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Katherine Heigl recently welcomed a baby boy but there was one part of having a child that made her much prefer adoption.

In her first interview since giving birth on December 20, the actress told PEOPLE her first pregnancy was “pretty easy” and despite never being that “determined to experience pregnancy” she was grateful she did.

“One minute you’re weirdly obsessed with this baby, like ‘Don’t take him out of my sight,’ and the next you’re kind of blue, you’re a little sad and a little freaked out,” she told PEOPLE.

“I actually prefer the adoption way because I wasn’t subject to hormones.”

“I’ve never been determined to experience pregnancy,” Heigl tells PEOPLE.

“But I’m so grateful that I did. I think that if it hadn’t been a surprise, I’m not sure I would have done it. It was an incredible experience, it was kind of magical.”

Katherine adds that hormones were “the only difference” in raising her children. “The moment you hold your child, you’re wholly in love,” she says. “And you’ll do anything to protect them and shelter them.”

The 38-year old actress is already a mother to eight-year-old Naleigh and four-year-old Adalaide, both of which she adopted with her husband Josh Kelley.

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  • Lovely – and I see her point.

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  • There are very few babies available for adoption these days unlike 30 + years ago.
    I know a couple who were very excited when they were able to adopt a baby, and even more excited 2 months later when she suddenly discovered she was pregnant. They suddenly had 2 babies less than 12 months old apart.

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  • I think it’s wonderful that so many people are willing to adopt. A great sign of unconditional love. :-)

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  • Adoption is also kind of like adopting a rescue pet. Both babies need a stable loving home

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