Emily Deschanel: ‘Creating a Child Blows My Mind’

09/19/2011 at 11:00 AM ET
Courtesy Fit Pregnancy

The journey to motherhood is one miracle that has left Emily Deschanel amazed throughout her entire pregnancy.

“I really like being pregnant. Not that there aren’t things I don’t love, but when I think about what my body is doing — creating a child — it just blows my mind,” the Bones star, 34, reveals in Fit Pregnancy‘s October issue.

“I’m in awe of the process and science. And seeing my belly move is pretty amazing: it’s like in the movie Alien.”

And while she’s loving the experience of carrying her child, Deschanel is just as excited to hold her baby, whom she and her husband, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s David Hornsby already know the sex of, but aren’t sharing.

“Besides meeting the baby of course, I look forward to that bond, the love that people say is stronger than you can imagine,” she says. “Also, I think getting to see everything fresh, through a child’s eyes, is a wonderful thing.”

Until the big day arrives, however, the actress is keeping busy staying fit with prenatal yoga — and by curbing her sweet cravings!

“Lemonade! I want it all the time. That and grapefruit. Those cravings I indulge,” she admits. “But I also crave chocolate all the time, and I try to ignore that.”

In the final stretch of her pregnancy, Deschanel has decided on her birth plan — which will include hypnobirthing and a doula — and already envisions her family’s future once baby arrives.

“I’m a total hippie, so we will co-sleep and breastfeed. My mom breastfed me for more than a year and I can’t imagine doing it any other way,” she explains. “It’s cheap and much better for the environment … I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but I’m determined, even if it’s hard at first.”

Also difficult, she admits, will be the balance of baby with her long hours on set, but Deschanel is already making arrangements to keep her child close.

“I’m lucky because I’ll have a nanny and I’ll also be able to bring the baby to work,” she shares. “Otherwise, I’d never see him or her.”

While baby-on-the-way may be her first, Deschanel is confident she can handle the hurdles. “It’s kind of ironic, because you do get so much advice, but someone told me, ‘Trust your instincts.’ I love that,” she muses.

— Anya Leon

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Ali on

She sounds really excited and cute about her upcoming arrival! So happy for her!!

Wish she would share the gender! I never understand why couples find out but won’t share. It always baffles me!

Jen on

Ali, I’m with you. There are enough surprises in this world. I for one didn’t want a bunch of green and yellow. It’s a boy or a girl, people don’t want to offend you and guess incorrectly.

Olivia on

I love this interview! Speaking as a “total hippy” who breastfeeds and co-sleeps, I’m sure she’ll love how much additional cuddle time that brings for a working mother.

Pamela on

Love her!! (and her sister!!)

Barbra on

Why do celebritites feel the need to tell us they know the sex of their baby, but will keep it a secret? It’s not a secret to them so why not share with the public if you are going to go do interviews & be photographed? I just don’t understand the mind set. Besides that. I love Emily and wish her and her husband all the best.

Mikaylah on

Love her! I am so excited for Bones to return, and am bummed that they have a shorter season due to her pregnancy, but so happy for her and her husband. I’m sure she will be a great mom!

Ann on

I understand why she would want to keep it out of the public. I think it might feel like a privacy issue for them. According to People, she’s due in the middle of October, but her sister said somewhere that she’s due at the end of September. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m personally hoping for a girl (she was given a tutu as a gift from a magazine shoot). Either way that baby is going to have stunning eyes.

Alanna on

I completely understand why celebrities want to keep the sex of their baby private – it’s their right, and it’s their child. They don’t have to tell us anything. She doesn’t owe us anything, especially something like this.

I love Emily (and her show!) and wish her and her husband all the best!

Ali on

I was actually more so inquiring about couples in general. Not just celebrities. I have a couple friends who welcomed children in the last couple years and they found out the gender but wouldn’t tell anyone. Not even their parents! They, as a couple, knew the sex but they wanted it to be a surprise for everyone else…which I actually don’t understand.

If you know, you should just let everyone else know. It makes it easier. And if YOU couldn’t wait for the surprise of knowing the babies gender why should your family have to while you know? It’s a bit strange to me. In fact, one of my best friends just had a baby and she and her husband did this and I got on her case about it the entire time! I had to try and pry it out of her. 😉

Ratty on

David Boreanaz said yesterday at the Emmys that she’s due in two weeks. I, for one, can’t wait for the Bones/Booth baby, but then I’m evidentially stuck in fantasy land.

KC on

I’m with you, Ratty! I’ve been waiting for this Bones/Booth baby for years!! LOL

Ann on

2 weeks! That’s really exciting. I’m equally excited for the Bones/Booth baby as I am for the Deschanel/Hornsby baby. It’s just a wait and see game for both.

Claude on

We don’t know, they might have told their close family and friends, but just don’t want to share with the world, and maybe even after their child is born. Emily is a very private person, and I think her husband too. They don’t have to share anything of their private life, and I respect that.

Anyways, I love this article, and Emily looks beautiful.

Tove on

“Why should your family have to wait when you know?” Ali, your comment is ridiculous. It’s a couple’s prerogative to keep the gender of their baby a secret right up until delivery.

I understand why people find out the gender, to help with bonding, planning etc., but want maximum surprise for their family and friends at delivery. That’s what I did (but we didn’t tell anyone that we knew so that we wouldn’t be harassed by people like you)

If the couple doesn’t mind yellow and green hues then why should you???

raheem vegan winter on

Love her! I also hope if it is a boy she will keep him intact.. Go vegan sister!

Jillian on

Because they want to know and don’t want anyone else in their business. It’s their moment as a couple to know an celebrate with what they will be having. What I don’t get is why anyone else “needs” to know and cant wait?!? I am newly pregnant again and would be overly annoyed if I found out and anyone continually bothered me trying to get it out of me. It’s not about them, but about the upcoming birth of our child…… But some people are rude!

In regards to Emily, I can only wish for a healthy pregnancy. I won’t wish for a girl or a boy. Sorta silly, since I have no clue what she wants! Nothing wrong with not keeping boys intact!

One thing I do find interesting is her immediate talk of returning to walk, long hours and a nanny……..and no one says boo. I guess because people like her. Hmmm….. I personally don’t care who works and when, but the double standards are ridiculous!

Ann on

According to twitter, Emily gave birth today! Yay for a fall baby. No word on sex/name.

SherriP on

I have twins, and I think it’s silly to only find out for you and your hubby and not tell anyone else either. I wanted to share my excitement about our baby boys, all our friends were going to be involved with my kids, why shouldn’t they know and be excited with me.

As to all those who say they want a suprise, I just don’t get it, it’s still a suprise, just one that lends to a little planning and extra excitement.

Lastly, as to the co-sleeping, I can only think that would drive me insane, always worrying about rolling over, waking up to every little squeak- and this is from someone that sleeps with the tv on. My boys were in my room for about 4-5 days before I couldn’t handle the extra lack of sleep in addition to the regular lack due to nursing. Good Luck!

molly.one on

Congratulations to her! It sounds like she has so much excitement but also calm about the baby arriving!

I don’t say B.F. is for everyone and that is fine but I have to say, after struggling a lot to breastfeed when my son arrived early as a premie I was so determined to not give up and having a great support system really helped; it was the best payoff to make it happen. I didn’t want to quit even when my son was 15mo. old and wanted to, but it was the best experience I could have had.

Lorna on

Taking her kid on set? Has she considered that other people have the right to go to work without having to deal with other people’s children? If you wanted to work with children around you would choose to be a paediatrician, a nanny, work in a kid’s shop etc!

Claude on


That’s a harsh comment. You should know that the shooting of her show is on break now, because Emily Deschanel wanted some time after the baby is born. So she did not mean she wanted to go back to work immediately, she was talking about when the time has come for her to go back to work. Which won’t probably be before January. Which means she will have about 3 months at home with her baby.

And then in order to be able to see her son when back to work more than just when he is asleep at night, she wishes to bring him at work, so she can see him when she has a break, and also to be able to breastfeed him. And since the baby can’t stay all alone in the trailer, she will have a nanny. Where is the problem? So this is quite different from what you are insinuating… It’s not because just because people like her and have double standard.


Very harsh comment too. Why would not she have the right to bring her baby to the set? She has a personal trailer there! It’s not as if the baby will be right there on the shooting area! She is one of the 2 stars of her show, so yes, she works very long hours -like 15 hour days-, 5 days sometimes 6 days a week. So that means that she would hardly see her son during the week. Having a nanny to watch over her baby in the trailer while she is shooting is a very good idea.

Dianna Mincin on

Hurrah! I am ecstatic to hear your birth plans. As a nurse, doula and CBE, I applaud your courage to stand strong for your values in this more than controversial arena. There is a whole Facebook page out there, I’m sure you know, supporting you having a homebirth on your show. I think that would be incredibly awesome. But, I think portraying a natural, unmedicated, doula-supported, hypnobirth IN THE HOSPITAL would be even more powerful. It would set an example for the 99% of women in this country that choose hospital births, letting them know that they don’t have to have a home birth to have a “natural,” unmedicated birth.

Dianna Mincin on

As a nurse, doula and childbirth educator, I am so thrilled with the strong stand for natural birth and parenting Emily is sharing with the world. Hurrah for her! There is a facebook page dedicated to Bones having a home birth. That would be awesome, but I think showoing Bones having a natural, unmedicated, doula-supported, hynobirth in the hospital and nursing postpartum would be even a more powerful statement. Since 99% of women choose to birth in the hospital in this country, it would be so helpful to show that a natural birth does not have to mean a home birth. There are so many options and ways to have the birth you want no matter what setting you choose. As to the comments about disclosing the sex of the baby, my guess is that they do not want to be inundated by the crazy masses that might send this or that gender item or comment. And, as to co-sleeping 90% of the world co-sleeps. Only Westerners (European and N. America) don’t. 100 years ago, that was the norm even in this country. So was homebirthing and so was breastfeeding. There is much research supporting co-sleeping and that moms actually get more sleep. The wonderful hormones that flow between mama and baby when they co-sleep and breastfeed keep you attuned during sleep and when awake in no other way imaginable. It gives you a sixth sense about your child that is incomparable.

Kim The Doula on

So excited for Ms. Deschanel. I, as a doula and hypnobirth practitioner, hope her hypnobirthing goes well and that with the support of her doula and her partner she has the birth she wants. One where she is empowered and strengthened by the experience.

P.S. Not all births have to be unmedicated to be amazing and beautiful.