Jewel Weighs In on Pregnancy
She’ll appear in August/September issue of Fit Pregnancy.
Thirty-seven-year-old singer/songwriter Jewel is keeping busy despite her pregnancy. She and rodeo star Ty Murray are expecting their first baby, a boy, in July, but that hasn't stopped the Alaska native from hosting Bravo’s competition show Platinum Hit and releasing a children’s album, The Merry Goes ' Round.
Fit Pregnancy recently talked with Jewel for a cover story, when she was about 30 weeks along, and CountryWeekly.com is happy to provide a sneak preview for our readers.
For the complete interview, check out the August/September issue of Fit Pregnancy, on newsstands July 18.
Q: So, how are you feeling?
A: I’m feeling really great and enjoying pregnancy much more than I thought I would. I didn’t know what to expect, every woman is different and you hear such horror stories. But I also heard that you should try to enjoy it, so I took that to heart and tried not to fret about weight gain or anything else. Pregnancy is a privilege, and I feel lucky that I get to do it. It’s kind of sad that men don’t.
Q: Have you had any cravings?
A: I eat a lot of protein, whole grains and veggies. And I have been juicing every day since I got pregnant. If I had a craving, it was for carbs, but my doctors discovered my diet was low in minerals, so once I increased my mineral intake, the carb cravings diminished. I believe a craving really is your body responding to something it needs.
Q: Have you gained a lot of weight?
A: Well, you’re supposed to gain up to 35 pounds, and now I’m at 30 weeks and I’ve gained 30 pounds. The first several months I hardly gained anything, then it happened fast. I don’t know how I could control that—I have a healthy diet, I don’t eat sugar. I think your body has its own wisdom and as long as you are doing the best you can, you just have to find a balance. As far as losing the weight, I’m hoping that breastfeeding does the job, but I won’t be neurotic about it, about working out right away. I am capable of that but I’m going to cut myself lots of slack. I want to give myself time to rest and heal and tend to my new baby for a month or so, and then I will definitely get back into a workout routine.
Q: Tell us about the album you recorded.
A: It’s called The Merry Goes ' Round, and I wrote it for my baby. I tried to write songs with lessons in them. Some are about conquering fears, like when you think you hear noises in the dark but it’s only shadows. There’s a song about a bird and a tree who are best friends, and the lesson is about the comfort you get from friendship. And I tried to write songs that parents will enjoy as well, instead of just tolerating.
Q: What’s your best advice for women who are pregnant for the first time?
A: Knowledge really is power. The more you can educate yourself, the better. Your body and your health are your responsibility. I love doctors, but I have to live with the decisions I make. Make sure you get your questions answered, and never feel that you are doubting your doctor by asking a question—a good doctor won’t feel that way, either.