‘Boy Meets World’ Star Danielle Fishel Gets Honest About Mommy Guilt Following Son’s Turbulent Birth

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Playing the role of the confident Topanga on the sitcom Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel always seemed to have everything figured out.

But in real life, it’s been a totally different story.

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In a new interview with Good Morning America, the much-loved actress who also starred in Girl Meets World opened up about the mom guilt she felt after her son Adler Lawrence was born three months ago. Adler was born one month early and ended up having to stay in the NICU for three weeks following his birth. He was diagnosed with Chylothorax, a rare lung disorder in which fluids build up in the lungs.

As her son was dealing with these issues, Danielle blamed herself.

‘Why did my water break so early,” she remembers questioning. “Was it because I was on my feet working 12-plus hour days at almost 36 weeks? Was it all the spicy food I had been craving? Did I do something that will hurt my baby?’”

It’s a guilt that many moms are all too familiar with.

“It’s there whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or you work outside the house, but one there is one thing I know for certain each and every mother has in common: We are trying our absolute best 100 percent of the time,” Fishel says.

Luckily, baby Adler is now healthy and ready to take on the world.

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“I will always be able to tell him, ‘You’ve already done hard things,’” she says. “‘You did one of the hardest things ever when you were first born, so no excuses. You can do hard things.’ “