Actress Zoe Saldana has some strong words for females who are trying to get back into shape following the birth of their babies. First-and-foremost, she says that the whole process takes time and shouldn’t be rushed but was also quick to condemn the notion of a size zero post-baby figure.
The naturally slender Star Trek star recently gave birth to twins Cy and Bowie and spoke of the pressures she said she knew women in her industry faced – particularly when it came to shedding post-baby weight.
“Throughout the years that I’ve been in this business, there are women that hide in a cave and they don’t come out until they’re a size zero,” she said, adding that this was sending the wrong message to women. “That is a very misleading message to send out to women. And that should concern us. We’re too busy thinking about our appearances and not thinking about our mental health first as well,” she told the LA Times.
Saldana offers sound advice, though is it any wonder that woman grow so concerned about their appearance, with all the pregnancy body-shaming we’ve heard about lately? Women, particularly in the public eye, are constantly being critiqued and criticised (Kim Kardashian and Jamie King to name a few) before they have even given birth, which is frankly, horrific.
Her advice to new mothers was to take a step back: “I feel bad for those women that get super desperate and want to bounce back three months after having a baby,” she added. “Stay home. Sleep. Your kid is only three months old! Like what are you going to the gym for? Catch up on f—ing reruns of some sort!’” This woman is talking major sense and said that she took a leaf out of her own book.
“I definitely took a break,” she went on. “And I trusted that my body was going to bounce back when it was ready. I never wanted to push myself. I’m the most beautiful woman to my husband, so he tells me (or I will kill him), so I didn’t have this anxiety to bounce back.”
Having documented some of her post-baby journey via social media, Saldana said she hoped she was able to help other women. “All these women were just reaching out, and I was accepting their support, and I wanted to share that,” she continued. “Especially now with the web, there’s so many beautiful things that we can say. I always find myself asking, like, ‘What is it that I do want to say? Do I just want to like fake a selfie?’ There has to be a little more depth.’”
Via LA Times