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When it came time to deliver daughter Ever Gabo, now 18 months, Milla Jovovich was 75 lbs. heavier than when she began — and feeling great!
“You know, I have to say, my pregnancy for me was amazing,” she tells PEOPLE in their Beauty After Baby special. “I really felt great, I was really happy. I gained 75 lbs. but that didn’t stop me from … feeling really beautiful.”
The model, actress and clothing designer ran into some unexpected negativity from others though. She explains,
“By the time I had my baby I weighed 197 lbs.! For the first time I understood what it felt like to be a heavier person. I would go into a store and the saleclerks would give me an attitude, or sneer because I was asking for a size they didn’t carry.
I never expected people to be so judgmental of a pregnant woman! It changed my views of being beautiful, because in my eyes I was beautiful.”
After Ever’s birth on November 4th, 2007, Milla decided it was time to lose the weight — and that meant a major adjustment in the kind of foods she was eating!
“A lot more diet, a lot more exercise,” she laughs. “Definitely having a baby completely changes a woman’s body so I’ve just had to be a lot more strict about what I eat and just keep the food really healthy, rather than my old chili cheeseburger diet I used to have!”