Leigh-Allyn Baker Reveals Her Morning Sickness Cure

05/09/2012 at 05:00 PM ET
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It’s not easy being green.

Actress Leigh-Allyn Baker, who stars as harried mom Amy Duncan on Disney’s hit family sitcom Good Luck Charlie, battled morning sickness throughout filming during her first trimester. Fortunately, she found some much-needed relief.

“All the prop people could see that I was turning green and they would rush in with peppermint tea,” says Baker, 40, who is expecting her second child with husband Keith Kauffman. (Big brother-to-be Griffin is 3.)

“I have to say, peppermint tea was a miracle for me. Make it hot and ice it with honey and it really has a medicinal effect.”

During her first pregnancy, “it was non-stop nausea for six months,” says the actress. “Most people talk about, ‘I was nauseous for 14 weeks, then it went away.’ With this baby, I realized, ‘Oh, this is why people can so easily decide to have a second baby!’ Six months was brutal.”

Now at the half-way point in her pregnancy, Baker — whose character on GLC, which just kicked off its third season, is also pregnant — has made it through her queasy phase and no longer needs the tea. But she has a new must-have indulgence on set.

“I would say that my one downfall is watermelon Jolly Ranchers,” she confesses. “If I go to the set on time and do my lines, I find little hidden treats of Jolly Rancher watermelon candies. Almost like treats for when a dog does well!”

For more on Baker’s pregnancy, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Michelle Tauber


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Sarah S. on

Love that show; I watch it with my kids. I was trying to figure out during last Sunday’s 3rd season opener, if she was pregnant in real life. She seemed to have so much energy (and in her usual clogs) so it was a stumper. Glad to hear she really is preggers!

klutzy_girl on

I remember that after the Good Luck Charlie Christmas special aired, she denied she was pregnant – Seems like she wasn’t at that point, but got pregnant right after!

Congratulations to them. Love GLC and can’t wait for this season. (Haven’t seen the first two episodes of season three yet.)

Elisabeth on

So excited. My mothers day gift from my 3 kids is being quiet this Friday night. Season 3 starts here in Canada. So excited. LOL I like this show more than my children.

Missy on

Love her! I think I’m more excited about season three of Good Luck Charlie starting (doesn’t start till friday in Canada) than my daughter is.

Brooke on

LOVE this show and I love her! She is hilarious. Congrats to her and her husband.

K on

Love her! She was hilarious in Will & Grace!

Pippi on

Glad it’s not just me. My brother watches that show and I always get more drawn into it than he does!!

Congrats to the whole family!

christa on

Peppermint tea, is my cure for everything, since childhood. I don’t know if it is the believe that it helped as a kid, when my mom gave it to me, but it still does. Bad stomachs, fever, nausea, it works for me.

Sarah S. on

I have to agree with christa–we keep peppermint tea in house always for same reasons! btw forgot to say in earlier post, Leigh-Allyn always cracks me up when her character does the dancer/tv personality/singer “persona”–it’s so hilarious and over-the-top!

Macro Man Jr. on

It’s funny, too, because in several episodes, both Amy and Bob are like, “No, no more kids!” and now, well, good luck, Charlie! 🙂

Tonya on

My husband and I agree on one show and “Good luck Charlie” is the winner. I love this show and now I know for sure she really is pregnant….been wondering for a few days. CONGRATULATIONS…Leigh-Allyn Baker:)

Kaitlin on

I’m so excited that she is actually pregnant! When is her due date?