Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Britax Photo: Emily Deschanel at The Britax Baby Carrier’s Pre-Father's Day Mini Golf Open in Los Angeles on June 11, 2011

We may have a hard time keeping Temperance Brennan's feminine side at the front of our minds, but Emily Deschanel is letting her fem flag fly at Ladies' Home Journal. There's been a lot of speculation over fictional Brennan's baby, but real-life Deschanel opened up on Friday, July 8, about her experience expecting.

When it comes to cravings, the militantly vegan Deschanel keeps her appetite in check, avoiding eggs, dairy, and all other animal products. But a vegan pregnancy tends to bring out the critics: "As a pregnant woman especially, people will say to me, 'You must eat meat and dairy,'" Deschanel complains. "I still have to defend myself because people don't understand it[.]"

And of course, the Hollywood/television image culture hovers over everything.  "[T]here's so much pressure to appear a certain way — to be skinny and to look young," Deschanel says. But she's holding her head up high and making sure to "tap into [her] self-esteem[.]"  Don't worry, Emily — we always think you're beautiful!

Source: People

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