She told Ashley Graham in an interview that struggling to lose weight changed her perspective.

By Renee Cherry
December 04, 2019

Giving birth is an eye-opening experience in many ways. For Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, trying to lose weight post-pregnancy was one aspect that didn't go as expected. (Related: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Shared Her Favorite Beauty Products to Buy On Amazon)

Huntington-Whiteley recently sat down with Ashley Graham for an episode of Graham's podcast, Pretty Big Deal. Graham, who's currently pregnant, brought up how her own body is changing, which led to a conversation about Huntington-Whiteley's pregnancy and motherhood. Huntington-Whiteley said that she gained around 55 pounds during her pregnancy and felt empowered in her body.

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After giving birth, though, she said she wanted to lose her pregnancy weight and found that doing so was harder than she'd anticipated. Despite going to the gym on a regular basis, Huntington-Whiteley said she simply wasn't seeing the progress she'd expected. "It was very humbling for me," she recalled.

Struggling to lose weight made Huntington-Whiteley second-guess how she'd doled out fitness advice before her pregnancy, she told Graham during their interview. "People always ask me about my body and my workout, and you hear yourself saying, 'You know, work out three times a week,'" she explained.

But now, Huntington-Whiteley said she's done with giving any blanket advice. "I just felt like, 'No, I can't tell people how to feel about their bodies, because everybody has a different experience,'" she told Graham. "And I will say working out in the gym and looking back at myself and feeling like sh*t, I was like, 'Now I realize how hard it is for some people to get to the gym.'" (Related: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Shared Her Full Nighttime Skin-Care Routine)

Another part of post-pregnancy life that Huntington-Whiteley didn't predict? Ugly commentary about her body. Months after giving birth, she starred in a shoot for her swim line. Paparazzi were present and the shoot was picked up by tabloids. "I was kind of taken aback by some of the comments that people had," Huntington-Whiteley told Graham. She said she was particularly upset by the "narrative around how women are 'supposed' to look." (Related: Cassey Ho Created a Timeline of "Ideal Body Types" to Illustrate the Ridiculousness of Beauty Standards)

"It was just kind of shocking to see someone write, 'Another body ruined after a baby.' You're like, 'What the f*ck?'" Huntington-Whiteley continued. "Really, are we still at this place where we have to have this pressure of bouncing back after a baby?"

Sadly that pressure is present as ever, even for women who don't have to deal with their bodies being picked apart in the press. But as Huntington-Whiteley told Graham, your body's postpartum appearance—let alone others' unsolicited opinions about it—isn't nearly as important as your well-being, not to mention that of your child. "I really want every mother to focus on herself, ultimately, but also the time with her child," she said on the podcast.

"Everybody gets back to a place where they feel good again," Huntington-Whiteley added. "I feel better now, and I feel a different respect for my body than I did before."

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