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16 Celebrity Moms Who Were Honest & Real About Their Baby Weight

Celebrities Dwyer Frame Mar 16, 2016

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The joys of giving birth can quickly dissipate when we open our favorite celebrity magazine to see a star bouncing back from pregnancy in what seems like days, leaving our confidence at rock bottom. But not all celebrities take the hardcore approach and rock a six-pack weeks after giving birth. In fact, many stars, such as Pink and Hilary Duff, are downright real and inspiring, sharing the honest truth about what it's like post-pregnancy.

Every woman and every woman's body is different. We're individuals, after all. So after having a baby, there are a million plus ways we recover and rebound in body, mind, and spirit, and for most of us, everything takes time. A lot of time. 

Pregnancy and its aftermath take their toll in a variety of ways -- they can (and mostly likely will) zap our energy and ability to remember a dang thing, and while many women will lose the pounds they gained in pregnancy, some won't and probably not one of us will look the same as we did before pregnancy, no matter what we do. And that's okay! It's normal. We grew and gave birth to human beings! 

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Celebs are no different, but only some of them will speak openly about it. These 16 celebrities took the time they needed to lose the baby weight, focusing instead on what was best for themselves and their newborns, not the number on a scale or the opinions of others. 

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2Kelly Clarkson

She has faced her share of body-shamers online, but Kelly Clarkson doesn't let her weight define her, telling Redbook magazine eight months after her daughter was born, "I don't obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it." Thank you, Kelly, for being so downright real!

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3Hilary Duff

This girl gets it! Hilary Duff didn't expect miracles post-birth and is proud of what she created, saying, "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."

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5Kristen Bell

Don't stress is Kristen Bell's baby weight loss mantra. She confronted Hollywood's impossible standards with her tweet "I'm proud to sit out of the baby weight rat race." 

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6Kerry Washington

We like her style! Kerry Washington takes the no-stress approach to baby weight loss, telling E!, “I’ve always been a person who really approaches health in a proactive way. I work out, I eat right, so those were the things I continued to do once the doctor said I could, but not to be crazy about it. I’m breastfeeding, so I can’t starve myself.”

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10Pink

She wasn't mad with her body, she was impressed with the accomplishment of birth. Pink eventually lost the 55 pounds she gained during pregnancy, but she didn't rush to get there. She opened up to People magazine, saying, "[But] it was slow because I literally couldn’t even do a sit-up. 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.”

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11Jennifer Love Hewitt

Setting priorities like caring for her baby and not obsessing about weight was Jennifer Love Hewitt's goal. She focused on eating for the baby and starting to focus on a healthy eating relationship for her daughter. 

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13Jenna Fischer

Actress Jenna Fischer admits that losing baby weight is not easy, telling People magazine, “It’s taken me every day of 10 months to lose the weight. I did it slowly and I did it moderately ... but if there’s one thing I could do for a new mom, it’d be to alleviate her of any guilt or any stress over the idea of having her body look a certain way.”

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14Selma Blair

Sometimes the scale never goes back to where it once was. Shortly after giving birth to her son, Selma Blair admitted to Cosmopolitan magazine, "Momma likes to eat. Momma is in no rush to look beautiful anytime soon."

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15Alyson Hannigan

This couldn't be more IRL. Alyson took to Twitter to write, “I think by Hollywood standards I’m supposed to be in bikini shape now that my baby is 4 weeks old. ... My workout goal: Food drops in lap, not on belly.”

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16Alyssa Milano

Even when Alyssa Milano was pregnant, she wasn't afraid to gain weight. "A female body is not made to look good in a bikini," Milano said to Fit Pregnancy. "It's made to give birth and have a baby and be a cozy companion for it afterward. And for my body, that meant putting on a lot of weight." 

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