New mum Kristen Bell suffered from pre-pregnancy jitters and feared she would love her dogs more than her daughter.

The former Veronica Mars actress and husband Dax Shepard welcomed their first child, daughter Lincoln, in March (13), but in the months leading up to the big day, Bell was worried about her devotion to their new baby.

In an interview with Flare magazine, the avid animal lover admits, "I kept saying to Dax in all sincerity during my pregnancy, 'I just don't know how I'm going to like her as much as I like the dogs.' I was being serious. Because I f**king love my dogs; they are my children."

In fact, Bell was concerned she would not even have a connection with her daughter at all, adding, "I love people the more I know them, and I didn't know her. It could've been a water bottle in my belly, that's about how connected I felt to her during my pregnancy. But within about 24 hours after she came out, my hormones reset, and they reprogrammed my feelings about her."