We knew the moment we heard that Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard were having a baby that they were quickly going to become one of our favorite pairs of celebrity parents—and we’re definitely not wrong. As if we needed yet another reason to love Kristen in particular comes this: Redbook’s September cover features the Veronica Mars star in all her post-baby glory—and no, she hasn’t lost all her baby weight, and yes, she is FINE with that. More than fine, in fact.
Jill Herzig, Redbook’s editor-in-chief, recently took to the Huffington Post to talk a little about what went into the cover story and shoot; it turns out that Kristen’s cover was originally planned for August and got moved to September when Baby Lincoln arrived a little later than she was expected to. “I counted the weeks to our cover shoot and rescheduled to give Kristen more time,” Jill writes. “I didn’t want Redbook to be part of the media meat grinder that pressures new mothers to torch off the weight while she’s also feeding and caring for a newborn.”
So when Kristen finally came in for the cover shoot, she was 11 weeks post-baby, and looking fabulous. The petite actress gained an absolutely normal 43 pounds while she was pregnant, of which she’s since shed 28 through healthy eating (fruits, veggies, protein shakes), low-impact exercise (the Bar Method), and breast-feeding—and the rest? Not something she’s planning on worrying about. Ever.
She told Jill during the shoot, “I’m going to continue working out and see where it goes. I’d like to get back down to where I was before the baby… but if this is where my body wants to be, so be it. I’m not going to make myself miserable for the rest of my life trying to get back to where I was before.” In a preview of the full interview, she continued, “I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse. Look, I’m like any other woman. All this evolved b.s. that I’m telling you is my mantra: It’s not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that’s just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”
THIS. SO MUCH THIS. WE NEED MORE OF IT. And does she look FABULOUS here or what?
As Jill concluded in her HuffPo piece, “It all worked out perfectly. Kristen got some extra weeks to adjust to the stresses—and enjoy the wonder—of motherhood. Redbook got a gorgeous cover. She looks fantastic, and if she never loses another pound, that’s just fine. She’s already pulled off a newsmaking reveal, and the headline is this: There are more important things to think about than stripping off the baby weight. Like, say, the baby.” Or, as Kristen Tweeted last week: “I like my Lincoln Leftovers because they’re proof I did something extraordinary. I gave life to my new BFF & she gave me a comical amount of midsection skin.”
I haven’t had any babies myself, but if I ever do, I really, REALLY hope I can maintain this sort of attitude about it. Healthy body, healthy thoughts. Love.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.