It’s a rare overcast, drizzly day in Los Angeles, but at her Fit Pregnancy photo shoot in a house on a winding street near the Hollywood Hills, Sarah Drew is pure sunshine. This could be because the Grey’s Anatomy star is bursting with joy over her ever-expanding belly. But you get the impression she’s never hard to be around: Due with her second in December, Drew seems like the friend you text when your baby spits up on the new couch, and the one who brings over wine when said baby has finally gone down. Drew, 33, charms the crew with her low-maintenance M.O., waving away the hairstylist’s request for direction with, “Just make me look better than how I came in.” She cracks up the team with tales of her toughest mommy moments (most recently, the epic meltdown her 2-year-old son, Micah, had at a museum), her incessant cravings and Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes’ clairvoyance: “She wrote the pregnancy into the show before I was even pregnant. Shonda knows everything!” In fact, once the shoot has wrapped, the clouds have disappeared—for Drew, it’s nothing but blue skies.
FIT PREGNANCY: You’re halfway there! How are you feeling these days?
SARAH DREW: I’m feeling great. I am in the happy place. I was sick at exactly the same time as my first pregnancy: from 6 weeks to 16weeks. I’m at 19 weeks now. So, I’ve been out of the woods for a couple weeks and feeling much better.
FP: So, compared to your first pregnancy, it’s very similar?
SD: My morning sickness felt a lot worse this time around. I was nauseous for 10 weeksstraight. It didn’t even let up, whereas the first time around, it just came in bouts.
FP: That’s the worst. I remember with my first, I’d walk into this deli by my house, catch the scent of something and have to run out so I didn’t vomit.
SD: I still get nauseous if I’m hungry. I’m like an infant right now. I have to eat every two hours or I get crabby.
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