Jennifer Lopez Transformed By Motherhood

07/22/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
Pacific Coast News

Babies are still very much on Jennifer Lopez‘s brain! Mom to twins Maximilian ‘Max’ David and Emme Maribel, 17 months, the actress — who turns 40 on Friday — admits in a new interview with Extra! that she and husband Marc Anthony “would love” to expand their brood. “I don’t know if we will…I don’t know if that’s in the cards for us,” she says, “but we’ll see.” Since welcoming the twins, Jennifer says she has been transformed. “You just mature so quickly in such a deep way and you think life is short and you have to just go for things,” she notes before adding,

“You can’t be afraid to try or do your best… just do it and that’s the example I want to set for my children as well. It’s like you can do anything. The only thing that ever holds us back is fear… it’s a useless emotion.”

The transformation was more than emotional. Jennifer says that she struggled to shed the baby weight, “just like everyone else.” She recalls,

“The first big amount of pounds comes off pretty quickly and then you have those last 10 or 20, 15 or 20 that just don’t want to go and you have to work really hard and I had to work really hard too. I had to diet and work out. I had to do a lot.”

In her first film since welcoming the twins, The Back-Up Plan, Jennifer plays an expectant mom — and she says a fake bump has nothing on a real one. “A bunch of us who have babies, we’re like, ‘It would be great when you are pregnant…you could take it off five times during the pregnancy, only for a half hour, then you have to put it back on,'” she muses. “That would be awesome. It would be perfect. But you can’t.”

Max and Emme have been frequent visitors to the set, keeping mom busy during breaks in filming. “I don’t think they realize what I do,” she says. “Once in awhile, they look at the monitor and go, ‘Mama.’ They’re just starting to talk.” Jennifer adds,

“I put Max to bed yesterday…and I said, ‘I love you baby. I’ll see you tomorrow.’ And he was like, ‘I love you.'”

Source: Extra!

— Missy

FILED UNDER: Multiples , News , Parenting

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french gigi on

her son says ‘i love you’ at 17 months!!!! i am sooooooooo jealous! :o) my baby is 19 months and all he says all day is ‘mama juice’! lol

Angie on

I’m glad the post over here was worded differently than the post like this over at people.com. The People version said something about how Lopez wanted to give Max and Emme a sibling or two, and I was thinking “What a horrible way for the author of that post to have worded things, considering Max and Emma already have 3 siblings.” I hate it when magazine articles leave out the other siblings, and I’m glad to see that CBB didn’t do that.

aroundtheywaygirl on

I have to say I became a bit fearless after the birth of my second son. There is something about kids, when you see them trying something for the first time and failing but going right back to trying again, that is very inspiring. My kids definitely helped me get out of a bad marriage, get into an Ivy league grad program, and go after the career I really wanted. They were only 1 and 2 and so fearless, it helped me to be brave.

Mia on

I think it would be cute if they had another baby ,but they got 2 for 1, a boy and a girl. Marc has 3 kids from 2 previous relationships already, whatever will be, will be.

Mary-Helen on

Aw, how sweet!

I LOVE that she mentioned losing post baby weight is actually hard work sometimes. I hate how all of these celeb moms talk about how it all “melted off in 6 weeks with the magic of breastfeeding” so new moms who don’t lose all the weight without diet/excercise feel inferior.

Rebecca on

Mary Helen, Jennifer didn’t breastfeed at all, didn’t entertain the idea for a second, so she couldn’t use that as a reason she lost the weight.

SouthernBelle on

Marc sure has some strong DNA, as both Emme and Max look SO much like him. I’ve never been a big JLo fan, but I love to see any woman who wants to be a mother so badly get to do just that. Marc’s other children are gorgeous, but they have been much more out of the “limelight” since he and JLo married and had their own little ones. I do hope all the siblings get to see each other a lot and bond as one big family.

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