Check out the following highlights from Garcelle Beauvais’ interview with Jet magazine.The accomplished actress talks about life as a single-mom before she married the father of her twins Michael Nilon,how she and her husband struggled with getting pregnant,on having emergency c-section with her twins, and on her post-baby body and so much more.
On being a single mom with her first son Oliver:
I was married to Oliver’s father for six years. I was a single mom for awhile [after the divorce]. I didn’t think I wanted [more] kids. God blessed me with such a great kid. So when I met Mike and we fell in love and got married, I thought, “I could do this again.” But by then the clock is ticking.
On trying to get pregnant:
We tried for a year, then started in-vitro fertilization. We definitely went through a long journey to have these babies. The roller-coaster ride is mentally draining. You think you’re pregnant and you’re not. Then we had a few miscarriages. It’s draining and as a couple, you’re dealing with a lot.
On her pregnancy and the birth:
Towards the end, I was really uncomfortable. I couldn’t sleep in any position and started getting a lot of swelling. My legs got huge. They weren’t used to the weight and getting numb. My blood pressure was really high and I kept on getting a lot of headaches. Then I kept going to the hospital for observation and tests.
The boys were born by emergency c-section at 34 weeks after Garcelle showed signs of preeclampsia. I didn’t want a c-section, but that’s what they do. It’s less risk on the second child.
On her Post-baby body:
I always maintained my body because of my work. I don’t think it was hard. I haven’t worked out. I took a couple of dance lessons, I was in good shape prior to getting pregnant because I did the ‘Playboy’ layout. I didn’t eat everything in sight. I was more baby in terms of stomach. I need to work out in terms of firming and tightening up. Part of it is the genes I was born with. I’m really surprised.
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