Women in the spotlight are under an immense amount of pressure to keep themselves in shape. So when you add pregnancy into the mix, how does this make them feel about the way their changing bodies look? Here are 13 celebrities who have spoken candidly about it...
The pressure to "bounce back" to your pre-baby weight is very real, but Chrissy Teigen isn't succumbing to it. Because after two children, she weighs more than she did previously, and she likes it that way.
Posting on Twitter, Chrissy shared a common question she's asked: "How do you eat like this??" Her response? "Basically I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before miles. He's 10 months old, I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much. Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!"
Comparing the way she feels after having Miles to how she felt after having Luna, Chrissy made it clear she would pick happiness over a smaller number on the scale any day.
"The thinnest I've ever been was right after Luna. Postpartum depression. I'LL TAKE THESE POUNDS AND THIS FEELING!" wrote Chrissy. Yes, yes, and more yes.
In a recent cover interview with Allure magazine, tennis champion Serena Williams addressed the changes she's noticed in her body since having daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017. "After I came out [of the hospital], I had a stomach but I thought, this is kind of cool. I have a stomach because the baby was there," she said.
And you know what, Serena is right. It is kind of cool to have a physical change as a result of something so special.
Two months after her baby daughter Rani Rose was born, actress Kate Hudson shared a photo of her post-baby body, explaining she felt it was time to focus on her health. "I am on a mission right now to get back to my fighting weight," Kate wrote, adding she was also determined to regain her "strong body/mind back". Explaining the reason behind being so eager to get back in the gym, the How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days actress revealed she's shooting a new film in the spring, so "I'm looking to shed 25lbs." But she wants to do it sensibly, maintaining her milk production while she exercises, as well as also devoting all the time she needs to her family.
It might look like it happens magically, but Kim Kardashian revealed on her app following the birth of her second child, Saint, that even for celebrities who have PTs, healthy food and help coming out of their ears, "it isn't easy to just bounce back" after having a baby. Being completely honest, Kim said: "I was so jealous of women who had these cute little baby bellies and would gain 25 pounds—and then, a few weeks after giving birth, somehow look exactly like they did before they were pregnant, lol. That's not me …
We all have our hang-ups and things we might want to change," she continued, "but my curves make me who I am. So I embrace my body and the changes I've gone through. If anything, those changes remind me of what I'm able to create with my body: two little angels that I love beyond words."
The biggest change Mila Kunis noticed after having her daughter Wyatt in October 2014 was the size of her boobs. "Boy did these things grow!" she told host Conan O’Brien when she appeared on his show the following year. "I don't know how to deal with them because I've never had them, and so I always dress for a flat-chested girl and now all of a sudden I'm busty, and I'm like, 'Wow, check it out!' This is amazing to me. It's a whole new world!" she said.
Anne Hathaway famously posted a picture of a pair of jeans she'd cut into shorts on Instagram a few months after giving birth to son Jonathan in 2016. "There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever)," she wrote.
"There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all). There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.)" YES.
Where Olivia Wilde's concerned, she was never going to be one of those women who bounced right back to her pre-baby figure, and she’s totally okay with that. "I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I'm softer than I've ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot," she wrote in Shape.
"The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I'm a mother, and I look like one."
If the Titanic actress is one thing, she's honest. Which is exactly what we want Kate Winslet to be. "I have a crumble baby belly, [and my] boobs are worse for wear after two kids," she told the Daily Mail back in 2008. But she's still happy with the way she looks. "I'm doing all right... I don't look in the mirror and go, 'Oh, I look fantastic!' Of course I don't. Nobody is perfect. I just don't believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, 'This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!' I'm proud of that."
Following the birth of her second child earlier this year, Pink posted a gym selfie on Instagram with an important message for women with insecurities about their post-baby bodies. "Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese," the singer wrote. "I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I’m feeling is myself."
And reminding women that their measurements are no more than a number, she added: “Stay off that scale ladies!”
When Hilary Duff gave birth to her son Luca back in 2012, she told Us Weekly about how she staved off any negative thoughts she had about her body following pregnancy. "I think if you ask any pregnant mom, they're like 'I want my body back,' but it takes time," she said. "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 while Hilary admitted that at that stage she wasn't quite "where I want to be eventually" body-wise, she was being sensible about what she could manage. "I'm breast-feeding, so you have to be careful and not do anything too drastic," she said.
Eight months after having her first daughter James, actress Blake Lively had to don a bikini on the daily while she filmed movie In The Shallows. And to look at her, you wouldn’t have guessed she'd had a baby that year. But Blake made no bones about the fact her post-baby body transformation wasn't something that happened naturally.
"I focused on training and eating well. It took two different trainers and a nutritionist to help me get into that sort of shape because it's not normal to look like that eight months after having a kid," she told The Sun, adding: "Women put pressure on themselves to look like a Victoria's Secret model after having a baby. It's absolutely absurd. It was my job to look that way."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.