Mandy Moore‘s pregnancy journey has been an unexpected one. The This Is Us star is preparing to welcome her first child—a baby boy!–in a few weeks with her husband, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. In a new Romper interview, she’s opening up about her decision to have a baby and how she was prepared to undergo surgery in order to become pregnant.
“We did ovulation tests, all that stuff,” Moore said in the virtual interview. She and her husband decided to see a fertility specialist and were later told there was an issue with her uterus and that she might have endometriosis. “I was fully prepared to go have surgery and fix my uterus and hopefully get rid of the endometriosis, if it was there,” she added. “It was nice to have a plan and to know, OK, well, this is why I haven’t been pregnant yet.”
Shortly before she was scheduled to have the surgery, her fertility specialist mentioned she was ovulating and there was a slim chance of her getting pregnant despite her uterine issues. “So I was like, all right, whatever,” she said. “And lo and behold…”
She continued, “I guess I understand why doctors tell you, like, ‘Oh, just try for a year, and then if nothing happens, you can start sort of investigating.’ But I was like, man, I wish I had known before. It would have been a game-changer had I had that information.”
Moore announced that she was pregnant in September 2020. She and Goldsmith posted a series of black-and-white photos of her bump to Instagram. “Baby Boy Goldsmith coming early 2021 💙,” she captioned the post.
She explained to Romper that the fact she’s having a child is becoming more real now. “Because of this issue with my uterus, I was very hesitant to believe it and put any stock in it. I sort of was holding my breath until 12 weeks,” she said.
She continued, “The little things kind of get me. Like, I was online buying pacifiers yesterday and I just turned to my husband and I was like, It’s real. There’s going to be a little human that needs a pacifier.” Read Mandy Moore’s full Romper interview here.