Mama of three Reese Witherspoon has always seemed nice, normal and down-to-earth. Now there's new proof that, indeed, she may not be not so different from the rest of us: People reports recent confession that she's no bounce-back-in-6-weeks supermodel when it comes to losing the baby weight.
"I don't know if I'm bouncing back. I'm slowly crawling back," she told Extra at a recent event for the March of Dimes, adding, "You just have to be gentle and patient with yourself and slowly get back to your health."
Can we get a woo hoo?! We love this new trend of outspoken celeb mamas who aren't afraid to hang on to a few extra pounds of baby weight for more than a nanosecond.
Also on that list: Pink, who lost her baby weight in a healthy manner. People reports the 33-year-old mom to baby Willow Sage gained 55 pounds during her pregnancy -- and took her time shedding it.
"I love to feel fit," Pink tells People. "I love to feel healthy. I wasn't in a race. I was really kind to myself because I was actually really impressed with the fact that I had just had a baby, like 'I made a human!'"
Pink's baby weight philosophy seems in tune with The Office's Jenna Fischer. The mom of almost-one-year-old son Weston was recently quoted with this zinger on the topic of baby weight: "I'm actually angered by the 'posing in a bikini six weeks after having my baby' [trend] … Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let's celebrate!"
She recently told People this: "It's taken me every day of 10 months to lose the weight. I did it slowly and I did it moderately. It was important for me to lose it. I was a fit and active person before I had my son, but if there's one thing I could do for a new mom, it'd be to alleviate her of any guilt or any stress over the idea of having her body look a certain way."
Echoing Jenna is the lovely Kate Beckinsale, who recently told the UK version ofGlamour magazine: "Pregnancy changes a woman's body and should. It isn't normal to not look like you've had a baby immediately after you've had a baby. I was gigantic after I had Lily." The mama went on to say how she feels lucky to have given birth 13 years ago. "Britain wasn't so paparazzi-orientated. I was allowed to get on with it and enjoy my baby—and figure out what being a mother was all about instead of worrying about [fitting into] my f**king jeans."
Another celeb mama whose attitude we like: Hilary Duff. In July she was photographed while holding her 3-month-old son Luca, wearing a bathing suit. Her response (according to In Touch): "I'm not perfect, but I feel fantastic." And Christina Applegate fessed up earlier this year to wearing her maternity jeans a year post-baby—giving voice to belly-panel-loving moms everywhere. And Jessica Simpson said that despite her Weight Watchers deal, she didn't feel "any pressure" to drop the baby weight and wants to be healthy.
But the actions of new mom of three Jennifer Garner speak louder than words—wearing a mom bathing suit, mom jeans, and even ripped granny panties. We just love her incredible normal mom-ness. It's a healthy reminder that there are so many more important things than getting into your pre-pregnancy jeans.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.