Elaine Cassidy on Posing Pregnant: 'It's Kind of a Keepsake' For Baby

07/21/2009 at 12:30 PM ET
Courtesy Fit Pregnancy for use on CBB

A picture is worth a thousand words, but for Elaine Cassidy, a self-proclaimed “hopeless” photographer, her August cover of Fit Pregnancy is valued at so much more.

Currently expecting her first child with her husband Stephen Lord, the actress is grateful for the unique opportunity to document her experience.

“It felt really special because it’s not just me posing,” she tells the magazine.

“The baby and I did this together. It’s kind of a keepsake.”

From the sound of things, this pregnancy is worth remembering for all the right reasons!

Feeling “amazing” other than dealing with a bout of nausea after overindulging herself with pizza, the Harper’s Island star has even felt up to light exercise in the form of daily walks.

“It’s much easier [to go for a walk] in Los Angeles, where it’s less likely to rain,” says the Ireland native.

That said, the 29-year-old has not been completely immune to all the traditional pregnancy symptoms!

In addition to her sudden cravings for all things related to dairy and meat — and her sudden aversion to healthy food — Elaine has experienced a blast from the past. “I seem to want foods from my childhood: fresh orange juice — and it has to be fresh — eggs, cheese, yogurt. And Irish breakfast, including the black and white pudding part — that’s a kind of blood pudding,” she explains.

With the scent of a candle being “too intense right now,” Elaine notes her sense of smell has increased tenfold. “It’s weird: I can smell things I never smelled before,” she muses. “The other day I woke up and could smell my neighbor’s toast and laundry.”

Click below to read about Elaine’s delivery plans — California, Ireland or England? — and how Supernanny is helping her and Stephen prepare for parenthood!

As for Stephen, the actress is confident her husband will be a “great…fun dad.” That much, she says, is made quite evident by his eagerness to finally cradle his firstborn. “He really is excited; he wants it to happen tomorrow,” Elaine shares. In the meantime, as they await the big day, the couple brush up on their parenting techniques with a few lessons from none other than Supernanny Jo Frost!

“We’ve been watching Supernanny and we are well aware that simple things suddenly get very complicated.”

Set to welcome baby this fall, Elaine admits she has yet to finalize her delivery plans. As she weighs her options — Los Angeles, Ireland or England — the mama-to-be reveals the “unbelievable” services offered in the States may be the deciding factor. “I’ve heard the pros and cons about epidurals and gas, but since it’s my first time, I want to be flexible,” she explains. Fortunately, the choice of whether to breastfeed or not was a much easier one for the actress; If all goes according to plan, all systems are go!

“My midwife in England explained that right after the baby’s born they put him on your tummy and let him crawl up to get the milk — I mean, how can you deny that?”

Source: Fit Pregnancy; August issue

— Anya

FILED UNDER: Maternity , News

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danda_lion on

She was great on Harper’s Island. I read elsewhere that she was shooting some of those really physical running scenes in the final episodes while pregnant. That must have been tiring!

She looks lovely on the cover.

Michelle on

I cant believe Harper’s Island is over. That was a good show.🙂 I loved her on there. I have learned everything I know from my mom and Jo Frost.🙂 Supernanny is an amazing show and Jo Frost is an amazing person.

Rach on

I’ve never seen Harper’s Island (because my tv is always on treehouse lol)but Elaine was great in Fingersmith !

I feel sorry for the her since I was the same way with smell. Everything seemed to drive me nuts. We overhauled everything in my house and changed everything to unscented.LOL I remember one night my husband made pork and I stripped the house, washing bed linens, curtains everything just to get the smell out lol

Ashley on

Wow she looks more like 19 then 29! Sheesh! Go Girl! lol

burnice on

Totally trying that boobie crawl thing with my next!

Anna on

I❤ her!

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