There are those mommies that have the blink-and-miss pregnancy, where they remain indoors for most of the time, and make appearances only to make you wonder when they’ll start showing like us lesser mortals; yes, we’re talking about you Blake Lively!

But, if a more relatable way to make your way back after a baby is what you’re looking for, try actress Olivia Wilde (last seen in House), who says, “I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one. I loved being pregnant. I felt unapologetically curvy, sexy, and intensely feminine. My experience was great, largely because I stayed very strong throughout.”

However, if her recent cover story in the April issue of SHAPE magazine is anything to go by, we cannot tell that she’s 31; or even a mother of one. But, she jokes, “The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced.”


The fact that she continued her fitness regime during her pregnancy, did help her stay healthy and strong. She says, “Pilates became a healthy habit, which helped me avoid common pregnancy woes like sciatica. I did SoulCycle until I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant, when I was physically incapable of walking between the bikes and had convinced them to turn the air conditioning so high that my fellow spinners were actually freezing despite prolonged sprinting uphill.”

Well, a source of encouragement comes from the fact that Wilde has no misconceptions of motherhood, and shuns what she calls “socially acceptable”, when it comes to celebrities. “I like beer. And pizza. And these two ingredients are not found in the purely fictional book I like to call ‘How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood’.”

So, how did the former model lose the baby weight? “My initial burst of enthusiasm for postpartum exercise died down about six months into motherhood. I had thrust myself back into spinning, attempted Physique 57, spent the equivalent of a small nation’s GDP on Pilates, and found it all to be ‘effective’, but not quite enticing enough to lure me away from my new baby,” she admits. Her super-fun playlist probably served as an extra boost to fuel those workouts, we think.


Well, baby or no baby, Wilde is, and always has looked fit and fabulous, and with a few parting words of encouragement, she urges people to stay fit for nobody else but themselves. “Getting out of the house to exercise is a serious achievement. If you’re going to haul your behind to a class, it’s not going to be for anyone else; not your partner, nemesis, mother, or tabloid bloggers—just you.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Source & Image Courtesy: SHAPE Magazine; OliviaWilde/Instagram

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.