By Alesandra Dubin
October 08, 2014
Jennifer Garner Confirms She Has a Baby Bump! (But It's Not What You Think) 26822

Actress Jennifer Garner went on Ellen Degeneres' show to confirm the rumors once and for all: Yes, she has a baby bump. But no, she is not expecting baby number four with husband Ben Affleck!

The star said, "I get congratulated all the time by people that I know, saying, 'I hear you're pregnant!'... So I asked around and apparently I have a baby bump. And I'm here to tell you that I do! I do have a baby bump." At that, the crowd went nuts with applause.

But Garner hastened to clarify. "Hold up, I am not pregnant. But I have had three kids and there is a bump," she said. "From now on, ladies, I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. Let's just all settle in and get used to it. It's not going anywhere."

Watch the awesome clip here.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to a celebrity mama who actually cops to the physical realities of postpartum life!

Sure, some people—thanks to a combination of genetics, effort, and a merciful pregnancy—bounce right back to a flat stomach after delivery. But others, apparently like thrice-pregnant Garner (although, I hadn't noticed) continue to struggle with a round tummy.

And no, I'm not talking about carrying around a few extra pounds—a simplistic understanding of what goes into the postpartum appearance. I'm talking about diastasis recti, the separation of the abdominal muscles common after multiple pregnancies—or a pregnancy with multiples, as I had. That's a major culprit behind a belly that may still look pregnant long after delivery, and it's something that's not widely discussed or understood. But it should be.

It might be a little too optimistic to think that one star's appearance on a daytime talk show might actually shed light on a matter troubling to many moms, no matter the age of their kids. But hey, any awareness—especially coming from such an unlikely source as Hollywood—is a step in the right direction toward a mom-friendlier society!

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