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Summing up the thoughts of many, Alicia Minshew doesn’t mince words when asked by Pregnancy magazine to describe the less than glamorous first trimester.
“In the beginning when I was more bloated with the fluctuation of hormones and all the bread I was eating when I wasn’t nauseated,” she explains, “I just wanted to vomit and sleep.”
Due to deliver a daughter in November, Alicia says she’s known for quite some time that a baby was on the way.
“This is going to sound crazy, but I knew when I conceived,” she explains. “I’m one of those odd people who’s so in tune with my body.”
“I remember having sort of a cramping feeling. I guess they call it the implantation, when the egg is actually implanting. And I remember feeling that and going, I think I’m pregnant.”
A few days later, Alicia got all the proof she needed with a home pregnancy test.
“Of course I sort of smiled and jumped up and down quietly n my bathroom, and then I proceeded to wake my husband up by shoving the stick in his face,” Alicia recalls. “He was like, ‘What is that? Is that yours?’”
After waking up fully, Richie Herschenfeld and Alicia “just started to laugh and hug and kiss,” she shares. “It was such a fun, great morning, the two of us in bed.”
“He said, ‘Well, that’s the best way I’ve ever woken up.’”
Click below to read about whether Alicia fears a real-life baby swap.
Hopeful that her baby girl will inherit mom’s sense of humor, Alicia says there are other aspects of her personality she would not like to see repeated! “I’m sort of regimented and I’m not as spontaneous as I would like to be,” she admits. “I don’t want to say that I’m neurotic, but I definitely could have a slight neurosis about me. I would like for her to be able to just let go more.”
At no time was that “slight neurosis” more apparent than when Alicia took a tour of the hospital she will ultimately deliver at. The All My Children star — who took part in the legendary soap opera’s “baby swap” storyline — was forced to consider the unthinkable, and unlikely, scenario happening in real life.
“I turned to my husband and said ‘Oh my God, what if they give us the wrong baby?’ And then my fear set in of what has happened on every soap opera with baby swap. I’m going to have to have my husband and my mom keeping an eye on that baby 24/7. I’m going to have to draw a little circle on her foot or something.”
For now, Alicia has her daughter all too herself — something she enjoys very much. Calling fetal movement the best thing about being pregnant, Alicia adds,
“The movement of the baby is the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.”
Source: Pregnancy, November issue