“I hate to say it but—in terms of giving birth and having a newborn—this has not been the worst time for me."

By Maggie O'Neill
December 29, 2020
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Welcome to Deep Dives, a new Health video series where inspiring people talk about a health topic that’s meaningful to them and share relatable stories around health and wellness. Watch Mindy Kaling's Deep Dive above!

In case you missed it, actor and comedian Mindy Kaling, 41, welcomed her second child, Spencer Kaling, in September. And while being pregnant and giving birth during the middle of a pandemic might seem pretty overwhelming to most of us, Kaling handled it with ease—and even found some silver linings along the way. Kaling tells Health that being pregnant with Spencer this year was actually easier than having her first child, Katherine Kaling, who was born in 2017.

“When I was pregnant with my daughter it was on camera. I couldn’t just eat whatever I wanted, be completely comfortable,” Kaling explains. “Every day I had to show up at 6 a.m., put hair and makeup on, and play a non-pregnant person [on The Mindy Project].” This time around, she didn’t have to work quite so hard at hiding her pregnancy, since she (like so many others) didn’t get out much this year. “I was like, Oh, everyone’s kind of secret-pregnant. Everyone’s wearing sweatpants and eating whatever they want,” Kaling says.

The pandemic also gave Kaling more time to be home, which she’s extra grateful for considering her son’s age. “I’ve been forced to stay at home more with my kids,” she explains, adding that she didn’t have that luxury when her daughter was born. “I was traveling to New York and London promoting movies when my daughter was two months old,” she says.

All in all, Kaling was able to use the extra time the pandemic afforded her to be more present with her children. “I hate to say it but—in terms of giving birth and having a newborn—this has not been the worst time for me,” she says.

Watch the rest of Kaling's deep dive in the video above.

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