Tina Fey, Emmy-winning creator/writer/producer/star of the television comedy 30 Rock, has kicked the ambivalence she was wrestling about having another baby.
Fey, a former standout member of the Saturday Night Live ensemble, will announce on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 12 that she is five months pregnant with her second child, People magazine reported on its website this week.
Celebrities are often reticent about the details of their pregnancies, but Fey has let her anxieties hang out on the topic in her new book, Bossypants, and in a recent, related New Yorker article, "Confessions of a Juggler."
It is unsettling to be a woman of 40, in her "last five minutes" both of fertility and decent movie offers, Fey writes, and she weaves wacky scenarios as she considers having another baby vs. concentrating on her career.
"Why not do both, like everybody else in the history of the earth?" she asks.
The math is impossible, Fey writes.
"No matter how you add up the months, it means derailing the TV show where 200 people depend on me for their income, and I take that stuff seriously. Like everyone from Tom Shales to Jeff Zucker, I thought 30 Rock would be canceled by now."
But 30 Rock is still going, and now Fey is pregnant. It's going to be interesting to see what happens.
In my opinion, Fey has made the right decision, because it is the decision she has made. (Her husband, she writes, just wanted her to get off the dime.) And that goes for any woman. She who controls her own fertility has at least a shot at controlling her life.
(Or, Fey may have gone through years of hand-wringing and then just discovered she was pregnant. That whole control thing is hard to pull off.)
In any event, the gynecologist who tells Fey during her paroxysms of indecision, "Either way, everything will be fine," was probably right.
Fey is in for a wild ride, balancing a hugely demanding job and two children. She is sure to get a lot of the question she says is the rudest you can ask a woman: "How do you juggle it all?"