Are We There Yet? Not quite! Actress Essence Atkins may have a few months to go before welcoming her first child with hubby Jaime Mendez, but according to the mommy-to-be, she’s loving every minute of this new journey in her life, and so far, there haven’t been any bumps in the road.
“I didn’t have any morning sickness, everything has been extremely well,” Atkins tells Essence. “The only thing I changed was that I stopped working out.”
Essence definitely hasn’t slowed down since finding out about her pregnancy, though.
It’s funny, we weren’t trying. I just looked in the mirror one morning at my body and it looked different,” the actress shares. “My breasts were bigger, I stood in front of my husband and said, ‘Honey, I think I’m pregnant.'”
And she was!
At 39, Atkins has no regrets about waiting to start a family; even if it’s not what society – or her group of friends – expected.
“All of our friends are like, ‘You guys are just getting started while our [kids] are off to college,’ but it’s like, I lived my life, I’ve taken trips to Paris for just 30 hours and came back, I’ve popped bottles, I’ve done it all, now I’m just ready and looking forward to being a mom.”
Essence and Jaime do know the sex of their baby, but Atkins teases, “I’m not saying.”