America Ferrera details anxiety surrounding giving birth during pandemic

America Ferrera gave birth to her second child earlier this month but admitted to having anxiety about being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appearing on the “Katie’s Crib” podcast released Thursday, the “Ugly Betty” star confessed to zoning out the news in an effort to remain calm.

“I just know I have to put up my filter because I don’t have the emotional capacity to let that in. I realized that really early on for me,” Ferrera, 36, said.

“For me I could feel my heartrate and my anxiety and my blood pressure and everything go up and also not being able to close my eyes at night and go to sleep because I’m sitting there with all these news stories swirling in my head.

“Just realizing early on that I had to be very disciplined about what I let in because it just doesn’t serve you especially in a time when you don’t need that added stress when you’re pregnant,” she added.

On May 4, the “Superstore” actress, who is married to Ryan Piers Williams, announced the arrival of daughter Lucia, who joins big brother Sebastian.

“Mama, Dada & Big Brother are over the moon to welcome her bright light to our family,” she captioned a photo on Instagram.

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