Star of CBS’s new sitcom, $#*! My Dad Says, Nicole Sullivan is also a spokesperson for March of Dimes and Jenny Craig. Mom of two young boys – Dash, 3 1/2, and Beckett, 1 1/2 – Nicole opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the importance of staying healthy – and informed! – during your pregnancy, her upcoming holiday plans and how she is determined to minimize the consumption of sweets this festive season.
CBS: What tips do you have for women to take charge of their pregnancy?
NS: “You just hit the nail on the head right there. You have to take charge, not just go to your appointments, nod your head and go home. Go in with questions and a great way to do that is to go to the March of Dimes website. It’s chock-full of information. It will spark questions, you should write them down and bring them in to your doctor.
Some across the board tips are folic acid. Very important to take. I was 5 weeks into my first pregnancy before I even heard the words folic acid. I now know that you should be taking folic acid three months before you even get pregnant because it can reduce the risk of some birth defects by as much as 75 percent.
Another important point to get across is don’t deliver before 39 weeks unless medically necessary. Don’t agree to or ask for any induction or c-section before 39 weeks. Also, the earlier you can get an ultrasound in your pregnancy, the more specific they can pinpoint your due date which will help you prevent giving birth before 39 weeks, hopefully.”
CBS: As a mother of two, what are some of the most important things you learned during your own pregnancies?
NS: “The folic acid was sort of a scare for me with the first one. I was high risk because of my age so knowing what that meant and learning to ask questions. I found out I was high risk when I saw a red sticker on my file. I thought to myself, ‘Look at that, I’m high risk’. Then I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s because I’m so old’. I went to MarchOfDimes.com for everything like what kind of fish am I supposed to eat or not supposed to eat. How many ounces? Do I eat nuts, do I not eat nuts? All these questions are all answered on their website. It’s an amazing site.”
CBS: Is there anything we was as moms-to-be or future moms-to-be can do to get involved with March of Dimes?
NS: “The best thing is to hammer home, you know we’ve become a little flippant, especially here in Los Angeles, about when babies are born. Over 90% of women don’t know that it’s unsafe to give birth before 39 weeks. That’s the message we’re really trying to get across. The baby should stay in there as long as possible. And check the March of Dimes website because it has so much information. It’s such a wonderful organization and they’re saving lives every day. It’s amazing!”
CBS: Are your boys excited for Christmas?
NS: “The 1 1/2 year old is clueless, obviously. The 3 1/2 year old doesn’t quite get it. He keeps asking for the Star Wars movie over and over again. I’m like, ‘Dude, you can get more than one thing. You just have to ask’. He’s trying to figure it out and he’s slowly getting it. He’s having a blast decorating and stuff. He loves it.”
CBS: How about Santa? What do they think of him?
NS: “It’s that borderline thing, isn’t it. We can get him to stand near Santa for a photo, but he won’t go on Santa’s lap. He’s unnerved by him enough to not want to sit in his lap. You know, you can’t force that.”
CBS: How are you planning to celebrate the holidays?
NS: “We have a Christmas eve dinner at my house every year with a bunch of people and their kids that come and we do a yankee-swap type thing. Then over New Year’s we’re going skiing in Colorado.”
CBS: How do you plan to stay off the sugar train and follow your diet over the holidays?
NS: “Isn’t that always the question. I’m a Jenny Craig spokesperson, so it’s in my nature now to exercise portion control. I’ll try a little bit of everything. Losing the baby weight was such an issue for me the first time around. The second time was so much better because of Jenny Craig. So I’m just staying true to it and talking to my consultant every week via email about how I’m doing and just staying on top of my game. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s hard. I’ll take a little bite of everything and feed the rest to my husband.”
CBS: Thank you so much, Nicole. We wish you a happy holiday season.
NS: “Thank you so much! I follow your tweets. I’m a huge fan of the website!”