America Ferrera Says She Was Anxious About Giving Birth During Coronavirus Pandemic

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America Ferrera is opening up about the anxiety she felt before giving birth to her second child, according to a report from Entertainment Tonight. While chatting with Katie Lowes on her podcast, the actress recalled what it was like preparing to welcome her newborn child during the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s the anxiety about the virus itself, which is like you don’t want to get sick, you don’t want your children to get sick, you don’t want your newborn baby to get sick,” Ferrera said, adding that she tried to stay away from the news because she simply didn’t have the capacity to handle the constant influx of information.

“For me, I could feel my heart rate, my anxiety and my blood pressure go up. And also not being able to close my eyes and go to sleep at night because I’m sitting there with all these news stories swirling in my head.”

Ferrera said she had to be disciplined about what she allowed into her space in order to prevent adding unnecessary stress during her pregnancy. Having already gone through the process of giving birth, Ferrera told Lowes that she initially thought she’d be prepared for Lucia’s arrival but quickly realized that things would be completely different this time around.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, on May 4, the Superstore actress welcomed a bouncing baby girl with husband Ryan Piers Williams. The couple named their new daughter Lucia Marisol Williams and shared the announcement of her birth through social media.

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????LUCIA MARISOL WILLIAMS ????arrived on May 4th to give me my Mother’s Day hugs and kisses herself. Mama, Dada & Big Brother are over the moon to welcome her bright light to our family. ???? Quarantine may have canceled her Baby Shower but it didn’t stop us from collecting and delivering essential supplies to #YesWeCanMobileSchools – spaces for moms and children at the border to learn, play, and stay safe through these hard times. Dear friends, if you’re considering sending Lucia a gift, please donate to @yeswecanwf in her name. Or make a donation today in honor of the Moms you love! Visit www.yeswecan.world for more info. Thank you @elsamariecollins @evalongoria & @thisisabouthumanity for organizing the baby shower and donations! And thank you to to all my friends and loved ones who donated gifts to support these beautiful families! Enjoy the video of your gifts reaching families! #WelcomeLucia #FamilyOfFour #MayTheFourth #MothersDay

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After giving birth to her first child, Sebastian, Ferrera said she found physical relief through acupuncture, but with so many businesses being shuttered at the moment, the actress said she has been having a bit of trouble getting back on her feet.

“I can’t walk right now, I can’t walk 20 minutes without being like, ‘This is painful and I have to sit down,'” she said.

She went on to say that she’s now learning to trust herself a lot more while holding on to the fact that she is fully capable of going through the process of healing and coming out stronger on the other side. The actress added that’s she just trying to stay grounded and put her “big girl pants on” because she knows she isn’t alone in this struggle.

Ferrera also added a note of encouragement to mothers as they create new life, and she urged women who are pregnant during this time to stay strong.