Rumor: Jaime Pressly says pregnancy was 'a killer'

07/18/2007 at 04:57 PM ET

Jaimepresslydezicalvo_cbb_2My Name is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, 29, made no secret of the fact that she didn’t exactly relish her pregnancy with son Dezi James, now 10 weeks, calling the third trimester ‘hell’ and saying that you ‘want to stab your eyes out.’ Now over two months postpartum, gossip site BANG! Showbiz reports that Jaime is being completely honest with her pregnancy experience, saying,

As a new mom, I’m supposed to go on about how wonderful it was to be pregnant. Well, I don’t buy into that. The truth is that I love my baby to bits, but the rest of it sucked. Pregnancy was the biggest killer for me. I hated it — I hated being fat.

My hormones were all over the place and I acted like some lunatic, picking fights with my [fiance Eric Calvo] over how he made my coffee.

On top of that, I had this hideous ‘pregnancy mask’ skin discoloration [CBB note: melasma] which completely covered my face. You can normally use creams to disguise it, but not when you’re pregnant, so I had to walk around looking like I was horribly disfigured. This may sound arrogant, but I’m used to looking hot. I just wanted to cry all the time. Nobody tells you this stuff when you talk about having a baby — it’s all kept as one big secret.

The only amazing thing is when your baby pops out and you have this little thing that is going to be part of your life forever.

Jaime’s personal goal at the moment is being in shape for her 30th on July 30th, which she’s celebrating in a big way.

I’m having a party and then a [vacation] and I aim to be in a super-slutty outfit for the first and a swimsuit for the second. I love being a mother, but I want to be a super sexy mother with a better body than ever before…I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. People may think it’s [crazy] but it makes me happier to see my body coming back.

Click the extended post for more. Please note that this article is originally from a known gossip site and we would not be surprised if quotes were taken out of context or altered from what Jaime originally said.

Jaime makes it a point to say how important it was to her to find her fiance Eric and plan for motherhood, despite being a part of a hit TV show.

So many Hollywood actresses become successful and then just keep on going — they miss out on having a partner and a baby and end up lonely. I know a lot of very rich, very successful, very lonely women in Los Angeles and I never wanted to be one of them.

That said, Jaime says she feels many of her Hollywood contemporaries either skip birthing altogether or adopt children because of selfish reasons.

Some women just skip having babies or adopt because they don’t want to get fat or they haven’t put in the time to find a partner. It’s great to adopt, but a lot of adoptions are motivated by vanity and laziness.

Source: BANG! Showbiz via New Zealand Herald

Thanks to CBB readers Katrina, Bella, and Aline.

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Val on

Uh-oh she’s definetely going to get a lot of slack for that last comment!! I guess she’s voicing what other(definetely not all!) people may think.

Natasha on

Whoaaa waiting for the attack about the adoption comment

k on

hmmm, i’m not sure jaime should be the one pointing the finger at others for being motivated by vanity…

Jessica L. on

As far as the adoption comment goes, if that is what she truly said, I believe she was talking about the “Hollywood-types”. Not your average middle class woman who adopts for all the right reasons.

You need to read it in the context that she was talking about it. She talks about the vain, lonely, rich women in Hollywood and I think her point is that a lot of people sort of live in this “me, me, me” state of mind. Take it with a grain of salt. I can see what she means.

Many people have commented on how babies seem to be the new accessory for those who are rich and/or celebrities. Having or adopting a baby and then handing them over to the nanny/ies. Remember Casey Johnson?

Anyway, that said, I completely relate to her about pregnancy being a killer. I’m 2 weeks from my due date and everyday that I wake up I pray it’ll be my last that I’m pregnant. I swear everytime a Braxton-Hicks hits me, I get a little giddy that this might be it. I love my children to pieces and would do pregnancy all over again so I could have them in my life.

However pregnancy is a miserable experience for me. I can do without the water retention, the unbearabley painful constipation, the swelling, the charlie horses, the cramps, the fatigue…oh and there’s being almost completely out of breath every time after putting a pair of maternity jeans on. Oy.

I’ll never be able to truly understand those who say they loved being pregnant or thought they were at their best when pregnant, because it has never been such for me. Unfortunately.

cindy on

I’m sure all the people out there who truly live with some sort of disfigurement and handle it with grace and good character will find Jaime’s extreme problem a real tragedy. I know I sure did. I hope EVERYTHING she said was taken out of context and completely FABRICATED, otherwise she sounds like a real load.

M on

Are you even sure she said all of that?? That would just be stupid….think about it…why would a new mom say all of that?? Not to mention, if she DID say that, which i highly doubt she did, a woman that has had a baby 10 weeks ago still has hormones raging….

Before people go on a witch hunt (this is a GOSSIP site thats going to say what they CAN to get a reaction!!), just think about it…

Sarah’s note: No, we’re not sure, and that’s why it’s under rumor and I put a disclaimer.

Personally, I think it’s exaggerated, (and if you click the source link to the gossip site, the quotes as they are presented in their article sound a bit odd) but Jaime is known for being very outspoken so I wouldn’t be surprised if a part of it is true, but they left something out or altered it somehow to make it sound controversial. On the other hand, our writer Missy pointed out that words like ‘laziness’ and ‘vanity’ are hard to misconstrue.

If anyone finds the original source where BANG! Showbiz picked up the quotes from, please let us know so we can update.

Kaywil on

At least she was honest about pregnancy. It’s a lot of pressure when women have to pretend that it’s a joyous experience. The only ‘good’ trimester is the second. Doctors will tell you that. But the pink magic fairy dusted mothers (and their magazines) make it seem so wonderful. It’s not. You go from being able to go for a walk with no problems to looking like you need a scooter just to get around – all within a few months. It’s like you age by 50 years! Overnight! It is a big sigh of relief when you have the baby…that’s what makes it worth it.

brannon on

This interview, if in context, in combination with another recent interview she did about the show “Ugly Betty” and how she hates it because its about ugly, fat girls is really giving me a bad taste … Ironically, vanity is not pretty.

Trixie on

Well, I agree with everyone that I hope these were fabricated or taken out of context. It makes me so sad – and furious – to see women go on about losing the baby weight, when they should be focusing on nurturing and loving the little humans they’ve just chosen to bring into the world. You have to be 100% present for your child, and fussing about getting back into a swimsuit is selfish when you have another being who’s totally dependent on you. I wish women weren’t so brainwashed about their bodies, but there you go.

Claire on

That last comment about adoption was ridiculous. She needs to step off her high horse. THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO HAVE KIDS.

rebekalynn on

I am pretty shocked/saddened if these are in fact her thoughts (the adoption, first and foremost AND the vanity)
As an adoptive mother, my son did not become so because I am lazy. I absolutely -abhor- it when people say to me “well atleast you didn’t have to get pregnant, gain weight, etc etc” that goes along with pregnancy.
No one, but another adoptive parent, can understand the heartache and emotional roller coaster that a “paper pregnancy” is via the process of adoption.

And as for the ‘hollywood’ types, well, honestly, I don’t see anyone hollywood mother who has adopted out there who isn’t in love with her child. Many biological children have nannies in hollywood, too. Want to bet Jamie ends up with a little help so she can get her pre-baby body back? I mean, that’s so important to her.

Tess on

Let me get this straight -it is selfish to adopt a child that doesn’t have a family rather than to create a child who will further add to overpopulation? Don’t get me wrong, I’m pregnant with my first right now (and I so love her honesty about how hard pregnancy is) but I admire those who adopt children more than those who create them.

PSB on

The irony is that I don’t find her all that pretty anyway, so I think her obsessive vanity is misplaced. She looked cute with a bump, but IMO, she’s attractive but not a show-stopping beauty. She has a great body though for sure.

I can understand how she feels about being pregnant, and it’s true that it’s a faux pas to complain about it out loud (which I think is ridiculous). My 3rd trimester was absolutely hellish, so I can relate, but she sounds a little high-strung to me and could use some perspective. If getting “fat” and a pregnancy mask are the worst things that happen to you while pregnant, then you have had an easy time.

I really hope this is a fake interview, but I have a bad feeling it’s real, because of a few other legitimate interviews she gave while pregnant, where she mentioned how intensively she wanted to get back into pre-baby shape.

Amy on

Well, if it’s true she sounds really shallow and stuck on herself. I can’t imagine what kind of mentally messed up child she will raise with an attitude like that! At least for now she only has a son and doesn’t have a daughter to pass on her warped self-image to.

Brianne on

I hope it’s all made up because if it isn’t, she’s very short-sided and shallow. And I think she’s a little more than tacky for spouting that crap!

Sabina on

I’m sorry, but is this a woman of 29 or a child of 14? She sounds like a teenager throwing a hissyfit about getting a spot. I have to disagree that the downsides to pregnancy are ‘this big secret’, I’ve never had any children yet I’ve known for years about a lot of them, purely from my own reading and observation. If I was going to have a baby I’d sure as hell spend some of the 9 months reading up on the subject, I’d consider it my responsibility and duty to my unborn baby to know what was going on with our bodies.

ekaterina on

i have birthed and adopted and I can tell you that birth was a picnic comapired to adpotion- that process it not for anyone who is lazy!

But i had hard pg’ys too so i understand what she says about it-

having said that having children is worth it no matter HOW thye come into yur life- and as long as they are loved it does not matter!

Terralynn on

As for complaining about pregnancy’s get a grip people..some of us out here had a really hard time getting pregnant and were absolutely afraid to complain once we got here..Ironically I was pregnant the same time Jamie was announced on here..and my son was due the same time as her son..So it makes me so mad she is complaining about her swimsuit as My little boy died at 17 weeks 5 days into the pregnancy..So there are much more important things to worry about than water retention and pregnancy mask..Some of us wish we were burdened with that hardship..

Sarita on

If this how she feels I’m glad she is being honest. Not every woman loves being pregnant and it shouldn’t be a secret that it can be hard.

She’s just giving us her opinions.

Sadie on

I don’t get the furore over these comments. I don’t particularly enjoy all aspects of pregnancy either, even though I am rapt to be pregnant again. Pregnancy isn’t kind to most woman’s bodies, and just because I don’t enjoy having spots and a puffy face and a sore back and dark roots, it doesn’t mean I’m vain. It just means I’m human!!
I’m sure I will be crucified for this, but I am of firm belief that just because a woman becomes a mother, it doesn’t mean she ceases to be a human being who still wants to look and feel good. She’s not just a nurturing machine, she still needs time for herself. It doesn’t mean you’re selfish or vain to lament your stretch marks or weight gain, and it certainly doesn’t mean you love your baby any less.
As for Jaime’s adoption comments, well, I don’t agree but she is entitled to her opinion, she did say “some” not “all”, and I doubt very much she was referring to the average couple out there who adopts.

Bella on

Assuming this rumour is true and not taken out of context:

Yeah she doesn’t come across well in this interview. She sounds kind of self involved. I think every woman wants to get into good shpae after her pregnancy but she just sounds really vain. Just imagine what she’d have to say if *shock horror* she had strech marks! I defintely don’t think she is one to talk about vanity.

But it is good to hear a celebrity being honest about pregnancy not being all wonderful. When there is interview after interview from different celebs about how fabulous they feel and how perfect it all is (and I hope it is for them), it’s refreshing to hear someone be honest about her experience not being the best.

As far as the adoption comment – presumes a lot and kinda rude.

From other celeb interviews, most mums spend most of their time talking about their baby not themselves and their body! I hope this is just selective quoting and not all she had to say.

Laura on

We are all vain. Some of us left some vanity behind when the baby is born. Some people dont.
When you are a mother you really want to look good (hey, I was a triathlete and gain 40 pounds on my pregnancy, still had to loose 15), but at the end of the day you only care about your baby, its health and happiness.
Unfortunately, some of her comments reflect our thoughts (about our post baby body, the not knowing yourself anymore, etc), but to be really happy and enjoy the wonderful experience of motherhood, you have to realize that you are different, you’re not the belly of the world.
Now you’re a mama and your son rocks your entire being, not your reflection in the mirror.
Adoption is a very personal decision, a tender issue. Better kept the mouth shut.

hut on

I think it should be obvious that she is talking about celebrities! Some of the celebrities adopt because they don’t want to loose their figure and I don’t understand why we should deny it. It doesn’t mean that they don’t love their children!

In the end, we all have children because we want to. Plain and simple. But there’s nothing wrong with that! And adopting is more simpler to celebrities because they have the funds to do it. For the average mom, having a biological child is much more easier.

I think (or hope) that people who adopt think it through. If your only motive is to help, then you should just donate money to the cause, not adopt.
But if you want a child and you have the money, why not adopt?

Diana on

Terralynn – I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, I really truly am, I can’t imagine dealing with that. And throughout my pregnancy that has been my biggest fear, and still is even now at 25 weeks. I don’t although feel its fair to say that women shouldn’t be allowed to complain about pregnancy because others have gone through horrible things. I have complained my whole pregnancy, and always feel guilty for doing so, knowing that I have been really lucky. Now yes maybe her complaints are vain, my complaints were more discomfort, which has lasted my entire pregnancy. But I don’t feel that she has any less right to complain about pregnancy, I wish more people would because it is nice to know that you aren’t alone and to hear that not all women enjoy being pregnant. So many women act like it is so wonderful and it makes those of us that don’t have as great of a pregnancy feel guilty for feeling the way we do.

madison on

I’ve always thought this woman was all about the publicity. I know many people will disagree with that – I made a similar comment back before she had the baby and everyone thought I was crazy. If she is out there talking about how she’s used to “being hot” and “alot of adoptions are motivated by vanity and laziness”….she’s totally just looking for some press coverage. I like when celebs are honest – but sometimes it gets pushed to the point where you know they just want the publicity.

Taylor on

Well, I will agree that she sounds pretty self involved, but I really don’t understand why so many of you are surprised. She works in Hollywood, where EVERYONE is concerned about weight and looking good. There are very few actresses that don’t rush to go out and lose the post-baby weight – unless they are movie stars and can take the additional time off, but she’s got a regular series that she has to get back in shape for. You usually don’t hear as many actresses complain about it b/c their PR person keeps them in-line a little bit better. As for the adoption comment, let’s hope that she means that towards celebrities – not the average person.

gianna on

About pregnancy she is being honest, some woman have hard pregancies and don’t enjoy them. You love the baby and children you get from it, but the actual pregnancy, weight gain, etc, is hard on many woman.

Claire on

Even if she WAS talking about celebrities, it is still offensive. Why is it that when normal people adopt, they’re doing it because they want to, but when celebs adopt, it’s because it is a “trend” or because they don’t want to lose their bodies?

ap on

Wow. She wants to get back to her pre-pregnancy body. Shocker! Everyone wants to get back to their pre-pregnancy bodies; this doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love her baby. Get over yourselves! She wants to look good and not have spots on her face that she never had before. Horrible! Selfish! Oh, wait, what I meant to say was…Honest! Refreshing!
I truly think that this entire argument is ridiculous. If most people would admit the truth to themselves, they would know that her feelings are just honest. Who wants to be heavier? Who wants to look worse than they did before the pregnancy? It is possible to love your child and still want to love yourself.

j.brown on

The honesty is refreshing.