Penelope Cruz Is the Hottest New Mom Ever


penelope cruz post-baby oscarThe Oscars are soooo last week. Old news. Mama-to-be Natalie Portman still won, she’s still glowing, her bump is still bumpalicious, and Mike Huckabee still has a problem with her. But never mind all that. What do I really want to talk about? Penelope Cruz and her hot post-baby bod.

Penelope shows up one month -- that's a mere 30 days -- after giving birth to son Leo. She didn't wear some flowing, lump-forgiving, post-baby body smock. Nope. She rocked a figuring-hugging, not-gonna-let-you-eat-one-extra-bite-of-scone dress by L'Wren Scott.

She looked amazing. She looked gorgeous. She looked not normal for a mom only one month after giving birth.

Your sister can tell you. Your best girlfriend can tell you. Your ob-gyn can tell you. But as much as other moms and the dude at the corner deli will warn you, you won’t believe your body will take as long as it does to get back to normal ... if it ever does (hello, stretch marks #1-33). It’s cool. You see other moms at the playground, with babies about your age, in various stages of body recovery. We’ve all been there, done that, adjusted to our new bodies (kind of).

But then we see Penelope at the Oscars. Just 30 days after birth, seriously looking like most of us on our best A-plus days. I know, she has a team of fashion people who know all of the “tricks” but, shoot, it’s just not fair.

Life isn’t fair, and we have to remember it’s not her fault. It’s not her fault she’s got a team of miracle workers. It’s not her fault we spend priceless seconds, minutes, hours discussing what celeb has cellulite, who named their kid a wonko name, and our latest mommy confession. That’s our job.

Penelope’s job? Looking hot at the Oscars. She has to show directors, producers, movie executives there (and watching at home) that’s she back in business. How she looks is part of her job. Think of these pics as a free press release saying, “Hello, Hollywood! I’m back!”

See, when I look at it that way, that she’s just doing her job, my esteem doesn't feel so low.

How long did it take your body to recover from pregnancy?


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Cryst... CrystalCloud

She is always beautiful. It took a month for my stomach to go completely down and 4 months to get back to my pre preegnancy weight for both of my pregnancies and they are 14 months apart.

Heart... HeartCharmMama

Still feel like some of my body is recovering and it's been 9 months!!  Hellooooo Dulcolax!!! The extra baby weight was long gone when baby was three weeks.  And let me say, I couldn't be happier that the bruised tailbone healed a couple months ago. :D

nonmember avatar Meg

I'm a big fan of the exercise through pregnancy helped me get back into pre-baby clothes & down to my pre-prego weight in a month. My body's still different than it was before, but I feel great about it!

nonmember avatar L&K'sMom

Penelope looks great! That dress is perfect because it showcases her cleavage and distracts from any stomach pooch she might still have left. Too bad I can't rock the sequins out on the playground... But I don't think its crazy that the celebs are back in shape in a short time. I didn't have any help but by watching my weight gain and exercising throughout the pregnancy, I was able to get back into my pre-maternity clothes within 4-6 weeks of both births.

rebec... rebeccagrace11

I've never been pregnant, but everyone says that if you are in good shape before the baby then your body can bounce back much more quickly. I hope that's the case when I get pregnant! 

FourK... FourKidsSoFar

I was back in my pre-pregnancy clothes within a week of giving birth with all my children.

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