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Zooey Deschanel on Post-Baby Body Expectations: ‘You Just Grew a Human’

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Zooey Deschanel is not pleased. She’s tired of all the post-baby body expectations, and she’s not going to take it anymore. While it may seem obvious that a woman’s body isn’t going to be the same after giving birth (nor should it have to be), we all know Hollywood operates on another planet.

The Jewish mom is the feature in May’s Redbook issue, where she opens up about the ridiculous pressure new moms face when it comes to getting back to their “pre-baby bodies.” She stated:

“To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd. Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human—there’s a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around, for chrissakes!”

Deschanel also explained how having her daughter has changed her, especially when it comes to working–she’d just doesn’t feel the need to work as much as she used to, because she rather spend time with her family. She stated that slowing down has been a positive change for her:

“I’ve slowed things down a bit. I think it’s good for your whole self—your creative self, your professional self, and just your soul—to take a little time for yourself and your family. You can spend your whole life going after things, but I think you risk missing out on some really powerful self-reflection.”

As a woman, I appreciate Deschanel’s candidness on how being a mom has changed what she wants out of her career. So often, women are pressured to make choices they don’t feel are best for them–and unfortunately, sometimes our situations dictate them for us–but being honest is always refreshing regardless of our environment and choices.


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