Jennifer Garner, 48, shares son Samuel Garner and daughters Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, and Violet Anne with ex-husband Ben Affleck.
Jennifer Garner, 48, always keeps it real, when it comes to herself and her family. She has openly acknowledged she was a nerdy teenager and her goofy personality is still a big part of her. One of the things she focuses on is being a mom. Garner, who is a mother to three kids, often talks about the challenges of being a mom as well. There is no shame in opening up about the difficulties and joys of motherhood.
The 13 Going on 30 actress opened up about her body on an episode of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, as per People. As an actress, it is important to be fit and even then her body didn't go back to what it used to be. She told Giovanna Fletcher that while some women's bodies "bounce right back" after having kids she's just "not one of them." This is one of the most relatable things that any mother can experience because we all know how hard it is to lose the pregnancy weight.
"There are some incredible women whose bodies just, no matter how many babies they have, they bounce right back to that slim-hipped, no stomach," she explained. "It's incredible. I have so many girlfriends who have that physique, and I'm so happy for them. I am not one of them. That is not my gig."
Garner shares son Samuel Garner, 9, and daughters Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 12, and Violet Anne, 15, with ex-husband Ben Affleck. When someone like her talks about how hard it is to go back to our old selves, she makes it easier for the other women as well. It helps to know that we aren't the only ones going through this.
"I can work really hard, and I can be really fit and I will still look like a woman who's had three babies, and I always will," said Garner. The Yes Day actress is not ashamed of her body. Even in the past, she's talked about it.
"I am not pregnant, but I've had three kids and there is a bump. From now on, ladies, I will have a bump, and it will be my baby bump. Let's just all settle in and get used to it. It's not going anywhere. Its name is Violet, Sam, and Sera," she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014.
She had also added that she is not looking to have another child. "Forever and ever, not another baby," Garner joked of her belly. "Just a bump like a camel. But just in reverse," she added.
The pressure to be perfect can be too much for people in Hollywood and for others. In that space, Garner is a welcome breathe of fresh air. She is helping everyone normalize post-baby bodies when the pressure to lose that bump can be intense on some people.
Other celebrities have also spoken about their postpartum bodies in the past. The Bachelor alumni Ali Fedotowsky-Manno revealed that her "body has changed in many ways, but I think my biggest insecurities lie around my stomach and my chest." She wrote in her blog, AliLuvs.com, "I definitely have a pouch of belly fat that wasn’t there before I got pregnant... and the skin around my stomach is extremely loose. I can grab a fistful of it with my hand and stretch it out. It’s the weirdest thing! Sometimes I wonder if it will ever go back to normal. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Either way, I’m learning to be kinder to myself every day."
Hilaria Baldwin, a mother-of-6, said, "We all come in different shapes, sizes, and health experiences... but given the right love and care, we can feel really good within our skin... We just have to be patient and kind with our bodies. …I have so much respect and admiration for the human body... I hope that intention shines through and we can inspire each other to be healthier and happier."
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