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11/08/2016

Blake Lively and Anne Hathaway on embracing their post-baby bodies

As the actresses express their exhaustion with the “unfair” pressures of bouncing back, we look at 3 important things for new mums to remember.It’s the topic of many interviews between new Hollywood-mamas.

Questions are thrown at A-listers like Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen, asking how on earth they managed to bounce back so quickly after giving birth!?

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But as Blake Lively responds to those same questions on the promo trail for her latest film The Shallows, instead of giving away her workout secrets and diet tips, the blonde beauty seems to have a different answer.

“It’s so unfair though, because it’s so celebrated,” the 28-year-old said in response to a comment on her incredible body in the film, which was bikini clad eight months after welcoming her first daughter.

“It’s like, this is what someone can look like after a baby. I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing.”

The Gossip Girl actress went on, “You don’t need to be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer.”

“I mean, you gave birth to a human being! So I would really like to see that celebrated.”

This week, Anne Hathaway also penned a touching message to new mummies out there, reiterating that despite Hollywood standards, it’s okay to gain weight during and after having a baby.

Beside an Instagram snap of her DIY jean shorts, the brunette beauty wrote, “There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all).”

The Les Miserables star went on: “There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs.”

“Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.)”

This message of encouragement isn’t the first time Anne has opened up about the changes to her physique after welcoming her son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, back in March.

Not long after, the 33-year-old told Ellen DeGeneres that despite her setbacks in the gym, she was happy in herself, and so others should be too.

“I normally walk in [my West Hollywood gym] and feel so intimidated,” she said.

“But [now] I walk in, I’m like, ‘Yeah I work out with five-pound weights, but I pushed a baby out of my body. I feel good right now.’”

In light of Blake and Anne’s positive mission to celebrate women in all their glory after welcoming children, we’ve rounded up the three important ways new mums can take care of themselves after birth.

1. Give yourself some credit

You just welcomed an actual human being into the world. As far as we’re concerned, you are a real life superhero! You just gave the gift of life. Now it’s time to give yourself some love.

2. Accept and own your changes

Take a page out of Reese Witherspoon’s book, and own those little changes to your body after childbirth.

"I am covered in stretch marks and cellulite but it doesn't bother me at all. My body will never be the same again but I really don't care," the mother-of-three once mused.

3. Hit the gym when you’re ready

Of course, there is no pressure to begin working on your fitness after having a baby, but if getting back into shape is indeed your aim, post-partum fitness options are available.

Doctors recommend easing back into a fitness routine after 6-8 weeks, citing methods such as yoga and Pilates as a great way to rebuild core strength.

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