Getting her nails done has been one example of 'mommy time' for the new mom

By peoplestaff225
Updated December 03, 2020 07:04 AM

Even new moms need a break every now and then.

“What about ‘mommy time?’ ” Selenis Leyva, 45, who stars in Orange Is the New Black and is mom to teenage daughter Alina, asks Dancing with the Stars contestant and first-time mom Ginger Zee on PEOPLE’s Mom Talk. “Do you feel guilty, at this point, having time for yourself?”

“I feel like [going back to work] is for me, in a weird way,” replies Zee, 35. “But I haven’t had a day off yet, so I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

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But even though Zee has been super busy between working and parenting 4-month-old son Adrian, she has found at least one moment just for herself.

“During maternity leave, the first time we had someone come over, my husband had to work, and I was like, ‘I need to get my nails done,’ ” the new mom says. ” ‘It’s in my building, it’s not a big deal.’ But I felt terrible when I went down there, and then an hour later, I felt amazing.”

“I was trying to remember what that felt like, so I could get over the first part,” adds the ABC chief meteorologist. “Where it’s the five minutes of, ‘Oh my gosh, I wonder what he’s doing. I wonder what’s happening.’ And then I relaxed into it.”

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