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Shay Mitchell Shares the Best Way to Support Any Mom in Your Life

We caught up with Canadian actress Shay Mitchell over the phone, whos currently in quarantine in L.A. with her boyfriend, fellow Canadian Matte Babel, and baby girl, Atlas. The You and Pretty Little Liars star tells us about her partnership with Pampers for their just-launched Share the Love program, her advice for new and expecting mothers, and the best ways to support any mom in your life.

 

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A post shared by Shay Mitchell (@shaymitchell) on May 5, 2020 at 12:11pm PDT

Hows quarantine going for you? How are you handling the pandemic as a new mom?

Im taking it one day at a time! Im reaching out to friends, checking in on people, and using FaceTime as much as possible.

Have you been able to squeeze in any time for self-care?

Yes! I give myself an hour a day, and its usually around Atlass 10 a.m. nap time. Ill set up a workout for myself, take the dog on a walk or have a bath. I just take that hour to reconnect with myself.

What workout are you following?

Im just going online and seeing what everybodys doing. There are so many great workouts on Instagram Live out there, and who knows, I may be working on my own little workout program right now! Physical activity has definitely been helping me through this.

Have you succumbed to the typical quarantine activitiesbaking bread, mastering a TikTok dance?

Ive definitely managed to jump on board the TikTok train! Yesterday, I managed to do the new Beyonce dance so thats up, and Ive also made banana breadtwo things a lot of people have also accomplished!

@shaymitchellYou know i had to do it when Beyonc came on this track ##fyp ##whyamihashtagging original sound – cassidycondiee

How long did it take you to learn the Beyonce dance?

Twenty-seven minutes! Not like I was timing it.

Which recipe did you use for banana bread?

Bon Appetit‘s Best Banana BreadI was a big fan of it.

How else are you keeping yourself busy and entertained?

Jenga! I consider myself to be the Jenga queen, so any time I can get Matt to play with me, thats one that I do, or I just practice on my own. Another game we love is the card game Crazy Eights. Weve been pulling out all the board games and having fun with them.

 

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Have you learned anything in quarantine?

Ive just realized that if you grill onions and garlic, and add salt and pepper, you can really make anything taste good. So, Ive been using my kitchen as my own sort of science lab, as my boyfriend calls it, and Ive come up with some really good concoctions. Also, melted cheese goes a long way. Use those ingredients, and whatever you make is bound to taste good.

 

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Why did you decide to partner with Pampers?

Were reminding other moms out there that theyre doing a great job. We want them to know that anything they do to support their child is enough, even if it doesnt feel like that. I know from my own experience, parenting is really hard even in the best of times, so its especially challenging in these circumstances, during the unknown. I really feel its important to help each other out and offer as much encouragement as we can.Post-partum, for me, was very interesting. I was able, at that time, to hang out with other friends of minelike new mom Troian, who was actually one of the first people I saw after giving birth. She was able to come by, and it was so nice to just be able to talk with her. There were actually quite a lot of other friends of mine who also gave birth around the same time, so we have a little group chatand were always texting on it.It always means a lot to me when I hear someone say, Youre doing a great job! I really appreciate it, and so we’re trying to do that for other moms. Anybody can do thisand you can use the hashtag #sharethelove on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter. Its a great way to send some extra support to any mom in your life.

 

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A post shared by Shay Mitchell (@shaymitchell) on Oct 20, 2019 at 7:05pm PDT

What advice do you have for new or expecting moms?

My best advice for parents out there is to take it one day at a time. Be generous with yourself and know that youre doing a great job, and what youre doing is more than enough. I cant stress that enough. I think its so important. Thats why this whole campaign is about encouraging other moms and showing your support. It means so much because there is a lot of doubt that can happen, especially being a new mom.I think for all the expecting moms out there, know that no matter what, youre never going to be 100 percent prepared, and thats okay. Nothing will prepare you for it, and you will figure it all outlike I have! There are things you can do to educate yourself in advance, and I think more than ever now, what Pampers is doing, offering these online virtual classes for child education and prenatal, are so important. I was able to go to those classes in-person before I had Atlas, and now, given the circumstances, its great these moms can get all of the information they need from the safety of their own homes. I would suggest to any expecting mom out there to take advantage of these free classes online.

Whats the best way to support a new mom?

Bringing food, anything you can, delivery credit, or ordering food and just have it arrive is so nice. Go visitwhen were not social distancing anymore. But in this time, I would say just reaching out, and telling anybody whos expecting, or is a new mom, or has kids, that theyre doing a great job. It really goes a long way, and it costs nothing.

 

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A post shared by Shay Mitchell (@shaymitchell) on Dec 31, 2019 at 7:56pm PST

What are your plans for Mothers Day?

Ill be spending time with Atlas, well probably make a lot of food, and I might even try making bread, if I get really confident! I think well set up a little picnic outside. And at night Ill be doing a Zoom hangout with some other moms. Were calling it “Moms After-Hours”! Well all put our kids to sleep and catch up with a glass of wine.

Have you found any silver linings to being in quarantine?

The time were getting to be able to spend with Atlasits more time than we wouldve had without this. Matt and I are both constantly travelling, so the fact that weve been able to have so much time together with her has been really nice.This interview has been edited and condensed.

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