What America Ferrera Misses About Her Pre-Pregnancy Body Might Surprise You
It has nothing to do with stretch marks.
The dialogue surrounding post-pregnancy body image tends to be all about stretch marks and excess weight. But America Ferrera has struggled to accept something else entirely: losing her strength. In a cover interview for Health's December issue, Ferrera addressed how she feels about her body six months after giving birth to her son Baz.
While she says she admires her body's ability to do new things-like breastfeed-she misses other skills that it has lost. (Related: Why This Fitness Influencer Accepts That Her Body Hasn't Bounced Back Seven Months After Pregnancy)
"There are parts of it that I love and also parts of it that are super challenging," the Superstore actress and producer told the mag. "I'm just now starting to feel like I want to feel strong in my body again. I didn't work out as much as I imagined I would during my pregnancy. I was in triathlon shape when I got pregnant. I had so much on my plate and something had to give."
ICYMI, Ferrera found a new love for fitness and the outdoors after training for her first triathlon two years ago. Discovering what her body could do transformed her body image. "I didn't do the training to change my body or to lose weight, but afterward, I felt different about my body," she previously told Shape. "I gained a huge amount of gratitude for my health and what my body does for me." (Related: This Video of America Ferrera Will Make You Want to Take Up Boxing)
Even though getting back into exercise has been a gradual process, Ferrera has made a point to appreciate the journey. In a series of Instagram stories, she revealed that she chose hot yoga as her first postpartum workout and that it took a "SHIT TON of gratitude" for her "amazing body" to get her through the class, according to Romper.
Though physically, she may not be as fit as she was pre-pregnancy, her resolve is strong as ever: A few weeks after giving birth, she dove into trying to fight the family separation policy that had just been announced. "It was a relief to know that who I am at my core was not altered...In a way, having [Baz] made everything more important," she told Health. Given that level of commitment, accomplishing her physical strength goals can't be that far off.