Nikki Reed: “Pregnant, I’m A Better Version Of Myself”

Expectant mama Nikki Reed covers the new issue of Fit Pregnancy and Baby and opens up about expecting her first child with husband Ian Somerhalder.

On their plans for the newborn phase: “We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves. After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate. You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present."

On learning of her pregnancy: “[I] took the pregnancy test before dawn. I didn’t have my glasses or contacts and I can’t see without them. I was squinting, thinking, ‘Are there any more lines?’ I yelled to Ian, ‘Get up!’ He ran into the bathroom, read the test, and we were so excited."

On keeping the baby’s gender a surprise: “It’s the greatest and only true surprise of your life."

On having her doctor, doula and massage chiropractor by her side during the delivery: “[They will be] keeping me comfortable and informed." Though she originally hoped for a home birth with a midwife, she is now “looking at all options. My doctor says, ‘Midwives always think nothing will go wrong. Doctors always think something will. Let’s find a place in the middle.’ "

On enjoying her first pregnancy: “Ian jokes that he wants to keep me pregnant forever. Pregnant, I’m a better version of myself. I’m really chill and relaxed, which I think is the greatest blessing. Being pregnant has given me this new and powerful appreciation for my body. Why do I suddenly have this layer of fat? Oh, it’s because my body needs to create breast milk. Why am I hungry and thirsty? Because my body is creating amniotic fluid. I want to write my pregnant body love letters, it’s so f— cool!"

For more from Nikki, go to Fit Pregnancy and Baby

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