After enduring the heartbreak of several miscarriages, Lisa Ling is set to welcome her first child, a girl, this winter with husband Dr. Paul Song.
Now that she’s in a happy place as she approaches her ninth month of pregnancy, The Job host reflects on her journey.
“So many women struggle with all aspects of pregnancy,” she tells me while promoting Nectresse sweetener. “I’ve gained such a better appreciation for women in general because there’s so much pressure on women #1. to conceive; #2. to carry the baby; and #3 to take care of the baby.”
As the months progress, her struggle stays with her.
“I’m still terrified,” she says. “I’m constantly feeling my stomach to make sure she’s moving around. It excites me to feel her kick and move. I know she’s alive in there. But it’s scary.”
She adds, “Men will never know that kind of pressure. I gained an appreciation, and my heart goes out to women who are trying.”
Now successful in her journey to conceive, Lisa sees major lifestyle changes ahead for herself and the man she married in 2007.
“I’m 39 years old, and my husband is 47,” she says. “Our lives are going to completely change entirely, in an instant, but we feel very lucky that we’ve been able to get here.”
She adds, “We’ve both been operating so independently for all of our lives that I just think it’s time. We’re both excited about taking on this new responsibility and becoming more selfless.”
For now, she’s enjoying the opportunity to pig out.
“My husband loves when I’m pregnant because I eat so much more than I normally do,” she says. “He’s, like, a voracious consumer of food, so I go toe-to-toe with him sometimes, and that makes him the happiest person on the planet.”
Hm, what does she devour?
“I crave a lot of salt, but I’m still eating pretty healthy,” she says. “I’m eating so much more meat and chicken. A lot of protein. I’ve increased my caloric intake a lot. I eat a lot more — buckwheat noodles, like soba noodles, which I love, but before I would try to keep my carb intake pretty low. I’ve been eating a lot of gluten-free pizza, which is nice to do. I eat so much pizza!”
For Lisa, it’s pretty great to have a free pass on food.
“It’s so fabulous! I’ll probably continue eating this way after — one of the reasons why I wouldn’t eat so much is that I was always on-the-go. It wouldn’t be too uncommon for me to skip breakfast and lunch and survive on a Cliff bar, because I was working. But it’s been important to feel nourished. I feel stronger. It’s a fortunate pregnancy as a result of being nourished and healthy, so I feel like I’ll probably maintain this regimen.”
Being pregnant has made Lisa more aware of the foods she consumes.
“I definitely am eating healthier. I’ve always eaten very healthy, but I’m very conscious of the types of things I’m eating. I’m still afraid of a lot of sugar intake because of my family’s history of diabetes. I’m just a lot more careful. The thing I’m most careful about is eating, because before this, I would skip meals all day.”
And Nectresse is part of her routine.
“It’s been fantastic because I’ve been hyper-sensitive about not consuming any artificial sweeteners,” she says. “I’m not drinking the drinks that I would drink with artificial sweeteners. I’m using Nectresse on my plain yogurt, and on my decaf coffee that I have to drink every morning, but honestly, without it, I think I’d have a hard time. I still try to keep my sugar intake low, and I don’t want to use the artificial stuff.”
Wishing Lisa and Paul all the best — we can't wait to see the new baby!
Catch Lisa on The Job, which debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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