Actress Amy Adams had a baby 7 months ago. In an article in Saturday’s Parade magazine, the 36-year-old actress — who’s currently starring in The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale — said she’s not obsessing about getting back to pre-pregnancy physical form. Her career will eventually demand it, she acknowledges. But it’s not at the top of her list right now, and she doesn’t plan to put it there anytime soon.
“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body — meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit,” she said.
Adams felt especially lucky to have had such a positive experience with pregnancy after her challenging role as the mother of a stillborn baby in the 2005 Movie Junebug. It was hard for the actress not to feel the echoes of that character when she became pregnant herself. How did she get over it? Research. A self proclaimed “bit of a nerd like that,” Adams educated herself about pregnancy through reading and grilling others about their experiences.
Her confidence grew throughout pregnancy, both emotionally and physically. Adams says pregnancy made her feel better about her body, more powerful and purposeful, and that attitude has carried her through the last seven months as well.
The actress also talked about her unmedicated childbirth in People magazine which sparked a huge debate about childbirth, celebrities and more. The first commenter said “yay, a celebrity that had a normal birth! so awesome” and triggered dozens of women battling over what defines normal in birth and in celebrity.
Check out the article on Amy and ensuing debate here.
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