Culturally, we have a bit of an obsession with the post-baby body. Namely, all those enviable stories about celebrities, athletes, and Instagram fitness stars who hit runways, racetracks, and social media feeds just weeks after giving birth with a six pack. Don't get us wrong, there's no shame in celebrating a body you're proud of—post-baby or otherwise—but when a slim, trim post-baby body becomes the standard, it's easy to feel like there's something wrong with you if you don't fit the mold. Well, Kristen Bell has some words about that.
The actress and mom of two spoke to Today.com about her new movie Bad Moms, where she plays a frazzled new mom trying to fit in with the "perfect" squad of all-star PTA moms. Fitting with the movie's theme of drawing attention to the crazy and often unrealistic standards modern moms are held to, Bell had some inspiring words about a better way to celebrate post-baby bodies. "When I look down, even now, at the extra skin on my belly, it's a reminder that I've done something spectacular," said Bell, who gave birth to her second daughter back in December of 2014. "It's a reminder that I'm a superhero. And I'm proud of it." We love the focus on what her body can do, over how it looks (a lesson we all can learn from, whether or not children are part of the picture).
And as for the pressure to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight ASAP? "Who cares?" she said. "I didn't lose my baby weight for over a year." That confidence is just one of the 10 Reasons We Love Kristen Bell. Keep preaching that positivity.