Kelly McCreary is not only excited but empowered knowing she is going to be a mom!
McCreary, who plays Dr. Maggie Pierce in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, is expecting with her first child with husband Pete Chatmon, revealing a positive pregnancy test to media outlets as well as Instagram.
“We are really excited to share that my husband and I are expecting our first little one,” McCreary, 39, revealed to PEOPLE.
McCreary says how both she and her director husband (who met on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and married in 2019) knew they wanted to have a family. But McCreary admits she was “shocked” when her Clearblue digital pregnancy test was positive.
“I actually screamed in shock when I saw pregnant. I mean, I just wasn’t expecting it,” she says. “I had really been mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the possibility that it might take us some time to conceive. So, I was genuinely shocked.”
“You know, on the Clearblue test, it spells out very clearly: pregnant. Like, make no mistake, you are PREGNANT,” McCreary laughed.
McCreary says of her personal journey of conceiving and being pregnant as “really empowering and really grounding.”
She does however reveal that Chatmon, 44, initially wanted to start a family more than she did, admitting that she “took some persuading” due to the career milestones she wanted to hit before motherhood. She calls her husband the “best” at supporting her as they take this next step in their lives.
“I’m very lucky to have a partner who is just rah, rah, eager for this child to come into our life and find out all of the ways that being parents will disrupt and challenge everything that we have planned,” she shares.
“But because we are doing it together, we will be able to roll with it. And because this child is so desired and so loved, whatever happens will be the right thing, and we’ll make it work.”
“My husband and I each made a shortlist of the top five things we would want to impart,” McCreary says. “And, you know, I think on the top of that list is total self-love and self-acceptance. It’s all the stuff I would tell my younger self.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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