Katherine Heigl Isn't Stressing Her Post-Baby Body 'Despite' 50-lb Weight Gain

Katherine Heigl with son Josh Jr.

Society's hyper-focus on the outer self has always made it difficult for expectant mothers to navigate their pregnancies without feeling the need to step on a scale. And as a result, many new moms feel continual pressure to shed pounds that does more harm than good. Katherine Heigl's honest post about her postpartum weight loss is relatable for any mom struggling to love herself, and it challenges us to invoke our "body pride."


As easy as it is to roll our eyes at celebrities opening up about their struggles, Katherine's "Baggage: My Postpartum Weight Loss Journey" post on her Those Heavenly Days blog is refreshing food for the soul served with a side of keeping it real.

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Katherine Heigl baby

"In the seven months since Joshua Jr. was born, I have managed to slowly but surely drop my pregnancy weight with only 10 pounds left to lose," the 38-year-old actress reveals in her post. "I gained almost 50 pounds during my pregnancy and I'm not gonna lie, I had moments of sheer panic that I'd never be able to lose it all."

Katherine, who gave birth for the first time last December (she and husband Josh Kelley are also proud parents to Nancy, 8, and Adalaide, 5, whom they adopted), isn't afraid to go there -- admitting she had dreams of gaining no more than 30 pounds during her pregnancy, but noticed her "weight kept creeping up" even though she worked out five days a week and followed a meal plan.

And rather than beat herself up about gaining weight her body needed to house life in her womb, this mom changed her thinking for the better.

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"At a certain point, probably around 4 months, I gave up the struggle and tried instead to respect my body's needs and trust my instincts," Heigl writes in her blog post.

Now seven months postpartum and 10 pounds shy of losing the 50 pounds she gained, Katherine is absolving herself of feeling guilt and embracing her "glorious imperfections," a lesson she hopes to pass to her daughters.

Katherine Heigl with kids

"The years of deprivation, counting every single calorie, completely eliminating major food groups and setting unreasonable weight goals are over. None of those things ever really worked for me and only fostered an unhealthy, resentful relationship with my body, an attitude that I do not want to pass on to my daughters. There was something about my pregnancy and post pregnancy body that instilled a sense of body pride in me and a freedom from body-shaming that has been such a persistent part of my life for so long. It was the most natural and healthy thing in the world to put on weight during my pregnancy and allowing my body to shed it slowly, gracefully and healthfully feels ... good."

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