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Scarlett Johansson Just Got Really Honest About The Downside Of Pregnancy

Scarlett Johansson just got very real about pregnancy. The actress, who recently launched a new skincare line called The Outset, opened up to Vanity Fair about the not-so-good feelings that can come along with being an expectant mom.

The mother-of-two gave birth to her son Cosmo last August and admitted that she was “protective” of her pregnancy because she didn’t want to feel scrutinized by the public.

“I wanted to be able to have my own feelings about my changing body without other people also telling me how they saw me, whether it was positive or negative,” she explained. “I realized when I was pregnant with my son, it’s funny how much stuff people put on you when you’re pregnant—their hopes or their judgment or their desire, a lot of that is put on pregnant women.”

In some ways, Johansson noted, the women’s empowerment movement has moved forward light years. When it comes to pregnancy, though, it “remains…in the Dark Ages,” because of all the harsh judgement hurled at women. 

While we applaud Johansson’s honesty, her conflicting feelings about pregnancy has been “scrutinized” by women close to her, which can get – understandably – frustrating. “It’s like, “Come on, girl, you’ve been through it,” she said.

The best possible response Johansson received from a friend when she announced she was pregnant with Cosmo?  “She was just like, ‘Oh sh*t. Great, but not great,'”  And I was like, ‘You’re a true friend.'”

Johansson and her husband, Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Jost, successfully managed to keep the pregnancy under wraps until Cosmo’s birth this past summer – which is pretty impressive given that Johansson went on a whole press tour for Black Widow during that time. Jost took to Instagram with a simple message: “Ok ok we had a baby. His name is Cosmo. We love him very much. Privacy would be greatly appreciated.”

We’re very here for Johansson taking as much private time as she needs and speaking truthfully about the many ups — and the many downs — of pregnancy. 

Childbirth is nothing like in the movies, as these beautiful photos show.

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