On pregnancy weight gain and the pressure to lose weight:
I gained, I think, 65 pounds when I was pregnant. And I will say to moms out there, “Don’t stress about losing it. It will happen when it happens. Cam’s 9 months, so it’s been a minute, and we’re working, and we’re traveling, and it’s just about maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle, not obsessing about it. I think that’s one thing I would like to convey to moms everywhere. It’s not about this ‘get skinny quick’ diet or these fads. Just enjoy time being a mom. You’ve just had this wonderful, magical moment, and you shouldn’t be stressing about that kind of stuff.
‘If you’re really worried, ‘Spanx are amazing,’ she joked. ‘Thank you to the inventor of that.’
As far as beauty, I think it comes back down to the foundation of knowing that you are a mother and you now support this child, and you’re beautiful in your skin. Part of the problem that we have is that we’re constantly telling these new moms to lose weight and look good and do this and do that, instead of just letting them be moms and enjoy having a child, and having their family, and having this new role in your life! It’s one of the hardest, if not the hardest, job in the world, and all the emphasis is placed on everything else as opposed to what’s important, which is loving your baby, and loving yourself and your body. My biggest tip is to know that you are beautiful and know that you are wonderful, and absolutely amazing for raising a child.
… says 32 year-old Vanessa.
Pictured: before her pregnancy (left), 8 months pregnant (center) and now (right).