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Kerry Washington Says Obviously Not All Celebs Work Out Like Crazy After Pregnancy

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Even as more people have become aware of the inanity of “post-baby body” articles that pop up after famous women give birth, that hasn’t stopped celebrity rags from indulging in this tradition. See: People’s story this month about Megan Fox posing in lingerie “post-baby.” Or last summer, when Chrissy Teigen’s “post-baby body” was a subject of obsession. Even still, OK! is stuck on it: “WOW! This New Pic Of Chrissy Teigen in A Swimsuit Will Give You Post-Baby Body Goals.”


Kerry Washington, who had her second kid, a boy, in October 2016, says in her case, seeing rumors that suggested she began working out right after pregnancy upset her. She told People in a recent interview:

“My doctor made me take my six weeks off, and I did,” says Washington, 40. “It was really important to me to have that downtime and then start working out slowly, which I’m still doing, I am still slowly getting back into it.”


But she didn’t want to contribute to “post-baby body” expectations:

“It was rumored somewhere that I was working out a week or two after he was born and it really upset me, actually. I never talk about rumors in the media, but I was really sad that somebody printed that because I felt like, ‘Oh, that makes women feel like they have to start working out’ — like, ‘Oh, celebrities work out right away.’ And I was like, ‘No way!’”

Kerry works out a lot but says she did not work out a week after labor, although, to be fair, part of that was her following doctor’s orders. She had a similar critique about the pressure to bounce back, after having her daughter in 2014.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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Forget hearing it from tabloids, it was my mother that bugged me the most. She’d been side-eyeing my weight gain all the second half. I had a summer baby and was hugely swollen. I gained 30 actual lbs which is a bit more than necessarily but peed away like 15 lbs in the first postpartum weeks. This was a problem for her apparently.

She kept telling me to “get out and walk”. I had an hour and a half of pushing and a second degree tear (she pushed for an average of 6 mins with all her kids). She was telling me to walk when I couldn’t even sit until the 4/5 week. She couldn’t understand why I wasn’t right out there cause she had an episiotomy and was fine. Yea well 6 mins vs 90 has a DIFFERENT EFFECT.