Grey’s Anatomy actress Sarah Drew is expecting her first child with husband Peter Lanfer. In an interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, Drew opens up about pregnancy and parenting tips and why being an expectant mom is exciting but terrifying at the same time!
Congratulations! What makes you the most excited about having your first child?
I’m really excited to jump into this next stage of my life. I’ve always wanted to be a parent, and I’ve waited a long time. I’ve been married for 9 years, and I wanted to wait till I felt ready. I feel like I’m ready now. I’ve come to a great place in my career. I am on a series, able to hide my pregnancy, able to work, and have a job after the baby comes. I’ve always wanted kids, and this feels like the perfect time.
Do you plan on taking time off from filming Grey’s Anatomy after you have your baby?
I am actually hoping not to take much of a break. I don’t want to miss any episodes. When Ellen Pompeo had her baby, they shot her scenes from two episodes early and then she had those two episodes off. I’m hoping they do same thing for me. Or maybe they will write my character off for two episodes like they did for Jessica Capshaw. That would be fine. I don’t want to take a huge break because I don’t want April’s story line to fall by the wayside, but I also want time to bond with my baby. What is great is that the show has 14 series regulars, so it is easy to write a character lightly for a few episodes.
Are you thinking of any baby names? Will you find out if it is a boy or girl?
No decisions on baby names yet. We also haven’t decided if we want to find out the sex or not. I wanted to find out, but my husband wanted it to be a surprise. I am four weeks away from the ultrasound where I can find out if it is a boy or a girl. We both initially wanted different things, but I am starting to enjoy the idea of it being a surprise. It is against my nature not to find out, as I am such a planner and organizer, but this is one of life’s great surprises and it could be pretty cool to wait. Right now, I am still just getting used to the idea of having a child. It is a scary thing…my life will change massively. It is so exciting and super terrifying at the same time. I want to have career ambitions and be a great mom, and figure out how those two desires can coexist.
What great advice have you received from other stars with children that has helped you during your pregnancy?
Ellen is so great; she is a wealth of information. She loves to take care of people on set. As soon as I got pregnant, she sat me down and said, “Okay, lets talk. How’s the nausea? Are you thinking of nannies?… “ so incredibly helpful and engaged right off the bat. She gave me great advice for helping with the nausea! Boil fresh ginger to make a tea, and bring it to work to sip on when the nausea arises. This was really helpful…it definitely worked! Jessica, Chyler and Chandra have also been super helpful. It’s been so wonderful talking with other women who have children while continuing to act full time. I think there is a lot of judgement out there about motherhood. People judge you if you stay home full time, and people judge you if you hire people to help care for your kids. It’s so nice to talk to moms in the same situation as me. There’s no judgement. Only support.
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