The Utah-raised co-host of FOX News Channel’s FOX & Friends Weekend talks about how pregnancy affects her life.
Written by Michael Richardson
Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Abby Huntsman has reported on everything from North Korea to gene editing to fried food, but there’s one story developing that might be the biggest of her life: she’s pregnant with a baby girl.
“It has changed my life in so many more ways than I ever thought was possible,” she says.
One of the biggest changes, Abby says, is her own perspective.
“I know that I am building another person, so everything I put in my body, everything that I do, it’s not about me, it’s not about being able to fit in that size 2 dress anymore,” she says. “I want to make sure that I’m giving this baby everything that she needs. For me, especially in television, where it can often be a lot about yourself, it’s been really healthy for me to go through.”
Abby says she and her husband are thrilled, and their baby girl on the way seems excited too.
“I’ll be anchoring a show, or reading a breaking news headline, and I’ll feel her kicking in my tummy, and it’s such a sweet moment for me,” she says, “because it’s a reminder that I’m bringing another life into this world. As much as I love my job and what I do every day, having a child will always be my number one priority. And I think, for me, it puts life in perspective.”
Abby, who is a graduate of Salt Lake City’s East High School, and who has deep roots in Utah, knows that pregnancy presents challenges for every woman. As many women experience, her first trimester was rough.
“I felt like those first three months were never going to end,” she says. “I literally went to work, and then I would come home and just be in bed all day. I was really sick. I felt things I’d never felt before.”
But there were especially tricky things to deal with, considering Abby’s career. Having a morning show was particularly difficult.
“There is nothing worse than anchoring a morning show when you have a morning sickness,” she says. “There were definitely moments where, during a commercial break, I’d have to run out and literally lay down on the couch, and just breathe for a few minutes just to get myself back together.”
Fortunately, her husband has been a huge support, Abby says, as have her two bosses, women who have children of their own. But even with the support, there isn’t much anyone can do for Abby when she has a four hour show, and has to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes.
“I don’t get more than a two minute break in four hours,” she says. “If there’s breaking news, you get no commercial.”
Additionally, she says, it’s a challenge to deal with the emotional aspects of pregnancy.
“Emotionally, you go through the ups and downs of ‘can you actually handle a child, am I going to be a good mom?’” she says. “I feel like I’m going through so many emotions that every other mom or mom-to-be goes through. I have so much more appreciation and admiration for women that have kids. Especially those that are balancing a job and raising a family.”
Despite the challenges, Abby calls pregnancy a miracle.
“It really is such a miracle,” she says. “Other than the nausea part, I’ve loved all the changes that have happened because I feel like it’s all for such a better cause.”
She realizes, however, that each and every pregnancy is different, and that comparing yourself to other women is dangerous.
“Some women don’t even get sick,” she says. “The best advice I can give is to just listen to your body. Give your body what it’s asking you for.”
When it comes to exercise, Abby admits that some days she just doesn’t feel well, and has to just rest for hours at a time. Other times all she feels up for is a walk around the block. And eating is the same way.
“I’m usually such a healthy eater,” she says. “My husband laughs, because I will eat anything under the sun these days. I want chicken fingers, fries and pizza, and that’s okay.”
While still living up to the highest standards of professionalism, Abby embraces pregnancy and all that comes with it as natural and good things. When asked about how long she’ll stay on the show, she says she’s playing it by ear.
“The plan is to do it until I start looking uncomfortable on camera, because that’s when the audience can feel uncomfortable.” she says with a laugh. “We’ll see how far I can go. So far so good, knock on wood.”
Abby says Utah has always been home base for her, not just because of her family here, but because Utah was where she began to discover who she was, and what she wanted to do. In fact, her first real job was at Good Things Utah, on Channel 4, where she was an intern.
“I loved it, I would work behind the scenes, I would clean the dishes for the cooking segments, I would open the mail,” she says. “I fell in love with television, I fell in love with morning television. And that really gave me the bug to want to keep pursuing that. It was actually my dream to be on Good Things Utah; I thought if I could be one of those girls on Good Things Utah, that would be incredible. And I still am in touch with the girls that are on there.”
Though she now lives in New York, she say Utah will always be her home.
“Life is funny,” she says. “You never know how things are going to end up, and how they’re going to shake out.”