Ana Ortiz Dishes About Pregnancy

Ana Ortiz, whose first child was due yesterday, can’t wait to be a mom. The 38-year-old Ugly Betty star recently spoke with Pregnancy Magazine about her experiences during pregnancy, her fears of labor and breastfeeding, and what kind of mother she hopes to be.

On the biggest surprise of pregnancy: “How great it’s been! I was sort of nervous about the whole thing— just working and them not writing it into the show; I was just nervous about a whole slew of things. But I’ve just loved, loved the whole experience.”

On her cravings: “This baby has definitely given me a sweet tooth. There is absolutely no way I can have dinner without dessert. It’s just really physically impossible for me. But food aversions? Not really – food has been my friend.”

On how she told her husband: “I was so nauseous for a couple weeks. I just did not think I was pregnant because – maybe this is too much information – but I never get my period very regularly. So I just thought it was my body just tripping out on me in some way. So I [said to my husband], “You know what? Can you go and get some pregnancy tests so that I can connect my mind and my body, and my body will know and I can get my period. He did, and in 10 minutes I was supposed to leave for work. I came out and I was like, “Babe I’m pregnant.” Then literally five minutes later I had to leave to go to work. So the two of us were completely alone soft of in a daze until we got to see each other that night.”

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On choosing a name: “We’ve got a short list that we’ll probably just take to the hospital and see what she looks like. I’m so nervous about the name thing, I really am.”

On her birth plan: “Epidural, I’m pretty sure. My girlfriend was really trying for natural and we went as far as she could. I am telling you, I felt like Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment because as soon as she was like, “I think I need the epidural.” I was running in the hallway: “Get my daughter the meds! Get her the epidural!” It was just very animal, it wasn’t horrible, and it was just an incredible intense, intense thing. It’s hard to see someone you love in that kind of state.”

On her fears: “I am, I’m nervous about labor. To me, it is just so unknown; I mean I have been a birthing partner for two of my girlfriends. It was incredible and that actually helped a lot! So I think the experience became a little less scary for me. It’s still such a different experience being on the other side of it. But you know, [my friend] is going to be there with me and my mom and my husband are going to be there, so I guess it’s going to be OK. You know what I’m really nervous about is breastfeeding, actually. I’ve heard so many incredibly difficult stories, and its something that I really want to do, but I’m just so nervous about it.”

On what kind of mom she wants to be: “I hope to be creative and patient and loving and hopeful. My mom had so much [creativity]. We were so broke growing up and I would have never known.”

On her favorite thing about being pregnant: “Going through this experience with my husband and his reaction to it all. It has brought us so close. He has been more incredible than I could of even possibly have imagined. I don’t think there’s been a day that has gone by that he hasn’t been like, “You are so beautiful. You look amazing. You look beautiful.” And it’s not placating to make me feel better. It’s just so genuine and for me that has been a real eye-opening and beautiful part of the whole thing.”

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