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Selma Blair, Actress, Mother of Arthur 5 Years Old, Los Angeles.


Whats your most cherished memory on your pregnancy?
Pregnancy agreed with me. I so loved having my baby inside me, knowing I didn’t have to ask for help in caring for him or deal with any scheduling. It was just us. One of my most cherished memories is of swimming in the ocean near Tulum. I had gone there as a last vacation with Jason, Arthur’s father. The waves were gentle with large swells, perfect for floating. It was heaven. My belly was weightless and it just felt so terrific and invigorating and relaxing. The Tides resort didn’t allow children so it was just the ocean. I stayed in it all day. Jason said he had never met such a dolphin. Arthur and I were just totally relaxed and happy. Together.

What was the most difficult?
I found out I was pregnant at 6 weeks. I had to be admitted to the hospital for a severe kidney infection that had been paining me for a week. I took a pregnancy test before I decided to go there and discovered I was, indeed, pregnant. Jason and I rushed to the hospital where I stayed for a few days, medicated and unsure if the baby would be alright. I was on antibiotics the rest of my pregnancy and had complications with that and worries if that would be hard on the baby. But I had no choice. I had to make sure the kidney could remain infection free. But the truly most difficult part of pregnancy was at the very end. Because of some kidney complications, I switched from my beloved OBGYN to a new one with a brusque manner.

My due date was July 6 2011, but I had no signs of needing to give birth a couple weeks later. I felt fine. The midwife said I had to do a hospital delivery because I was so past my due date. Disappointing but fine. By July 22nd, the doctor was saying it was best to induce. I tried herbs and castor oil and anything to get labor going. Nothing. I felt I didn’t need to give birth yet. I had enough amniotic fluid, but when you get in the hospital system, you can get thrown. I was induced on July 23. 37 hours of full on labor without dilating. After 7 hours, this new doctor said I would have to do a C section. I kindly fired him at 2 am. Realized I was in a pickle, and called Dr. Crane, my trusty original doctor. He drove in from Palm springs, led me into a natural delivery. It took 37 hours until I finally accepted an epidural so I could sleep. It only took on half my body. I wound up having two more. But when I did dilate, pushing and giving birth were a breeze. It was nothing. I hadn’t slept in three days. Two of them in full labor and I was wrecked. Exhausted. And there I would stay for years. My advice is to get a good nights sleep and go in next day if you must be induced. Do not do at night. Lord. But Dr. Crane was a saint and Arthur arrived healthy and hungry.

I came across some of your pregnant bikini pictures and wow you looked fit! What was your work out routine? L.A must have way too many places and options, what was yours?
To stay in the best frame of my mind and fitness I practiced yoga at Golden Bridge three times a week at least and walked a few miles every day. Alicia Silverstone and I were pregnant at the same time and had a very supportive hike or two. They were very nurturing, to hike and share pregnancy worries and questions. We both planned home births.

I gained so much weight while pregnant cause I had to eat every half hour or I felt very faint, but I didn’t think much about it. I didn’t eat any gluten or sugar while pregnant. None. Except some fruit. I spent a lot of time in paradise cove swimming with friends and hiking Fryman canyon or just strolling. Everywhere.

You dressed from floaty dresses to skin tight leather pants during your term. you give at all into pregnancy dressing? What was your favorite thing to wear?
A strange thing happened when I was pregnant. Black clothing. I didn’t want to wear it very much. I felt so joyful and giggly almost. Good hormones. I wore things I wouldn’t be caught dead in now. Some silly dresses and such that only made sense with this big belly. I wore maternity jeans, white and blue, but that was kinda it for maternity. A few companies sent me some good things for the time but I did prefer leather leggings which stretch and go with anything. The Row was in my closet and i just stretched them and stretched them with the weeks of baby growing. Anything went . There was one pregnancy item I craved – and this is nutso – Celine wooden wedge sandals! I thought they would be ideal. A flat wedge and I could still have height. Summery and cool. Jason bought them for me as a gift. Bless him. We went to a doctor appointment and I couldn’t take three steps without toppling. Terrifying. I never wore them again. Platform wedge and pregnancy. Not for me. Not even now.

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