Celebrities always make pregnancy look so easy. While most of us bristle at the thought of sporting a two-piece or even heels during our third trimester, they think nothing of hitting the beach in a bikini or shopping in stilettos. It's as though pregnancy carries a different set of symptoms for them. So it was nice to finally hear a star talk about pregnancy in a way we can all relate to. Salma Hayek recently revealed that she felt "disfigured" while carrying daughter Valentina in 2007 and that's a feeling many of us moms are all too familiar with.
Being pregnant definitely has its share of beautiful moments, but there are plenty of body-confidence crushing ones too. In the new issue of Glam Bellaza Latina, Salma was honest about how she felt as her body changed as the months went by. Gaining 50 pounds made her feel horrible at first.
It was an incredibly humbling experience for the A-list bombshell, known for her incredibly sexy curves. "I gained so much weight, I got an opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different ways — for a very good reason — and I don't regret it for a second," she said. "That's when I started appreciating my body. The things that I used to criticize, they were not that bad after all."
I understand exactly what she went through. Long before becoming a mother, I would fret about my stomach (then much flatter) and thighs (then much sleeker). I would put a cover-up over my swimsuit, hated wearing shorts, complained endlessly about my not-toned-enough arms. Now I wish I had that body I so often picked apart.
I love her unflinching honesty whereas most stars go on and on about loving being pregnant, like Halle Berry and Vanessa Lachey. That's just not a reality for many of us who thought pregnancy was uncomfortable or even painful. Salma also talked about the tremendous amount of pressure we women are under to be perfect -- not just as parents or professionals, but also in the way we look. Those expectations are exhausting and unfair. So true. It's so great to hear, not because we want pregnant women or new moms to feel this way. I certainly wish it weren't the case. But it's nice to hear that you are not alone.
Can you relate to Salma's feelings about pregnancy?
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