Mandy Moore is grateful that her pregnancy has progressed beyond a rough beginning that had her losing "a bunch of weight."
"I feel very lucky," she said. "I was really sick in the beginning. Super sick, but I was home. So I didn't have to miss out on work."
Moore, 36, who announced her pregnancy in September, was able to weather her illness before "This is Us" resumed filming during the pandemic.
"I don't know how women do it," she said. "I literally woke up and was sick all day long. I couldn't eat, I lost a bunch of weight. I just stayed in bed all day.
"But luckily, I know that's not the case for everybody, that it sometimes can persevere for the entire pregnancy. So I'm lucky that that kind of trailed off, and I feel much better now, but beyond that, I feel like I had my energy back and feeling good. Like nope, no complaints."
Now she is happy to be back at work, as "This Us Us" had its season five premiere in late October.
"It's lovely to have that to look forward to," she said. "I feel very grateful because I know that's not the case for everybody, especially in our line of work, but, that's been lovely.
"I have had no complaints about staying home, either. I'm a bit of a homebody, so it hasn't been too challenging for me, but I also know I'm just married. I don't have children, I don't have a ton of responsibility, so it's pretty easy in that regard."
Moore has also adjusted to life without her favorite morning beverage, as she shared in September that she has developed a pregnancy aversion to coffee.
"Will I ever enjoy coffee again?" Moore wrote on her Instagram stories. "It's one of my major food aversions right now ... it makes me sad because I used to dream about coffee before bed."
Food aversion was part of the overall illness she faced in the first 15 weeks of her pregnancy.
"The food aversion — can we just talk about that because coffee's not the only one," she said. "I had the worst food aversions. I still can't think about some things or look at them in the fridge."