Anne Hathaway talks not losing post-baby weight and loving it

Aug 9, 2016 at 2:53 p.m. ET
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Whether she’s playing royalty in The Princess Diaries or Robert De Niro’s boss in The Intern, many can’t help but adore Anne Hathaway. Now, there’s even more reason to fangirl over her. The actress, who gave birth to her son Jonathan back in March, shared a post on Instagram yesterday that shows just how cool she is with her post-baby body.


“There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever),” Hathaway wrote. “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). 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.) Peace xx #noshame #lovewhatyouhavebeengiven."

This isn’t the first time Hathaway has spoken out about overcoming struggles with body image after giving birth. Back in May, she told Ellen DeGeneres that when she told a trainer at her gym that she had Jonathan only seven weeks prior, he responded with, “Oh, trying to lose the baby weight!” and she left the gym in tears. We can’t blame her! It’s alarming how tone-deaf and insensitive people can be to new moms — or any woman at the gym, for that matter — assuming she’s there to get thin and fast.

Thankfully, it sounds like just four short months into motherhood, Hathaway is extremely comfortable in her own skin — and her old jeans.

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Her message, while familiar, is something we could all stand to hear again because none of us are really immune from the pressure to have a perfectly toned, “straight-size” body throughout our lives, no matter what we’re going through mentally or physically. Oh, and not to mention that gaining weight during pregnancy is normal. (In general, if you’re average weight before getting pregnant, your health care provider will likely recommend gaining 25 to 35 pounds during your pregnancy. Overweight women are advised to gain 15 to 25 pounds, and underweight anywhere from 28 to 40 pounds.)

At the same time, feeling self-conscious about your body during and after your first pregnancy is completely normal too. But choosing to love yourself, no matter what size or shape you are in, should really be the ultimate goal. Awesome to see that Hathaway has managed to do that — and is encouraging us all to do the same.

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