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By Erin Clements

Kerry Washington welcomed her first child, daughter Isabelle Amarachi, in April 2014, and the "Scandal" star has no desire to "go back" to her pre-pregnancy figure.

In the September issue of Self, the proud mom revealed her pet peeve when it comes to the expectations placed on new mothers' post-baby bodies.

“A few weeks ago, my manager asked: ‘Do you feel like you’re back? I feel like you’re back,’" Washington, 38, said. "She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life.’”

Kerry Washington
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The actress added, “I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”

Kerry Washington
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Washington did, however, stress the importance of finding time for fitness.

"I try to get it in so I can be back with my kid early," she said. "I have to take care of myself in order to live life the way I want to. It’s important to have rest days. But in the long run, if I don’t work out for, like, three days, I feel worse, not better.”

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Earlier this year, Washington opened up about motherhood in an interview with Marie Claire, revealing her hopes for her baby girl.

"I just want [daughter Isabelle] to know that she's heard," she said. "Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want. When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I've made, all of which I'm grateful for, it's because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn't or wouldn't be. I see you, I hear you, I'm with you as you are."