eater. I'll eat the stuff that's in the salad and not the greens, so I get it through juicing. My worst habit is that I have a very, very large sweet tooth. I like a lot of candy. Nerds and SweeTarts are my favorite. My sister-in-law makes special cakes, and for my birthday, she made me one in the shape of a Nerds box.

If you could wave a magic wand and eliminate any disease or health condition, what would it be?

That's so hard. It's like picking which kid you love best. I'd say cancer just because it's affected the most people in my life. There have been so many breakthroughs and there's hope, but it's still that scary word. There's a reason people used to whisper it when they said it.

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