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Soap star and “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney opens up about morning sickness and her special pregnancy diet!
Alison Sweeney only has two months to go until the birth of her second child -- a daughter -- mid-January, but she is still juggling two jobs -- her hosting chores on "The Biggest Loser" and her part as Sami Brady on "Days of our Lives." Then, of course, she also fills the all-important roles of wife and mother. And, if all that isn't enough, Sweeney has added spokesperson for the new Generations Huggies campaign to her to-do list.
"It is Huggies 30th anniversary and, to honor that, they want to honor 30 real-life moms," Sweeney explains. "If you go to generationhuggies.com, you can register and send in a video of yourself on why you're a real mom and why real moms are every-day heroes."
Sweeney, whose son Ben will turn four on Feb. 25, did her own mommy video for the site, talking about why being a mom is tough and why she loves it. One of the reasons she says she leant her name to the campaign is that Huggies, which will give the 30 moms with the highest number of votes for their videos each $300, acknowledges how different parenting is today than for previous generations.
"One of the things I like about Huggies is they talk about how important it is to trust your instincts," she says. "It is not all about following a formula or believing in set stages, such as by this age, they should be able to do this. It is about trusting that you know what is good for your kid."
Sweeney trusted her own instincts when she decided to get pregnant in the middle of production on "The Biggest Loser." Her decision was based on the ease of her first pregnancy, but she quickly discovered that the second time around can be a completely different experience.
"[With Ben], I was nauseous for a little bit and it was really no big deal, and I went on and led my life," she recalls. "[This baby] is making it hard for me every step of the way. I get headaches and I had morning sickness all the time."
So much so that Sweeney says she basically lived on a Cheerios diet for the first four-and-a-half months, but she is doing well now. In fact, at the "Day of Days" event at Universal Studios on Nov. 1, the 32-year-old looked healthy and vibrant, which can be attributed to the fact that she has made it a point to stay in shape during her pregnancy.
"Obviously, there are new rules and guidelines that you follow," she explains her current exercise regimen. "First of all, you are not working out to lose weight, but to maintain your muscle tone and your fitness level. When you are pregnant, you don't want to spike your heart rate. You want to get your heart rate up to a certain level and then just keep it there and your blood pumping. I also do a lot of strength training to keep my muscles toned."
Sweeney is also doing her best to prepare Ben for the new arrival. She talks to her son a lot about his new sister and how he, as her big brother, will have to show her the ropes. So far the talks are going well, and she thinks that he is old enough to understand some of what will happen, but it remains to be seen when the newcomer actually arrives.
"He is already in school, so part of his day is already away from us," the "Days" star says. "He has already adjusted to that. He is not in diapers anymore, so I won't have to do double diaper duty. He can help. He takes his own plate to the sink when he is done eating. He walks everywhere. He doesn't need to be carried. There are a lot of things that I think are an advantage, not that there aren't disadvantages, too. You have got to make the best of what you've got."
And Sweeney plans to do just that by attempting to keep everyone's schedule as normal as possible -- and by not taking a lot of downtime herself.
"I am hoping not to be gone except for a week," Sweeney says of "The Biggest Loser" schedule, "but your birth plan is always subject to change. There are a lot of people who have an opinion about it."