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Meet Alison Sweeney's New Baby!

03/19/2009 at 07:00 AM EDT

Meet Alison Sweeney's New Baby!
Alison Sweeney and baby Megan Hope
Alison Dyer
Alison Sweeney wasn't expecting to give birth on Jan. 12. But when she dropped into the hospital for a check-up in full hair and makeup after a long day on the set of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the host, then 9-months pregnant with a baby girl, recalls, "My doctor was a little concerned and said, 'I don't want to leave her in there one more day!'"

After having labor induced, Sweeney, 31, gave birth to Megan Hope Sanov at 11:48 that same night.

Sweeney describes her surprise – and her husband Dave Sanov's mad dash to the delivery room just in time for the birth – in the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

At home in Los Angeles, little Megan already has her dad, a California Highway Patrolman, "wrapped around her little finger," Sweeney says. Not to mention her big brother, Ben, 4: "He pets her on the head and calls her cutie-pie!"

Pink and Brown Nursery

Megan's nursery is decked out in pink and brown tones with sage green accents, a feminine chandelier, and traditional Bellini furniture. Tradition, too, dictated Megan's name: "There have been a lot of quirky, unusual celebrity baby names. But we wanted people to be able to spell it. We wanted it to be more timeless," Sweeney tells PEOPLE.

There's nothing old-fashioned about Sweeney's post-baby workout routine, however. The star who, was back on the The Biggest Loser set just eight days after the birth – and returned to her role as Sami Brady on soap opera Days of Our Lives just six days after that – has been turning to her Nintendo Wii for help. Sweeney is the proud owner of a new fitness program, called EA Active, and has been following its lead to help bust her baby weight.

"When do I have time to go to the gym?," asks Sweeney. "It really is like a personal trainer in a box. It's perfect. I recommend it to all mothers!"

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