Blake Lively opens up about the body insecurities she felt after giving birth

Ally Head
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Photo credit: Steven Ferdman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steven Ferdman - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are one of the most famous power couples in the world. She's starred in Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, and Green Lantern; while he's topped the bill in movies from Deadpool to The Proposal. Plus, they're always making the world laugh with their non-stop Twitter banter.

This week, Blake has shared an insight into some of the insecurities she felt after the birth of their youngest child, Betty, who's now a year old.

The actress shared a photo from way back in 2020, in pre-pandemic times, on her Instagram stories, when she was appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Captioning the image, she wrote: "I put together a @lanvinofficial shirt and dress from @netaporter to make this pretty outfit."

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Touching on why exactly she had to put her own outfit together, she revealed that most designers - and stores, for that matter - didn't have sizes that would fit her post-partum body.

"No one had samples that fit me after giving birth. And so many clothes from stores didn’t fit either. So. Many. It doesn’t send a great message to women when their bodies don’t fit into what brands have to offer. It’s alienating and confusing," she said.

She wouldn't change it for the world - as she continued to point out, that body gave her her babies and did an amazing job feeding all three of her girls, too. But she does wish women weren't made to feel insecure after such an important life milestone.

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

"And I wish I felt as confident then as I do now, a year later looking back. That body gave me a baby. And was producing that baby’s entire food supply. What a beautiful miracle. But instead of feeling proud, I felt insecure. Simply because I didn’t fit into clothes. How silly is that in retrospect," she added.

It's great to see the actress raising awareness of the emotions, challenges, and stresses that new mums face.

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