Jennifer Love Hewitt: I Always Wanted to Be a Mom

09/21/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Jennifer Love Hewitt Says Being Pregnant Is a Joy

Jennifer Love Hewitt is one happy mom-to-be!

“I’m loving [being pregnant]! It’s really been a joy,” she told PEOPLE at Susan’s Magic Makers benefiting Camp Kesem in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday. “I have no complaints. I mean, tired feet and all the stuff you hear about, but nobody needs to hear about that.”

Hewitt — whose engagement to her Client List costar Brian Hallisay was confirmed by PEOPLE on June 5, the day after her pregnancy was announced — attended the event in support of children affected by a parent’s cancer.

“I lost my mom a little less than a year and a half ago to cancer. Obviously, I got very lucky that even though I lost my mother, I lost her later in life, but it’s still had a profound effect on me,” the actress, 34, tells PEOPLE.

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.”

Due in December, Hewitt still manages to work out five or six times a week, though her routine has switched to more swimming than weights.

“It’s making me feel good,” she said about her continued exercise regime. “I’ve been reading all these interesting stats about kids with pregnant moms who work out have all these great benefits, so I’m happy about that.”

She’s also embracing her body’s changes.

“I’ve been under scrutiny for 24 years of my life, so it’s been interesting to see how, when you really embrace what it’s about, it’s okay,” Hewitt said. “You just go with it, and it’s great.”

Though Hewitt and Hallisay have started shopping for their baby, she said they have yet to set anything up yet — or begin planning a wedding.

“[Being pregnant] is a lot to handle at the moment. Getting out of bed without making a weird, old lady noise is about all I can take right now,” she jokes.

— Wade Rouse with reporting by Gabrielle Olya

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Seanmom on

It’s got to be a girl….wowzers

Brandi on

Okay…what makes you say that? She really hasn’t talked about any specific issues other than achy feet, so are you trying to use some wives’ tale to predict the sex of her baby based on the way she’s carrying or her weight gain (neither of which are really visible)? Just wondering…your comment was kind of random.

ava on

So happy for you, Love. Your mom would be so proud of you. Best wishes to you and your family 🙂

danielle on

I’m happy 4 u Jen, good luck with your new bundle of joy.

danielle on

I’m happy 4 u Jen, good luck on your new bundle of joy.

Ashley on

I absolutely love her. She is gorgeous no matter what and will be the best mother ever.

guest on

good for her, she’s pregnant not deadly ill, no reason to not work out. I don’t understand the women who drop on the sofa the moment they realize they are pregnant and start stuffing themselves because they “have to eat for two”

four is my favorite # on

& I’ve never understood why people like you care how anyone spends their pregnancy.

Congrats JLH!

Observer on

She looks so sweet in this picture. Great attitude about her pregnancy. Hope it’s a easy pregnancy. Congrats….

kim on

love her. she is so down to earth and seems very sweet and humble. glad her dreams are finally coming true =)

Amy on

When she is in a movie or on tv I think she wears fake teeth and fake eyelashes, and fake hair. I still l love her though. I hope she has a wonderful baby!

Shannon on

Jennalways been one of my most favorite actress I’ve loved anything she’s been in. I am soooo happy for her and her little family to be. Very exciting!! She so beautiful inside and out….that baby is very fortunate to have her as it’s Mommy! Best wishes to them all!!

labiz12 on

good for her

stephanie c on

Congratulations and enjoy these moments.

Sky on

I love her positive attitude, to say no one needs to hear about her aching feet, I love it! 🙂 she sounds ready to be a great mom!

Anonymous on

four is my favorite #- Exactly! I also don’t understand why people like guest automatically assume that a woman who takes it easy during pregnancy is doing so because she’s lazy! Some women HAVE to take it easy to avoid losing their baby (or at the very least minimize their chances of doing so).

M on

Congrats Jennifer, I’m sorry about your mom