Kristen Bell: I'm OK With 'Post-Baby Body'

She's 'proud to sit out the baby weight rat race'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 31, 2013 10:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – Kristen Bell is on a magazine cover, 15 pounds heavier than she was before she had her baby daughter, and she's OK with that, People reports. In a new interview with Redbook, the actress explains: "I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse. ... I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size." But, she admits, feeling that way doesn't come easy: "Look, I'm like any other woman. All this evolved BS that I'm telling you is my mantra: It's not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that's just part of the journey of having a baby." She adds that fiance Dax Shepard "loved me chubby" and "asked me to stay chubby after the baby was born."

She's also been tweeting on the subject. "I’m proud to sit out the baby weight rat race," she wrote, in response to a column by the Redbook editor about how rare it is today for a celebrity like Bell to be willing to pose for a magazine cover before completely gaining back her "pre-baby body." (The cover photos were taken 11 weeks after Bell gave birth in March.) "I'm going to continue working out and see where it goes. I'd like to get back down to where I was before the baby," Bell says, "but if this is where my body wants to be, so be it. I'm not going to make myself miserable for the rest of my life trying to get back to where I was before." On Twitter, she adds, "I like my Lincoln Leftovers because they're proof I did something extraordinary. I gave life to my new BFF & she gave me a comical amount of midsection skin."

This Jan. 19, 2013 file photo shows pregnant actress Kristen Bell at the premiere of "The Lifeguard" during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, file)
Kristen Bell participates in the "Veronica Mars" panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 19, 2103, in San Diego.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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