Billie Piper Says Pregnancy Fascination is "Weird"

09/14/2008 at 11:00 AM ET
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Actress Billie Piper and her husband Laurence Fox never publicly announced that they were expecting their first child — and there was a reason for that. Billie believed her pregnancy "really has nothing to do with anyone" and that "people’s fascination with people being pregnant is kind of weird." She explains,

"It’s kind of nice when you’re in the early stages of comingto terms with the fact that you’re having a baby. I think that is niceto deal with that alone with your other half instead of making itpublic knowledge."

Now that her October due date is nearing, the former pop star has no problem talking about or showing off her growing body. "I’ve never wanted to dress up more and find ways to dress the stomach and my breasts because I’ve never had them before," the 25-year-old says.

Weight gain hasn’t been an issue for Billie — or if it has, she doesn’t know about it! Billie admits that "I don’t weigh myself ever" because she believes that "scales are the work of the devil." The numbers-free zone extends to her obgyn’s office, where she steps onto the scale at each appointment, but asks the nurses "not to tell" her what it says. Instead of obsessing over her weight, Billie prefers to not even think about it, saying, "I quite like the snacking in between meals and pastries have gone rightup in my estimation. Also, sitting on the sofa watching the TV and notfeeling guilty about it is quite nice."

Click ‘More’ to read about Billie’s plans for returning to work after the baby.

Of course, relaxing and not focusing on her body is a large change for Billie, who spends many months a year portraying high-class hooker Belle in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. When — at six months pregnant — she needed to film sceneswearing lingerie, Billie found that the show’s producers were able to "conceal it very cleverly." However,lingerie wasn’t the only challenge for her — the 12-hourdays also took their toll, as they were "taxing for me just on a physical level because I’m inpretty much every scene." Now that she is done filming the show, Billieisn’t quite sure how much time she will take off from her career aftergiving birth.

"I don’t really know at themoment, I’m just going to see what happens. Obviously I still want towork but I don’t know in what way and when. Making sure the baby ishealthy is probably my biggest priority now."

Source: BBC Newsbeat

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phoebe on

I love Billie, she’s so down to Earth, and her and hubby are so gorgeous I forsee a beautiful little one in a month’s time! Good luck Billie, and please keep us informed CBB!

christine c on

they will make great parents!!

Jean on

I did the same with my weight gain both pregnancies. Well the first was measured and not told to me, the second I refused to get on a scale at all. I was healthy and just didn’t care – it was necessary to grow those healthy boys I have now. I don’t get on a scale not-pregnant either.

Helen on

I’m completely with Billie on not weighing yourself (pregnant or not!) Being someone who’s also suffered with food issues/an eating disorder in the past (Billie discussed her struggle with them in her book), I find it’s better just to look at yourself and feel you look good rather than obsess over every pound!

SJ on

That is so refreshing of Billie. In the UK, she is well respected for keeping out of the public eye despite being on the biggest British television (Doctor Who) and now currently starring in the very racy Diary Of A Call Girl.

She is so grounded and so real.

Elyse on

I agree about the scale issue as well. I get obsessed with the numbers, so it is just easier to not step on it at all. She seems like a really great person, and I am sure she will be a great mom!

Juliane729 on

I think Billie is very down-to-Earth which is wonderful considering she grew up in the limelight due to her pop career. I read her autobiography and that just made me respect her and her work that much more. I’m also glad to see shes not worrying about weight gain and enjoying being pregnant.

I hope she and Laurence have a happy and healthy baby next month. Congrats Billie!

stephanie on

The second series just started airing, I love it! Though in one scene you can clearly see her bump😀

Dana on

I remember going into labor and being in the hospital with the nurse asking all the questions about my pregnancy. When she asked me how much weight I had gained, I said I didn’t know. She wanted to know if it was around a certain number, like 20, 30, 40 pounds. I told her I had no idea. She reacted like she had never encountered this before. I had to guess at how much I weighed before I got pregnant and then she made me get on the scale to weigh me. Found out that I had gained about 25 pounds. I think it is funny how obsessed with weight some people want everyone else to be.

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