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Keira Knightley has once again spoke candidly about the realities of motherhood, describing women need to be praised for the "emotional and physical marathon" that go through after having children. The actress gave birth to her daughter Edie in 2015.
“I don’t think we give women enough credit for the physical and emotional marathon they go through when becoming a mother,” she told Balance magazine. “I come from a place of amazing privilege. I have an incredible support system; I’ve been unbelievably lucky in my career; I can afford good childcare, and yet I still find it really fucking difficult."
She said acknowledging the difficulties motherhood presents doesn't make her less of a good parent, nor does it mean that she doesn't adore her daughter. To Knightley, it's a way of facing the huge life changes that comes with giving birth.
"It doesn’t mean I don’t love my kid, it’s just me admitting that the sleep deprivation, the hormonal changes, the shift in relationship with my partner, are all things that make me feel as if I’m failing on a daily basis," she said. "I have to remind myself that I haven’t failed, I’m just doing what I can do, but it’s not easy.”
Knightley has previously spoken out about the subject in a book of feminist essays called Feminists Don't Wear Pink, in which she criticised the societal pressures that forced the Duchess of Cambridge to appear with flawless make-up, hair and in a pristine ensemble months after giving birth to Prince Louis.
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