Haven star Emily Rose is “really excited” to become a mom. The Brothers & Sisters alum and husband Dairek Morgan expect their first child – a boy – in late April. Last month, they announced their pregnancy news in a “fun” and unique online video.
The mom-to-be, 32, opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her cravings for burgers and sushi, her hopes for a natural birth and plans to skip a maternity leave, their babymoon in Kauai and Valentine’s Day plans, and the “preggo podcasts” that are preparing her for motherhood.
CBS: Congratulations on your pregnancy! How are you feeling? Are you experiencing any nausea or other side effects? Maybe some weird cravings?
ER: “Thanks so much. I’m really excited. I’ve been feeling wonderful. I didn’t even realize I was pregnant originally because I wasn’t sick at all, I was just tired. I thought I was so exhausted because I had been filming…but surprise, I was pregnant!
I haven’t craved anything strange. I craved watermelon at first. Being in California, I crave In-N-Out (who doesn’t?), and sushi, and P.F. Chang’s, kale… none of these together [laughs].”
CBS: We loved your unique video pregnancy announcement! What inspired you to create the video?
ER: “I had a good friend who wrote a rap with her husband that they performed together and posted on Facebook to announce their pregnancy. It was so hilarious and very ‘them.’ They were a big inspiration, and for my announcement I wanted to do something that was ‘me.’
I love to edit stuff together and often celebrate special moments in my life by editing little 3 minute videos. So it felt like a trailer would be something fun that I could post and that would be ‘me’ at the same time.”
CBS: Are you excited about having a boy? When are you due? Do you have any names picked out?
ER: “Very excited to have a boy. I always wanted an older brother, so I always wanted to have a boy first. I am due at the end of April and yes we have a name, but I am going to wait to announce it when I see his little face.”
CBS: Will your pregnancy be written into the script of Haven?
ER: “I’m not sure what the writers will do this next season. The timing of my pregnancy and our shooting schedule couldn’t be more perfect actually. I will have the baby and then soon afterward leave with my family to go film in Nova Scotia for the next 5 months, so I won’t be pregnant while I film season 4.
Working and having a newborn is going to be tiring, but I am really excited to have the whole family together and experience motherhood on set.”
CBS: Do you have a birth plan? Are you hoping for a natural birth? Scheduled C-section?
ER: “I am really really hoping to have a natural childbirth. Everything about the birthing process is incredibly miraculous to me. I grew up in a family that had all natural births, so the idea of doing it naturally isn’t as scary to me.
Obviously I have no idea what will happen and people have prepped me and my husband to be flexible and not get our hearts too set on one thing, but a natural childbirth is our aim and I am up for the challenge.”
CBS: How are you preparing for motherhood? Are you reading all the books? Are you taking any prenatal exercise classes?
ER: “I immediately started listening to a bunch of preggo podcasts on iTunes (I love pregtastic and preggie pals). I don’t really know any other preggos in my area, so this was a way I could process everything and learn in an engaging way.
My husband and I are taking birthing classes, and I am trying to exercise regularly, and yes, I’m reading here and there. But I’m mainly listening to podcasts, and doing a lot of internet research. And classes too, of course.”
CBS: How are you and your husband planning to spend Valentine’s Day?
ER: “Actually it’s a big season for our family. My sister is recently engaged, so we are going to her engagement party in Florida over Valentine’s Day and weekend. We recently really enjoyed a babymoon in Kauai too. We are both just so thankful to be able to have the time now to do these things.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
ER: “My sister’s wedding, the baby, and prepping for Haven are most of what’s on my mind right now. That really seems like a lot to process in the next few months!
I feel really blessed to be on such a great show with such supportive people. And also just so blessed to be home – on hiatus – with time to focus on experiencing this big chapter of motherhood with such great family and friends.”