Jeri Ryan talks pregnancy and embarassing teenagers in Plum magazine

01/18/2008 at 07:14 PM ET

Jeriryan_0638_cbbActress Jeri Ryan, 39, has a varied resume — she’s currently on Shark, and previously enjoyed roles on Boston Legal, The O.C., Boston Public, and Star Trek: Voyager — but with the writer’s strike in full swing, she’s now focusing on her honeymoon baby — a girl, due to arrive in early March, joining son Alex, 13. Jeri talked to Plum, a magazine for moms-to-be 35+, about the pregnancy and posed for a photoshoot.

Click below for the photo and interview highlights.



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(Jeri is wearing Gap’s seamless tank in white ($20) and J Brand’s ‘Mama J’ maternity jeans in indigo ($210).)

On her first pregnancy, with son Alex, now 13:

When I was 26 and pregnant with Alex, I had these horrible one-piece jumpsuit things with buttons up the front. It was definitely not pretty!

I was actually on the pill when I got pregnant the first time. I didn’t think I wanted to be a mom at all, I was just terrified. I had migraines every day and horrible back pain. I didn’t have one millisecond where I was the glowing happy pregnant woman. Not for a millisecond.

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On her second marriage to chef Christophe Emé, and their honeymoon:

Last June, we got married in France. Then we took a ‘familymoon’ to Paris with my parents and Alex, then just the two of us went to Italy. My plan was to come back pregnant.

I think we were back a day and a half when I took a pregnancy test. I watched a blue minus line appear in the control window, then another in the test window. I almost cried because I thought, ‘Well, I’m not.’ A minute later, a much darker vertical line appeared. It took a minute for it to register and then I just started sobbing.

I couldn’t even talk to Christophe. He just kind of looked at me and his eyes got really big. I was trying to explain to him how unusual it is at 39 to get pregnant the first time you try. We have so many friends going through fertility treatments and having such a hard time. His response was, ‘Well, I’m French.’

It was exactly what we hoped for. I mean, how often does that happen?

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(Jeri is wearing Isabella Oliver’s cashmere sweater tunic in charcoal ($99).)

On how Alex took the news:

He has been asking for a brother or sister for years. But I wasn’t thinking of how big of a big brother Alex would be at this point. I was thinking more about the fact that this was a new marriage and not wanting him to feel left out.

But the age difference hit home when I told him I was pregnant. His immediate reaction was, ‘You mean you’re having sex already?!’ Then I remembered that when I was 13, my best friend’s mom got pregnant and we were mortified.

How he’s doing now:

He’s been so cute. When he first felt her move, he said, ‘She’s saying ‘hi’ to me.’

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(Jeri is wearing Isabella Oliver’s wrap column dress in caviar black ($212).)

What she’s doing differently in her second pregnancy:

I don’t have any migraines or backaches this time. I wear tight-fitting tops instead of jumpsuits. I’ve been doing Pilates, and I like to relax in my vegetable garden.

You know the single coolest thing I just grew? Peanuts!…It’s so cool — the plant grows a blossom. When it dies, it bends over and digs into the soil and that becomes the peanut. I’ve just been out there giggling to myself like an idiot and digging through the dirt.

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(Jeri wears Tony Cohen‘s knit tunic with pockets.)

Taking it slower this time around:

With age and maturity I know how fast it all goes now. And I didn’t know that with  Alex. I feel like I missed so much working so much when he was young. He shouldn’t be 13 yet. He was just in kindergarten!

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Source: Plum, Winter 2008, p. 162-169

Photo by Naomi Kaltman.

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tink1217 on

she looks amazing!! And I LOVE her attitude so much!

Lisa on

I don’t know of her but she looks wonderful and as a Mother of a 3 month old with 2 older boys aged 14 and 11 years old, I understand the age gap thingy and how special it is to get a gift at 35 years of age.

ZaraB on

Wow – she looks stunning!! What a gorgeous belly!

I’m freaking out about being 34 and not pregnant, so it’s heartening to hear stories like this – though of course, she’s been pretty lucky, as she points out!

Ilona on

She’s always had beautiful features but WOW she looks positively radiant and so incredibly gorgeous right now… also she seems very down to earth and balanced. What a blessing for them!

Lilybett on

I was 15 and 18 and my brother was 12 and 15 when our little brothers were born and he coped really well. They absolutely adore him and he’s the rough and tumble guy who wrestles with them, writes songs for them and is generally the ‘fun’ sibling. I get to be the ‘I hate Mum and Dad’ sibling, good for sleepovers and grown-up nights out for the parents. They also love my husband who seems to have become just another brother.

momof3 on

I had my third just three weeks shy of turning 40. Our daughter was in 8th grade and our son was in 5th grade. They were never embarrassed, but it did take a few weeks before they believed my husband and I about the baby on the way. They have been terrific older siblings and have a special bond now with their little brother that can only come from being so much older (he’s 4 and they are now 16 and 13). And he is such a wise, bright little guy from having older siblings. Not to mention all the cool things he gets to do–he’s so into sports because he’s been watching all their activities from day one. He’s the little mascot at the high school games now. Too funny. He is in preschool this year for the first time and it did take a little bit for him to warm up to kids his age. He really seems to think he is as old as his siblings sometimes. He can be more mature and serious in some ways than kids his own age

SJU on

Wow, she looks good.

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