Katie Lowes: “I Don’t Have A Birth Plan Yet”

Mom-to-be Katie Lowes covers the October cover of Fit Pregnancy and Baby and opens up about expecting her first child – a boy – with husband husband Adam Shapiro, and her Scandal character, Quinn, also pregnant on the show.

On planning for her first child: “For me, having a baby was never going to be timed randomly. I wanted to have mine while I was on Scandal. Kerry Washington is one of my best friends, and I’ve gotten to watch her go through motherhood. I also have the greatest female boss in Shonda Rhimes, who is a mother of three and a huge advocate for women. I knew if I was fortunate enough to get pregnant while working on the show, I would feel nothing but support.”

On life imitating art: “My Scandal character, Quinn, is pregnant as well, and that’s been the greatest gift ever. Quinn is also engaged on the show. Even though she’s a murderer and a spy, Quinn is the character who’s the most committed to her relationship. I think she has the most fun storyline ever—to be a pregnant badass! And it’s a good message for women: Quinn is in the workforce. Quinn is kicking ass. Quinn is taking names and she’s also expecting.”

On being informed and prepared: “I tend to overprepare, and I’d seen friends have a hard time getting pregnant, so I wasn’t interested in winging it for a year or two. I have an acupuncturist who is knowledgeable about fertility and she helped me understand my body and cycle. She was very empowering, especially because I never paid that much attention to my fertility before. Luckily, I had an easy time.”

On keeping fit: “I’m in Hollywood, so a workout regimen has always been a huge part of my life. When you’re in front of the camera you want to feel good. But I’ve never been someone who’s like, ‘I just can’t wait to get to that spin class!’ So the craziest thing is how much I love my pregnancy regimen. I love it. Maybe it’s because I’m not just working out for me, but for him. I’m working out to be really strong for the birth, and so that I can then lift and hold my son for all of those months.”

On her hospital prep: “I don’t have a birth plan yet, but we’ll be in a hospital. I wanted a doula because it’s my first baby and I want to be able to call her when I’m going into labor so she can come over and help us go through the early stage. My husband and I are both actors; we’re obviously dramatic. So we want someone who is able to say, ‘This is normal. You’re okay; let’s do another lap around the house. Let’s bounce on a ball, let’s walk down the street.’ That way I won’t rush to the hospital too soon. Then, when I’m officially freaked out, we’ll head to the hospital. But she’ll be there as our advocate and as someone who has gone through this many more times than we have.”

On expecting a boy: “I opened the next card that said ‘It’s a boy!’ In that moment, which only lasted for a minute, I realized, ‘My gosh, I’m an older sister, I take care of my whole family and plan everything. How is our first child a boy? That’s not what I know.’ I hadn’t realized, until then, that I always thought I would have a girl first. I have a little brother, and I feel very proud of my position in the family. I was projecting like crazy, but it was just my initial reaction and it quickly went away. A moment later, I was crying with happiness.”

On keeping an open mind: ”My husband and I are aware, of course, that our son will be born with male parts. But we have no idea what he will identify as or what his sexual orientation will be. I wish, now more than ever, to just please let my son be healthy and happy and safe. That’s all that matters.”

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