The actress and mathematics genius treated her 36-hour labor as if it was just another theorem to work out!
Danica McKellar is truly a renaissance woman. Actress, scholar, author and, now, mom, the 35-year-old gave birth to her son, Draco Verta (composer Mike Verta, 38, is Danica’s husband) just under three months ago. But thanks to her second career as a math whiz, an otherwise interminable labor became a challenge. Kind of like, in fact, a really complicated math problem!
“It’s all the same stuff I talk about in my math books,” the author of Kiss My Math, Hot X and Math Doesn’t Suck told Access Hollywood. “I tell girls, ‘You know what, when you think you can’t do a math problem, keep trying anyways, build that confidence.’ It’s all about the confidence that comes from feeling smart. And as I was in labor I was going, ‘OK, OK just keep going. What do you tell your girls, what do you tell your readers? Overcome challenges, you can do it.’ We’re all stronger than we think we are.”
Danica opted for an epidural-free delivery. “If I had known it was going to be 36 hours, I’m not sure I would’ve been able to do it. At the end I remember yelling, ‘Oh, come on!’ but besides that, I can’t remember what most of the labor was like!”
But you know what she does remember? Thanks to her all-natural and drug-free delivery, Danica actually delivered her own child. “The doctor started the process,” she told stunned hosts Kit Hoover and Billy Bush, “but I pulled him out of me myself. There was so much joy in the room and so much relief! It was instant love. It was an amazing, amazing evening.”
Danica was sporting a curvy “Mommy Body,” complete with actual cleavage during her appearance on Access Hollywood. When Kit commented on Danica’s newly voluptuous look, Danica proudly said, “I wanted boobs since I was 10 years old and I finally got ‘em!”