Katherine's Anatomy

Mother of three talks to HL about her movies, pregnancy, adoption, health tips and more

Katherine Heigl. Healthy Living Magazine

Katherine Heigl. Healthy Living Magazine

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The role for which she is most known as Dr.Isobel “Izzie” Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy” from ABC, starting in 2005, never prepared Katherine Heigl for 2016 with the birth of her son, Josh. Being 2x named among FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” since 2007 and feeling she risked her reputation for physical beauty made her self-conscious, leading to extreme camera lens aversion, as she weighed in 45 pounds over normal.

But when it was all over Heigl just a few weeks later her excitement over everything in life was epic. She already looked forward to her role as the complicated and dynamic defense attorney Sadie Ellis on the legal series “Doubt,” which premieres on CBS and shared her plans to get her award winning body back in shape for the lens that adores her

HealthyLiving: How did your daughters react when they found out it was going to be a boy?

Katherine Heigl: The youngest was not thrilled. She wanted a baby sister, but Naleigh was pretty excited about a boy. And now they’re just such girls who love love having a baby around. They love to hold him and feed him and tell me that I’m not changing him properly. They’re very much little mommies.

HealthyLiving: How did you manage work during pregnancy? And what helped you while you were filming?

Katherine Heigl: It was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to. There were difficult days, but it was doable until two weeks before he was born—that’s when it started to become difficult. I was just fatigued and my feet were the size of cantaloupes. My body was not at its regular weight, so it was hard to be on camera, vanity-wise. I had some pride, and that made it difficult towards the end; the fatigue, my feet hurt and my back hurt. The producers got me this amazingly ginormous reclining chair that I could sit on between setups, and I had to ask for an apple box to put my feet up on. I am joking that I’m going to be pregnant all next season too, so I can keep that chair. It was so comfortable.

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I had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions probably starting around 19 weeks. And my doctor had said, “That’s just from the hours you’re keeping and being on your feet so much.” If I had days off or mornings off, I would sleep in if I could and allow myself to.

Katherine Heigl. Healthy Living Magazine

Katherine Heigl. Healthy Living Magazine

HealthyLiving: Being a busy mom of three, do you have a lot of help at home and with your children?

Katherine Heigl: Yes. When I’m working, I have to—there’s just no other way. My husband and I have worked out one of us being around when the other one isn’t. It’s not always possible to do that, but this particular time, it was. And Josh is an incredible dad, and stunning husband, and I’m really grateful because he really stepped up in those five months while I was on set. It’s hard to let go of control of my family when Im at work. I don’t like saying I’m a control freak because I’m making it sound like it’s a bad thing. I think that structure, discipline and routine are important things in my family and for my children. When they know what to expect, they’re happier and they’re more content. And everybody is happier. When I have to step away from managing the routine, a nanny or a babysitter steps in and does it their way. It’s hard to let go. And Josh was just so wonderful about being a present parent and being there for any questions or concerns or making sure that routine stayed the way we’ve set it up and made sure the girls were following the structure that we’ve put in place. But when that’s not possible, we have to rely on people to help us. But right now we don’t have any help. I have a cleaning lady who comes once a week. We decided not to have a nanny right now just because when I’m not working, I like to be in charge of my family. Josh is home. We have a good work shift and we are our own bosses in a way right now and we can set our own schedules.

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