How they feel about bumping the post-bump pounds
We’re just going to call it like it is: Celebs make losing pregnancy pounds look easy, which can be a bit of a bummer. Yes, they often have access to childcare, personal trainers, and chefs—but for most women, it typically takes three months to a year to get back to your pre-baby weight. (And that’s assuming you’re really working at it the whole time.) Luckily, stars occasionally offer up some real-talk on the topic. Want to learn how celebs actually feel about baby weight?
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer gave birth to a baby girl this past November. And four months later, she told E! Online that she’s focusing on her daughter, not intense dieting: “If your priorities are right, the baby’s most important,” she told the publication. “You have to eat to feed your baby. And I have a girl, so I want her to see some day why her mom has good self-esteem and good body issues. It gets you down sometimes, I’m not going to lie. I’ve had days where I’m like, ‘Ugh, I wish this was easier.’ But it’s not, and that’s OK.”
Jessica, who’s a Weight Watchers spokesperson, took a really practical approach after giving birth to her second child. Rather than overwhelming herself with her end goal, she focused on baby steps instead: “I’m taking it week-by-week so I don’t get frustrated with myself,” she told ABC News last year. “If I had a long-term goal and that’s all I thought about, I think it would set me back more.”
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi
This celeb’s advice to new moms who aren’t seeing results from gym trips: “You have to keep going.” Nicole told us in January, “I started going to the gym after six weeks post-birth, and it probably took me five to six months to see any results. I was going with a trainer, and I’m like, ‘Dude, I’m not losing any weight, nothing’s happening. I’m working my butt off, and I don’t see any results.’ And then when I said that, all of a sudden I just started losing the weight and it just shed off overnight. So it’s going to take a while to see results. You’re losing weight but also gaining muscle. So you’re kind of staying in the same weight, but once you have the muscle, then the fat drops off and that’s when you see the big results.”
Last October, we asked the Frozen star if she had any trouble accepting the changes her body went through during pregnancy—and we loved her response: “Of course—I mean, change is hard no matter what it is. Especially when it’s weight gain, but you know, it’s easy to focus on the negatives and completely disregard the fact that you’re making another human,” she said. “You’re participating in the most beautiful cycle that this earth will allow—who cares if you put on weight for a few months or a year or two years? In the grand scheme of things, I refuse to let it bother me. And it makes me really sad that a lot of women are so susceptible to letting it bother them because we choose as human beings and as media to let the narrative on pregnant women be all about body size.”
Last May, Amber told E! Online that she reached 202 pounds when she was pregnant. “It’s hard to get off baby weight,” she said. “It’s a different kind of weight because for nine months you stretch your stomach out, and then it’s hard to get that back. I’m working on it. I lost like 30-some pounds already.”
This pop star had daughter Willow in 2011 and told People in 2012 that getting back to the gym post-delivery wasn’t easy. “It was slow because I literally couldn’t even do a sit-up,” she told the publication. “I’d had to have an emergency C-section so I was numb. And exhausted. I was really afraid because my whole life is based on abs and core.” To which we say, thanks for your honesty, Pink!
“I think if you ask any pregnant mom, they’re like ‘I want my body back,'” Hilary told Us Weekly in 2012 after giving birth just a few months earlier. “But it takes time. It takes nine months for your body to get that way, and it’s putting on that weight on purpose. The second I start to get down like, ‘What happened to my body?’ I look at my beautiful baby—and I’ve never been more appreciative for this body that I have.” And that, ladies, is an amazing attitude!