Kerry Washington Doesn't Want Her Pre-Baby Body 'Back' & Here's Why

kerry washingtonScandal star Kerry Washington may have had a baby Isabelle back in April 2014, but Kerry is not trying to "bounce back" from her pregnancy, according to an interview she did with Self.

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"I've been really focused on not being 'back' to anything, but being the best version of myself right now," says the mom, who's married to former pro football player Nnamdi Asomugha.

Granted, this certified yoga instructor has not ditched working out.
She just doesn't take it all so seriously.

"I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to," she says. "It’s important to have rest days. But in the long run, if I don't work out for, like, three days, I feel worse, not better."

Nonetheless, she maintains that she's not trying to turn back time.

"My body is the site of a miracle now," she says. "I don't want to be pre-miracle."

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Hear, hear! Even though Kerry works out -- I wouldn't expect her not to -- it's still admirable that she tries to ditch the whole language of "bouncing back" from pregnancy. Because that idea is everywhere, so ingrained in our consciousness, we almost take it for granted that that's what moms should all try to do. Only why?

Kerry has highlighted a really good point -- how this battle against the post-pregnancy bulge isn't just about pounds. It's against words, because the words we use to describe our bodies matter. And maybe it really is time to purge the term "bounce back" from the conversation for good.

And speaking of good words to use more of, I love how Kerry sees her body as a "site of miracle" because giving birth truly is just that: a miracle. If more moms start talking like that instead of using terms like "bounce back," maybe we could stop being so hard on ourselves -- and each other.

 

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