“I can’t ever get down to the weight I was before I had Honor,” the actress, 30, tells the August issue of Allure.
“My body’s just different. The jeans just sort of zip up differently, and things hang differently. It’s a miracle what happens, but you definitely are different afterward. Unless you’re Gisele.”
But having a baby had another unexpected effect on Alba: It helped her get more in touch with her own sexuality.
“I was quite shy with it,” she says. “It wasn’t something I embraced until I had my daughter. I saw how incredible and amazing it is to be a woman and to be able to create a life.”
“There’s a reason why certain areas of the body are desirable — because it all leads to reproduction,” she adds. “There’s a science behind it all. It’s not just to sell whatever you’re selling on a billboard or a magazine or a movie.”
The one part of being pregnant that Alba — who next stars in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World — could do without? The scrutiny from the press about her changing body.
“My publicist said the other day, ‘You can’t just be going to the grocery store — you have to be ‘flaunting your baby bump,'” she says. “You’re pregnant. Your stomach is not going to be flat. You’re not ‘flaunting’ it; you’re just walking to the store or across a parking lot.”
– Tim Nudd