"Big Bang Theory" Star Melissa Rauch Welcomes Baby No. 2

Congrats to the family of four!
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
May 2020
actor melissa rauch gives birth to baby number two
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Melissa Rauch has given birth to her second baby!

The former “Big Bang Theory” actress took to Instagram yesterday, May 4, to announce that she and her husband Winston have welcomed a baby boy named Brooks. The post showed a blue baby hat with the name Brooks embroidered on to it. “I am incredibly thankful and overjoyed to announce the birth of our son, Brooks Rauch, who we just welcomed into the world and directly into our hearts,” she wrote in the caption, “His arrival was made possible, in no small part, by the front line heroes - the nurses and doctors who show up each day to make sure that life keeps marching forward, regardless of the circumstances. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have this baby boy join our family, but to say that it is a surreal time to be bringing life into the world is an understatement.”

Rauch, 39, also wrote an essay in Glamour on her anxiety surrounding giving birth during a pandemic. "In the weeks leading up to my due date, I had been so fearful of how this would all go down. I’d had good days where I’d felt optimistic—‘I can do this!’—and other days of complete ‘What kind of fresh hell are we living in?!’ panic,” she wrote in the essay. “The anxiety over giving birth without an advocate and support system in tow, compounded with the exposure concerns of walking into a hospital during a pandemic, were a lot to process. So I tried my best to prepare for a scenario I never thought I’d face: filling my hospital bag with disinfecting wipes and practicing labor breathing in a mask like I was training for a dystopian marathon.”

Rauch and Winstorn also share a daughter, Sadie, 2. In 2017, before having Sadie, the actress suffered a miscarriage—something she has been very open about.

Now, she hopes her experience will help other “pandemamamas” (as she calls them) who might be nervous about what to expect. “As I’ve previously shared, I am no stranger to loss on the road to motherhood,” she wrote on Instagram, “so to those dealing with infertility or grieving a loss, please know you are in my heart and I’m sending you so much love.”

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