Mom-to-be Emily Deschanel radiates the cover of Fit Pregnancy, which hits newsstands on September 19. During her eighth month of pregnancy, the Bones star opened up about her first pregnancy, her strict vegan diet, her prenatal exercise routine and her hopes for a natural birth: “We’ve been taking HypnoBirthing classes.”
On her pregnancy: “I really like being pregnant. Not that there aren’t things I don’t love, but when I think about what my body is doing—creating a child—it just blows my mind. I’m in awe of the process and the science. And seeing my belly move is pretty amazing; it’s like in the movie Alien. I knew about the kicks, but I never expected somersaults.”
On if her vegan diet has been challenging during pregnancy: “I don’t think it’s any more challenging for me than it is for anyone else: You have to make sure you get all those essential nutrients. The real challenge for a vegan is getting vitamin B12 and omega-3s; you can get those in a vegetarian supplement made from algae. I’ve increased my protein intake with beans and brown rice, and shakes made with almond milk and hemp powder. The funny thing is, I love kale and always used to put it in my breakfast shakes, but for some reason I can’t stand it right now.”
On her prenatal exercise routine: “I’m still Spinning and doing yoga—right now it’s a prenatal yoga DVD I do at home—but I really love classes. I like the music and the motivation you get from the people in class with you. And I’m walking a lot these days.”
On her plans for a natural birth: “We’ve been taking HypnoBirthing classes, and I plan to do that. David will be with me, and also a doula.”
To read more of the interview with Emily, pick up the newest edition of Fit Pregnancy, which hits newsstands on September 19.