You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Jodie Turner Smith felt 'really scared' during first pregnancy

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 04/05/2021 Sarah Ilston
a close up of Jodie Turner-Smith: The 34-year-old Queen and Slim actress welcomed her first child with husband Joshua Jackson early last year and reveals why she spent pregnancy feeling anxious. © Tommaso Boddi The 34-year-old Queen and Slim actress welcomed her first child with husband Joshua Jackson early last year and reveals why she spent pregnancy feeling anxious.

Jodie Turner-Smith has shared her biggest pregnancy concern whilst carrying her first child with husband Joshua Jackson last year — and revealed the simple steps she took to ease her anxiety.

The Queen and Slim star — who gave birth to daughter Janie in February last year (2020) — opened up to Cosmo UK that, due to her 'lack of knowledge,' she spent a lot of her pregnancy feeling 'really scared.'

She filmed action film Without Remorse during her second trimester, and now admits that her 'extremely physical' role in the film was too full-on for the dramatic changes that were happening in her body at the time.

'I didn't know at the time exactly how I would feel in my body at that stage,' she explained. 'My lack of knowledge about the changes your body goes through... That all made it very challenging when you're being very physical while growing a life inside of you.'

She went on to explain that she had no idea how different she would feel while pregnant, and that taking on such a demanding role during this time was a massive learning curve for her.

Replay Video

'Everything is different — how you breathe, the temperature your body runs at. It's a massive thing you're undertaking already, so to add on top of that an extremely physical [acting] role. It was super challenging — I learned a lot about myself through that.'

The actress also revealed that — due to the physical nature of the role — she didn't feel any movement until quite far into her pregnancy, which naturally left her worried and resulted in her and Jackson purchasing their own ultrasound machine to watch in the bath.

Joshua Jackson et al. posing for the camera: Jodie with husband Joshua Jackson while pregnant in February 2020 © Mike Marsland Jodie with husband Joshua Jackson while pregnant in February 2020

'My husband was there for much of the time I was filming. I had a lot of hot baths... We rented an ultrasound machine and I would look at the baby almost every night,' she revealed.

'Because of how active I as doing an action film, I didn't feel any movement until I was about 22 weeks [pregnant] so I spent a lot of time during my pregnancy really scared. So I needed to look at her to know everything was OK.'

Subscribe to Red now to get the magazine delivered to your door.

Like this article? Sign up to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered straight to your inbox.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Red

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon