No woman should be attacked for her postbaby body -- and these confident celebrity mamas refuse to let critiques of their mom-bods get them down. We're inspired by their awesome body-after-baby attitudes, and you will be, too!
The Walking Dead star Alanna Masterson struck back at social media trolls shaming her for her post-baby and breastfeeding body. Masterson, who gave birth to her daughter last year, had enough of people weighing in on her looks on the Internet. "Before you decide to make a comment about my chest being 'too large' or how 'fat' I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life," she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post featuring her daughter. She pulled no punches, calling out commentors as "judgmental bullies" and explaining, "I would've gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow." The proud mama fights zombies in a post-apocalyptic world onscreen but off-screen, she's a major boss: Her Insta caption ended with a perfect postscript, "P.S. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts." You go, Alanna! Keep killing it.
Not even 24 hours after her second son, Leonardo, was born, Hilaria Baldwin posted a pic of her post-baby body on Instagram to make a point about body image after pregnancy. She wrote in the caption, “In the age of such strong body shaming, I want to do all that I can to normalize a real body and promote healthy self-esteem.” The 32-year-old mother-of-three’s Instagram is full of gems—beautiful moments with her kids and husband Alec Baldwin—but this raw shot is a shout-out to mamas everywhere to have confidence in their bodies after labor. The yoga instructor/mommy extraordinaire said she was nervous to bare it all so soon after giving birth, but she pushed aside her worries to make a statement. “I love to show the process of life's experiences on the body,” she noted in the photo’s caption, adding that she plans to document how her body continues to change in her newborn's first year, #nofilter style. Love it!
Okay, Anne Hathaway is basically winning at life. Not only is she an Oscar-winning actress, but she gave birth to her first son, Jonathan Rosebanks, in March, and even given the immense pressure in Hollywood to bounce back into red carpet-worthy shape after baby, the star has managed to maintain a healthy body image. "I think shape is an ongoing thing in everybody's life,” Hathaway recently told People magazine, adding, “So, I'm not trying to recapture something that was. I'm going with what it is now." She went on to confide, "Some things I guess are the same as they were, and other things are a little bit different. I'm just so proud of what the changes signify. So, there's no rush to do anything. I'm so happy being here." Her comments come on the heels of an inspiring Instagram post Hathaway shared over the summer about accepting her new post-baby body. “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,” she wrote, adding, “Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)” Did we mention you’re our hero, Anne?
Eva Mendes, you are our #lifegoals. Not only is your partner none other than the immensely talented and, ahem, very good-looking Ryan Gosling, but you are a working mama to two baby girls, Amada Lee, 4 months, and Esmeralda Amada, age 2. And you refuse to fall to the pressures to snap back into shape post-baby. “I try to take care of myself as far as eating right and things like that, but especially so soon after a baby, I’m like, ‘It’s okay, I don’t need to fit into my jeans for a while, I’m all right,’’ Mendes said in an interview recently, according to People magazine, adding, “Maybe if I never fit into my original jeans, it’s fine. It’s all good.” Somehow we’re feeling a little better about fitting in our skinny jeans now, too. Thanks, Eva!
Liv Tyler isn’t about to let Hollywood pressure to snap back into shape post-baby take away from her enjoyment of her newborn. The actress recently told People magazine about her super-realistic get-in-shape strategy following the birth of her daughter, Lula. "Just be kind to yourself,” she advised, adding, “Everyone is different. Everyone's body is different, everyone's birth experience is different. Some people's body type is that they totally look normal right after [birth], and [for] others, it takes many months.” No matter what your body type is, Tyler says the first few months with baby should be about focusing on your health, and that of your baby, and bonding. Sounds like a plan we can follow, Liv!
Pregnant mom-of-one Blake Lively wants us to shift our focus from praising post-baby bikini bodies to celebrating the amazing things women are capable of doing with their bodies—namely, giving birth! During an appearance on the Australian morning show Sunrise, Lively addressed those admiring her fit physique after she had her daughter James. “It’s so unfair though,” she said. “It’s like, this is what someone can look like after a baby. I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing.” She added: “You don’t need to be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer! I mean you gave birth to a human being! So I would really like to see that celebrated.” Amen, Blake!
Ginger Zee is embracing her post-baby body. In fact, she says she’s never felt better! “I am so healthy and happy right now,” the “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight with David Muir” meteorologist told PEOPLE.
Zee, who battled anorexia as a teen, always struggled with body image, but after nine months of pregnancy and giving birth to son Aidan Benjamin in December, she says she has a whole new appreciation for her body. “I think having a baby was a huge part of it because your body changes like crazy. You become someone else,” she says. “Yes, you gain weight, but it’s for such a beautiful reason. You realize life is a lot more than what you look like.”
After a successful third-place finish on “Dancing with the Stars,” Zee wasn’t even bothered when she learned she’d only lost 2 lbs. during her run on the show. “It made me feel better that all those years when I thought, 'If I just work out more, I'll lose weight,' I was wrong," she says. "Apparently I'm just supposed to be 138 lbs., and that's good."
Alyssa Milano hasn't lost all of her baby weight yet—nor is she in any rush. Instead, the mom of two is giving herself 18 months to hit what she calls her "happy weight."
"It's the weight where you feel happy," she told People. "I couldn't call it a goal weight, because there's so many variables you don't really know what a goal weight is, especially when you're 43 and just had a baby. I don't know if I'm going to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm breastfeeding also, that's a big part of it, so I just call it my happy weight."
Right on, Alyssa! We love her realistic approach! In fact, the actress thinks it's actually kind of ridiculous that women feel the need to be pin-thin post-pregnancy, and points to all the Hollywood moms who make it look so easy as part of the problem—at least for her.
"I didn't feel pressure from within the industry," she said. "Any pressure that I felt was from seeing other celebrities get down to their [pre-]baby weight in two weeks, and I know that for me that's just not in my makeup, biologically. There is no way I could have dropped all the baby weight in two weeks, I don't know how they do it!"
New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has shared some refreshing thoughts about post-baby bodies since welcoming her first child Elsie Otter with her husband Jacob Pechenik.
"To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd," she told People magazine. "Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human — there's a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around, for Christ's sake!"
Well, Amen, Zooey! Thanks for putting this crazy expectation into perspective, and for calling out anyone who would think having a flat belly right after birthing a human is even remotely realistic.
Fat-shaming comments only make American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson stronger. When British TV personality Katie Hopkins tweeted mean-spirited messages about Clarkson's post-baby weight in February of this year, the Grammy-winning new mom of River Rose took the high road. "That's because she doesn't know me," Clarkson responded. "I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will. I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family -- I don't seek out any other acceptance."
In a May 2015 interview with Redbook, Clarkson reaffirmed that sentiment: "I don't obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it."
Is anyone surprised that outspoken rocker Pink put haters in their place when they critiqued images of her in a deep-V neck black gown? "You're referring to the pictures of me from last night's (Saturday) cancer benefit that I attended to support my dear friend Dr. Maggie DiNome," she responded. "She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer. But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you."
She added, "In fact, I feel beautiful. So, my good and concerned peoples, please don't worry about me [sic]. I'm not worried about me. And I'm not worried about you either. I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off."
Even better: This conversation with her daughter Willow: "Willow said to me the other day whilst grabbing my belly -- 'mama-why r u so squishy?' And I said..'b/cuz I'm happy baby.'"
Ben Affleck's better half gets our vote for Most Likely to Keep it Real. The Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day star and mom of three joked with Ellen DeGeneres that despite her permanent baby bump, there's no bun in her oven: "I get congratulated all the time by people that I know, saying, 'I hear you're pregnant!' You know, this one woman who had babysat for us said, 'OMG! I can't wait for baby No. 4!' and I thought, 'What is going on?' So I asked around and apparently I have a baby bump. And I'm here to tell you that I do -- I do!"
Garner immediately clarified: "I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump. From now on ladies, I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let's just all settle in and get used to it. It's not going anywhere. I have a bump. Its name is Violet, Sam, Sera."
Sure, Wilde's postbaby bod looks amazing, but the star recently wrote in Shape magazine that, one year after giving birth to son Otis, "I'm softer than I've ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot."
Making us love her even more: She copped to loving beer and pizza (us too!) and skipping workouts in favor of singing Itsy Bitsy Spider with Otis. And she's joked that one day she'll write a fictional book titled, How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood.
Everyone's favorite quirky Bohemian is, perhaps unsurprisingly, taking a laid-back, flower child approach to her postbaby bod. The mom of toddler Olive and baby Frankie told People magazine, "It took nine months to build [each baby]. It should take nine months to get off." Postpartum, she added, "I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn't want a barbell."
The star also told Glamour, "After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It's hard to stay positive and love yourself. You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything's saggy and weird. But you think about how beautiful it is that you're able to make children." Her tips for beating back body blues? "When I lose sight of [the important things], I exercise, read Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and spend time with my kids. Then I start to see things that are bigger than myself."
The Smash star has her priorities straight, and daughter Viola Philomena comes out way ahead of a salad and lemon water: "I'm not putting too much pressure on myself to get in great shape," she told People. "My first goal was to be there for Viola and make sure, since I'm breastfeeding that I wasn't starving myself so that she could get the best nutrients too...This is the one time in my life that I can give myself a break and not be so crazy about diet or exercise."
For Kristen Bell, one post-baby muffin top plus one pair of Spanx plus a dash of self-deprecation equals a healthy attitude about body after baby. While she told E! News that, yes, she is trying to lose her baby weight, she emphasized that it won't keep her up at night or "become the narrative of my life for the next year."
The mom of girls Lincoln and Delta confessed to donning surgical-grade compression garments under clothing to smooth any lumps, and tries to maintain a sense of sanity and realism in a world where Victoria's Secret models work the runway just weeks after popping out their mini catwalkers.
"I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse," she told Redbook. "Look, I'm like any other woman. All this evolved b.s. that I'm telling you is my mantra: It's not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that's just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size."
When OK! Magazine ran a cover photo of the oldest Kardashian daughter with nary a belly to be seen just days after she gave birth to first child Mason, she called them out. "They doctored and Photoshopped my body to make it look like I have already lost all the weight, which I have not," she said. Then she tweeted, "And I gained 40 pounds while pregs, not 26...But thanks!"
An outspoken breastfeeding proponent, Kourtney K. isn't afraid to give her hardworking tatas props, and even a gentle ribbing. We went gaga for her recent Instagram pic of herself pumping in a Las Vegas hotel room along with the hysterical tagline, "After the show it's the after party." Because being a mom sometimes means your body does crazy -- and amazing -- things.
Saldana is no stranger to people buzzing over her weight: The Avatar actress courted controversy in 2013 when she appeared on the cover of Allure magazine alongside the words, "115 pounds of grit and heartache."
But while pregnant with twin boys, Saldana gained 70 pounds, and she recently shared a frank and open account of her physical and emotional journey in a Facebook post in which she revealed that "bouncing back feels impossible."
"In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you've had that experience. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed...Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born." Now that sons Cy and Bowie are here, "I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work."
She gained weight while carrying daughter Harlow -- that's what happens when your body creates a human being. So when producers at Medium gave Arquette grief over her body and suggested she jettison any leftover baby chub before filming, the outspoken Southern belle took a stand.
"One of the producers said, 'Honey, you gotta do something about your weight'," Arquette remembers. "I said, 'Why? This [character] is a mother-of-three'. I'm sick of that image everywhere."
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Robyn Lawley is not down with people who think women should have to "bounce back" right away after having a baby. "The expectation of coming back to who you were before within moments or months is just not going to happen unless you are a freak of nature," she told Daily Mail Australia. "It does not happen like that. Your muscles have to come back together—my stomach muscles were separated and took nine months to come back."
The Australian supermodel gave birth to daughter Ripley in 2015 and said getting back in front of the camera afterwards was nerve-wracking. Still, she says she's in no rush to change. "I've come to a point where my body might be different forever and that's fine." She said. "I have more important things now. When I can, I will work out with a trainer or go to kickboxing classes. I like getting it in, but it's so hard when you have a child because you feel guilty. The more I can do with Ripley, the better."