In fact, Rachael has more in common with her classic character, Laney Boggs, than you might think—the pregnant star is having her own fish-out-of-water moment now that she's a mom-to-be. She's admittedly clueless about all of the changes her body is going through, but she can rest assured that everything she's experiencing is totally normal for a pregnant woman (well, almost everything).
The actress—who is married to The Vampire Diaries' Daniel Gillies (aka Elijah)—told People's celebrity blogger, and her The Babysitter's Club co-star Marla Sokoloff, that now that she has a baby on board, she's been known to spontaneously cry to sad songs and news items (we've all been there) and is going into a serious nesting mode, recently cleaning out her garage and basement. She must be feeling oxytocin, the feel-good love drug, kicking in too, because she said: "I know (from reading too much online) that my husband is supposed to be getting on my nerves because of the hormones, but I have never loved him more." Aww! But her most interesting pregnancy side effect (which I've never actually heard of): "Everybody—who I know to be normal sized—now looks positively emaciated to me," she said.
I like her way of thinking: She's not getting bigger; everyone else is getting smaller! Though Rachael knows she has obviously put on weight—after all she's due this fall—she stopped counting just how much. "After I gained 30 pounds I stopped checking and started stepping on the scale backwards at my appointments," she said. "I just don't care how much I gain at this stage as long as I know that the little stowaway is okay." (Stowaway? Can she get any cuter? I think not!)
Though Rachael wants to give her little guy or girl the best (btw, her family and close friends know which she's having, but she's otherwise keeping it a secret), she's not sure if she buys into all of the prep work pregnant women get pressured into. "Do I really need to go on a hospital tour?" she pondered. "I've heard it's not really necessary. Ditto birthing class. I am more of the, 'Just give me the drugs and let's do this' school." You gotta love this girl!
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