Although some things are uncertain, one thing is for sure: Motherhood has improved Kerry Washington’s life. The actress tells PEOPLE that becoming a parent has made her a better person.
“It’s just made my life better in every way,” says the star.
The actress also shares one of her saving grace’s of expectancy, which was Dr. Michelle Hakakha’s book, Expecting 411. “This book was by my bedside the whole time I was pregnant,” explains Washington. “It’s as if your very best girlfriend was a brilliant OB and wrote a book for you.”
Although she keeps much of her personal life private, Kerry has revealed her goal of being a parent who passes down healthly habits to her child. “I’ve always been a person who really approaches health in a proactive way,” said the ‘Scandal’ star during one interview. “I work out, I eat right, so those are things I continued to do once my doctor said I could, but not to be crazy about it. I’m breastfeeding, so I can’t starve myself. It’s important for me to be a good mom and a good actor, and be responsible to myself and my family.”
Kerry and husband Nnamdi Asomugha have one daughter named Isabella together. The little one will celebrate her first birthday in May.
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