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Drew Barrymore: Motherhood gives me palpitations

Drew Barrymore drives home with "heart palpitations" because she's so desperate to see her daughter.

The actress and her husband Will Kopelman welcomed Olive into the world in September.

The 37-year-old has thrown herself into being a mom and says it's a nerve-wracking experience.

"It's like having the worst crush of your life!" she laughed to US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

"I drive home with heart palpitations, like, I can't wait to get to her. I think, 'You know, is she gonna call? Will she ask me to spend the night?'"

Drew and Will have had to adapt their lives to fit around their little one.

Despite admitting to previously not being a "morning person" the 50 First Dates star no longer minds waking at the crack of dawn.

"I wake up every morning... and it's a newfound joy that I have in the morning hours... I get to wake her up, and she's so fun and always smiling and doesn't have this history of all these thoughts you wake up with as an adult... It's just joy!" she gushed.

In Hollywood, new A-list mothers often shed the pounds quickly, springing back to their trim former selves in a matter of months.

Drew insists she's not interested in being super skinny, as long as she's healthy.

"I want nothing to do with that hamster wheel from hell. It seems miserable. I want to be healthy enough that I feel good mentally," she explained.

"I just know that if I make my husband laugh - I think that's why my husband loves me - if I make him laugh, I feel like the most beautiful woman in the world."

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