Have you ever noticed the great irony in our approach to celebrity pregnancy—or really, all pregnancy in general? As soon as a female A-lister gets married or appears in a photo that barely implies the presence of a “bump”—when most of the time, it’s actually due to a ripple of clothing in the breeze or an unflattering angle—the calls that she must be pregnant are front-page news on tabloids everywhere. On the flip side, as soon as a woman gives birth, she’s expected to get back into pre-baby shape within a matter of weeks—the shorter the time, the more celebratory the headline.
Jennifer Aniston wrote about the first issue in a high-profile essay for Huffington Post last month, and now, Blake Lively is addressing the unfairness of the latter in a new interview.
See what the actress had to say on the subject below.
“It’s so unfair. It’s so celebrated,” Lively says of the idealized post-baby bod in a video for Sunrise. “‘This is what someone looks like after having a baby.’ And I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing.”
“You don’t have to be Victoria’s Secret–ready right away,” she adds. “You’ve just done this incredible miracle that life has to offer. You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated.” Hear, hear.
Watch the full video here, and see one of our own editor’s thoughts on saying goodbye to the pressure to lose weight. Plus, stock up on the supplements that make us feel like a million bucks—which should be the priority over ultra-defined abs anyway, in our opinion.