June 13, 2013 06:01 PM

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When mom-to-be Jamie-Lynn Sigler met her fiancé Cutter Dykstra in steamy Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week, she didn’t think twice about slipping into a bikini.

Nor did she give much thought to being photographed in it.

“I would probably not be caught in a bikini otherwise, but when you’re pregnant, it is what it is!” she told PEOPLE at her baby shower (benefitting children’s charity Baby Buggy) in New York City Wednesday. “However your body’s carrying is how your body’s carrying.”

The actress, 32, met her fiancé, a minor league baseball player, down south while he was there for a game, and says that due to his travel schedule, the couple will probably opt for a staycation, rather than a babymoon before their son’s August arrival.

Meanwhile, as her pregnancy progresses, the process is becoming more exciting for the first-time dad, 23.

“I think as he feels him move and kick it becomes more real,” says Sigler. “We have a couple of [baby] names we’re toying with. We’ll call him one name one week and one name another week. I think we have our favorite, but you never know. We could change our minds when we meet him.”

At the shower — held at Sugar and Plumm on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and the sponsored by Britax/BOB, Hanky Panky, cloud b and Serena & Lily — Sigler and her family and friends dined on salads, veggies, chicken, fries and sliders and an impressive dessert selection. On the menu? The “Earthquake in a Fishbowl:” heaven/hell cake, cheesecake, key lime pie, Brooklyn blackout cake, butterscotch pudding and vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel ice cream.

A.K.A. any pregnant woman’s dream.

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As she counts down to her due date, Sigler (who says she’s still feeling good and even wore cute heels to her shower — “I’ll make do for certain occasions,” she jokes) says she’s got good friends to rely on for advice.

Pals Beverley Mitchell, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Joanna Garcia Swisher have all recently welcomed daughters.

“My best girlfriend Joanna just had her baby a couple weeks ago and she talked me through her entire [birth] so I know everything that happened — the good, the bad, the ugly and so I’ve got all the pointers,” she says. “She’ll probably be there when I give birth so it’s been nice to have her go through it and get to experience it with her.”

And her son will be one lucky little guy to have so many playmates close in age. Jokes Sigler: “Most of them are little girls so he’ll be like the little prince with his harem!”

— Rennie Dyball

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