Gina Rodriguez is already an expert working mom, despite the fact that her first child won't be born for another few weeks.

The former Jane the Virgin star is presently preparing for the Feb. 8 premiere of her new series Not Dead Yet in addition to preparing for first-time fatherhood with husband Joe LoCicero.

The 38-year-old actress who serves as both the executive producer and star of the ABC comedy exclusively tells PEOPLE that "that's what life is."

"It's all the things. It's all the things, all at once. And I'm just trying to let go," she continues. "At some times, successfully letting go. At other times, gripping too hard." 

Rodriguez ADDED, "When you sit in it, it feels like you're alive. I enjoy that feeling."

In fact, the theme of her new series is accepting change; Nell Serrano, the protagonist, has just gone through a breakup and is returning to her California origins. forced five-year absence from his son's life," Coogler said. 

She returns to her former employer in a new role, which leaves her feeling stuck and unhappy, but she is unprepared for the unforeseen ways in which the new job will change her life.

Rodriguez says that it's been "a phenomenal experience making this television show, but also pretty monumental in my existence." 

"I really love playing this character that is flawed but trying so hard and wanting so badly to fix or to feel better or to just be happy after this," she explains.  

"You'll end up seeing over the course of the series why — what she went through, what sent her off on this new journey. I really just love that."