Joshua Jackson opens up about ‘1st baby anxiety’ amid pandemic

Parenting for the first time is not for the faint of heart. From discovering that a baby is on its way to labor – and long after that – moms and dads-to-be are struggling with new worries.

But expecting baby number 1 during the coronavirus outbreak adds an extra level of anxiety, as actor Joshua Jackson knows all too well.

Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith at a London event in FebruaryDavid M. Benett / Getty Images

Former ‘Dawson’s Creek’ star and wife Jodie Turner-Smith expect their first bundle of joy, a girl, to arrive every day now. In a new interview, Jackson admits that the timing has changed the experience.

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“I’ve never been a parent, so I’m not sure exactly how much of this is the first baby anxiety and how much of it is pandemic anxiety,” he said in a conversation with Buzzfeed News ” AM to DM. ‘ “But for us, in this house, the two of us are leaning on each other (open), much like, ‘Yes, man, it’s stressful! This is a lot to deal with.'”

But they make the most of the situation.

“Like everyone else, we try to figure this thing out every day,” he added. “So the only time we’re really out of the house is to get food or go for a walk.”

The 41-year-old, who gave the interview remotely from his home, said he and his 33-year-old wife “took a little social distraction anyway,” as they were in “the nesting phase” as news of the pandemic progressed.

“The only really difficult part at the moment is how to communicate with the medical community,” he said. “Obviously we have to do that, and we try to do that every day, to find out what is the best and healthiest way.”

That’s a common chorus among expectant parents these days.

Last week, NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke. about the same concerns while he and his wife, Amy, are waiting for their second child.

“Due to the restrictions on all non-essential visits, we can’t really perform the checks as we normally would,” explained the two-time winner of the Daytona 500 in his podcast “Dale Jr. Download.” “It makes us a little nervous. But apart from that, I just tell Amy, ‘Well, it’s kind of like it used to be. This is just going to be a different process and we can just hope everything goes the way it should.'” “

Jackson, who now stars in Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere”, seems certain of the latter part when it comes to his family.

“My wife is healthy, my baby is healthy, so we’re doing well,” he said.

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