Why Mindy Kaling Is 'Happy' She Got Pregnant at 38

No regrets! Mindy Kaling welcomed her daughter, Katherine, in December 2017, and is glad she got pregnant when she did.

When asked if there was a right time for her to have a child, the actress, 39, told Glamour on Tuesday, June, 4, “No, there wasn’t. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I would have put it off and put it off. I’m happy that it happened when it did. I would have put it off indefinitely. I’ve seen firsthand the heartbreak of women who have waited to get pregnant [and then it doesn’t happen].”

The Why Not Me? author added: “For me, my relationship with my [late] mother [Swati Roysircar] was such an integral part of my life. Thinking back on our relationship is still such a huge source of my happiness day to day, so I’m so grateful for having Katherine.”

When it comes to balancing single motherhood with her successful career, Kaling told Us Weekly exclusively on Thursday, May 30, that she’s in “a privileged position.”

“I have help, you know, and I know that’s not the case for all American women,” the Office alum told Us. “I’m a single mom, but I have the means to have help. … It is what it is!”

The Massachusetts native’s hope, though, is that her work will inspire her daughter. “I work incredibly hard,” she told Us. “It’s like, work hard, play hard. I definitely work more hard than I play hard. And so I think that’s not bad. I think that I have never gotten anything easily and that’s OK!”

The Late Night star announced that she was expecting her first child on the Today show in August 2017 and has yet to share the identity of Katherine’s father.

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