Molly Ringwald’s Fit Pregnancy

Expectant mom Molly Ringwald strikes a pose for the cover of the June issue of Fit Pregnancy. Molly and her husband Panio Gianopoulos are set to make the leap from one child to three as they are expecting twins – a boy and a girl – in August. The 41-year-old star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager talks to the magazine about motherhood, her daughter Mathilda, 5 1/2, and why she hopes to deliver the twins naturally.

On her pregnancy: “It’s not exactly the way we planned it, but various circumstances kept us from having a baby sooner. I actually think it’s a good thing considering we’re having twins, as it would be so much harder with a toddler than with an almost 6-year-old.”

On what she’ll do differently this time around: “I think I will try to slow down and appreciate the moments more. Everyone says it goes by so fast, but when you are in middle of it, it doesn’t seem like it’s going so quickly. All of sudden, your baby is a toddler, then a little girl and all grown up. It does go by in a heartbeat. This is going to be our last time around, so I’m going to appreciate the moments and try not to be too overwhelmed.”

On her parenting style: “I think that I am loving, compassionate and interested. I am a little bit more of a disciplinarian than my husband. There’s always one in a family. I think I am fairly liberal in that I don’t try to force things, ideas or religion on Mathilda, but I want to make sure that she has manners, a code of ethics and cares about others.”

On getting ready to welcome twins: “It’s exciting, especially since it’s a boy and girl. It’s the best of both worlds. Also, since there is such a big age difference with my daughter, it will be nice that they will have each other. I won’t have to scramble for playdates; I am really bad about that. I guess I am a naturally shy person and slow to make friends. I always feel a little deficient in the playdate department. [She laughs.] But I am worried about lack of sleep. I will be working and I’m taking just eight weeks off to give birth and take care of them, and then I go back to work in September. I have never done that before.”

On motherhood: “I am really excited to have a bigger family. I can’t wait to meet and see them. It’s so hard to imagine your children before they are actually here. I say to my husband all the time, ‘Can you imagine life without Mathilda?’ She is such a huge part of us now, it’s impossible to think of life without her. Our daughter is so different from us; she has elements of me and of my husband, but such her own personality, sense of humor, and individual ideas. It’s so interesting to see how they grow and develop. It will be the same way with the twins. Because it hasn’t happened yet, it’s so exciting to think about who these little people will be.”

On breastfeeding: “Yes, I am going to [breastfeed the twins], but I don’t know what that’s going to be like with the two. I did breastfeed Mathilda.”

On soon-to-be big sister Mathilda: “She’s excited, but there’s a certain amount of trepidation since she’s been an only child for 5 1/2 years. She doesn’t exactly know what it’s going to be like. Everywhere we go people tell her she’s going to be a big sister. She’s been a baby for so long, so it’s a lot for her to take in. She did tell us that when the babies are born that we should find a stepdaddy for them.”

On her pregnancy advice: “Every woman is different and has her own experience, but it’s important to eat right and take care of yourself. You don’t need to run a marathon but don’t stop working out if it feels good. You have to listen to your own body. And trust that you can give birth.”

On her birth plan: “I am going to try to do it naturally, but it’s not easy to find an OB who won’t immediately schedule a C-section when you have twins. It feels like our country has gone a little crazy on that front. I really do feel that giving birth the natural way is important. Of course, if they tell me I have to have C-section because it’s dangerous for the babies not to, I won’t say no. But I don’t want to discount it as a possibility.”

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  1. morgan

    She looks beautiful! And she sounds really grounded

  2. Anonymous

    I think she looks really great considering she’s pregnant because a lot of other woman who are pregnant with twins are a lot bigger but since she’s working out and is living a healthy lifestyle she’s in great shape.

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