Mythbusters' Kari Byron Says She Stays Safe on Set For Baby's Sake

06/08/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
Discovery Communications

There is nothing ordinary about Kari Byron‘s day job, so when it comes to her pregnancy, the unusual is often expected! A co-host of Mythbusters, Kari has seen it all, but when she discovered she was expecting her first child, the demands of the show and the strains it could possibly take on her unborn child have quickly become her first priority. “I have weird little worries like how loud does a gunshot have to be for the baby to hear it,” she laughs in an interview with Pregnancy magazine.

“I now know that I have to be 5,000 feet from an exploding bomb instead of 2,000 feet!”

Thrilled to be starting a family with her husband Paul Urich, the expectant mama jokes that her partner may be too excited! “He’s been doing more nesting than I have,” she says. Unfortunately, the added support from Paul left Kari missing out on the essential baby gear shopping spre0e — he beat her to it! “I came home the other day and he had already bought the crib, a stroller, some swaddling blankets, a little baby hat, a vibrating seat … I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m supposed to be doing all that!'” she notes.

That said, Kari has been experiencing a few nesting pangs of her own. Undertaking the great task of “cleaning parts of my house that have never been cleaned before,” mama-to-be found herself crouched under her kitchen sink scrubbing all “the weird gooey-ness” away. “It has to be spotlessly clean, although I’m hoping the baby won’t be spending too much time under the sink!” she kids.

One area where the 34-year-old has no qualms about her husband stepping up to the plate is dinner time. After experiencing some unusual cravings including beef stew, Kari, who prior to the pregnancy was a strict vegetarian, called in Paul to slice up the meat and dish out the servings. “My husband had to cut the meat up — that part was too gross for me! — and he prepared it,” she says.

“I guess the little baby wanted to taste beef! Not even a gateway meat like chicken!”

Amazed by the idea that she is “on the verge of such a life-changing event,” Kari, although “blissed-out happy,” finds herself sneaking in a bit of downtime whenever — and wherever! — she gets the chance. “When I get really tired I make a little bed for myself under my desk with a sleeping bag and blankets,” she shares. “When they can’t find me, they know to look under my desk!”

Source: Pregnancy 360

— Anya

FILED UNDER: Maternity , News

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Julia on

lol, I LOVE her on Mythbusters, I think she’ll be an AMAZING mom🙂

kai on

She’s cute on the show, I like her!

Just wondering, is it common for vegetarians to crave meat during pregnancy? That must be WEIRD.

iluvallbabies on

Eewwwwww- I dont eat red meat and it would take more than cravings to get me back on it! I do it for ethical reasons though, so this must not be the reason for Kari.

kim on

I was just thinking of Kari over the weekend. I was disappointed we had not seen much on her pregnancy. I love Mythbusters, and have been waiting to hear any thing about her. Thanks CBB

Michelle on

I had a little bed under my desk at work, too, towards the end of my pregnancy!

MomE on

I craved meat like crazy at the start of my pregnancy. I’m eat meat anyway, though. At one point I had cravings so bad I wanted to eat a VERY rare steak (but didn’t). I can’t stand rare meat!!

Sarah M. on

The bed under the desk reminds me of a kid. When they’re tired, they’re tired. And they can fall asleep ANYWHERE. But, ya’ gotta do what ya’ gotta do!

MZ on

kai, one of my girlfriends is a vegetarian and she craved meat during her pregnancy, so i don’t think it’s terribly uncommon.

another friend saw kari in person and got pictures of her belly. cute!

isabella on

about the meat thing, lol it reminded me of the episode of friends when phoebe was pregnant with the triplets and she wanted baloney sandwiches.

jody on

I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian, and I was worried about meat cravings during my pregnancy too, but I never had one. However, my aunt was vegetarian until she became pregnant with her first child. Now she eats meat, but not beef. Both of us became vegetarian because we don’t like the taste of meat.

samantha wearne on

Im a big fan of Mythbusters and have recently become a mum myself. Its great that Kari has become a mum. Her kid is going to love having such a fun insane, but safe mum. And im sure as well as Daddy who will no doubt be the most loving daddy in the world, that she will as well have a whole extra family in Mythbusters. Heres hoping that Kari and Paul will bring more little ones into the world.

Keep busting them Myths Kari your little girl is going to love watching back all of the episodes of mythbusters when she gets older.

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