Jenna Fischer: I Lost My Baby Weight ‘Slowly and Moderately’

08/01/2012 at 04:00 PM ET
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Jenna Fischer rose to fame thanks to her role as Pam Beesly Halpert on NBC’s hit show The Office, but she doesn’t view herself as a celebrity.

“It’s so funny because I think there’s the perception that every [famous] woman has a driver and a chef and a personal trainer and a nanny,” the actress, who’s mom to 10-month-old son Weston Lee, tells PEOPLE.

“I don’t have any of those things. Like other working moms, I’m trying to figure out how to balance it all.”

Adds Fischer, “When I say I’m going jogging with my son or eating certain things or whatever, there’s a tendency to be cynical and say, ‘Of course, because someone cooked it for her’ – or ‘Of course she’s on a date, because she had her nanny watch the baby.’ No, absolutely not. I want people to know that.”

The actress, who acknowledges that she’s “fortunate to have steady work, health insurance and a paycheck,” says that even so, “I’m just trying to figure out how to do [everything] myself.”

Because of her lack of outside help, Fischer, 38, has to sacrifice things like working out in order to devote time to her son. Instead, she focuses on eating healthy. Partnering up with Fiber One’s 90 Calorie Brownie, she can “satisfy my craving for sweets,” but still maintain a sensible diet.

“I didn’t start exercising until Weston was six months old and was taking regular naps,” she says. “When I go back to work on the show, I’m probably just going to have to take a break from any of that extra working out. I think just getting through the day will be enough.”

Fischer, who is now back to her pre-baby weight, says the process did not come easy but that slow and steady did, in fact, win the race.

“It’s taken me every day of 10 months to lose the weight,” she explains. “I did it slowly and I did it moderately. It was important for me to lose it. I was a fit and active person before I had my son, but if there’s one thing I could do for a new mom, it’d be to alleviate her of any guilt or any stress over the idea of having her body look a certain way.”

Fischer says having a blissful family life leaves her more fulfilled than having a smaller pant size.

“Making me a happier mama is just being with my baby,” she says. “It’s such a weird thing that after having a baby, you’re supposed to look like you’ve never had a baby. Well, I’m proud that I had a baby! I don’t see any harm in celebrating that.”

With her husband Lee Kirk and their new addition, life for Fischer is pretty much perfect.

“It looks like I need to get some new goals because I’m kind of living my dream right now,” she admits. “[My husband] is amazing. He’s such a good father. I’m very lucky. I came to Los Angeles and wanted more than anything to be on a comedy TV show like Cheers. My other goal was to marry a great man and have a family.”

— Dahvi Shira

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klutzy_girl on

Aw, this was a great interview! The last paragraph was adorable. Love Jenna and her honesty!

Dea on

She is such a great person with such a down to earth attitude.

Lis on

LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!!!! Made me like her even more!!! And kudos to you, Jenna for losing the weight yourself and for being more focused on your new precious baby instead of jetting off the the gym every time you got a free minute…

CCP on

What a great article! Such a breath of fresh air from all the trashy “news” PEOPLE has been posting lately. (Yes, we know Kristen Stewart is a whore… enough already.)

Love Jenna Fischer!

Lisa on

I have always liked Jenna. She comes across as so down to earth and seems to value what is really important. Good for her for letting other new mom’s know that she has also had to fight the good fight to lose weight after the birth of her son. I bet he is a cutie, ’cause Jenna is just lovely and I love her chemistry with Jon Krasinski on The Office!

Anonymous on

I like her too. But it’s interesting that famous moms feel the same pressure to do it all that regular boring folk do. If a woman can afford a nanny, she should probably get one. It’s hard doing it all yourself. Some days, I would do anything for a nanny.

Emily on

I’m so glad she is sharing this. It’s nice to know that celebrities do in fact share the same planet with us, and that they are human and just because they are rich doesn’t mean they have countless nannies and personal trainers and go have tummy tucks and lipo to help lose weight after they have a baby. Thanks for being real! 🙂

anonymous on

great article!

flamelesslove on

Words of encouragement! I struggle every day to get back to my pre-baby weight (my son is now 8 months old). Now days you see famous mom’s talking about how they worked out, took diet pills, so on. Nice to see that even though you are famous, you struggle just like the rest of us!

Victoria on

What a refreshing change from the usual trash in celebrity news, and a nice change from what we get about other celebrities who are new moms. I didn’t know I could like Jenna more than I already did, but I do now!

Alyssa on

She is so pretty! Congratulations on your career and baby. I hope to be like you someday.

Anonymous on

Emily- I agree! It’s nice to see a celeb who really is just like the rest of us!

Susan on

Great article! Spoken like a true Midwestern girl (Jenna’s from St. Louis). She seems incredibly down-to-earth and genuine. What a breath of fresh air from a celebrity!

run1indy on

This is a great article, but other celebrity moms aren’t bad people for wanting to get back into shape quickly. Their business is largely based on physical appearance. I’m a theater actress and I’m asked for my weight at every audition–it’s part of the business. Your body makes a difference in casting. So, I guess my point is I respect Jenna’s choices and any other woman’s when it comes to caring for her body. 🙂

Marky on

Jenna’s article is very down-to-earth, and is a good example for new moms, as well as those who are a little frustrated at losing weight slower than some others. It is a legitimate question, however, to ask why it is assumed 1) all pregnant women have a lot of weight to lose and struggle endlessly–some don’t. They lose the weight easily and no one can even tell they had a baby 3 weeks later. Some do, and struggle for a year. 2) having a personal trainer is somehow absolutely dreadful, and must mean your child is neglected, and 3) the only person who can touch the new baby is mommy, so if Dad or Gramma steps up to the plate, s/he is not to be commended, mom is to be criticized. We, as women, need to support each other and treat each other with respect in the exciting stage of life called parenting.

Jessica on

I agree with Marky. Parenting is tough and you need responsible people there to help you. I don’t understand why mothers are so harshly scrutinized. We should help each other instead of finding fault. Nice article.


Wow! What a refreshing article from Jenna which balances her elation about being a new mother, recognition that losing weight isn’t easy, and humility and appreciation for her wonderful family and the ability to have a job she loves. Good for her!

SM on

She is so sweet! I feel so bad that she even had to post an article like this explaining why she lost the weight so slowly. And I really agree with another woman who posted, we need to support new moms and not bash for superficial things. Way to go, Jenna! 🙂

Megan on

Aw, I just love her!

Kay on

Why can’t more Hollywood actresses be like this woman? Kudos to her…and wish her self-absorbed, image obsessed peers in her industry would take note!!

Meep on

I love this and her words because they ring so true. Too much pressure is put on mothers (celeb and otherwise) to be back in their skinny jeans by their six week check-up. There really is no winning for most new Mom’s. They’re either trying to fast to lose weight or they’re taking too long to do it. Since when did it become open for public discussion on how much weight another person should gain while pregnant or how fast or slow they should lose it after birth?

Shannon on

Good for her. Some women do lose the weight almost immediately and naturally, however.

ecl on

Articles like these actually really bother me. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with Jenna or anything she said, but you can tell that the whole interview is designed to deal with people like those who read this site and just want to rip women apart. It’s like she’s thinking, if I say it like this, no one can criticize me. Same with Jenna VonOy’s blogs – all designed to ward off criticism by saying things like, “Don’t get me wrong, it’s a mother’s choice how to give birth, but I didn’t want a c section.” They just know that women are waiting to attack so they ward it off. Smart, but it makes me sad that women have to do that.

annachestnut on

She is fun to watch on the Office. Although she does not employ a staff (some people need those jobs), she has plenty of money in the bank – she is very lucky.

J on

^^^ We shouldn’t have to employ staff to care for our children just because some people need those jobs. I get what you’re saying but I’m not hiring someone to watch my kid just because they need the money.

Monica on

I think part of the misconception is that just because someone is “famous” they are automatically rich as well. This is not always the case. Yes, they make 6 figures or more, but after taxes, they have a lot of people they have to pay out of that- managers, PR people, stylists, assistants, etc. So just because you see someone on TV does not mean they are living the high life you would imagine. It sounds like Jenna is one of those working actors. And her husband works too so she has to work out around her baby’s schedule- just like the rest of us that don’t have family nearby to help. I loved her honesty. I wish we could see inside more famous people’s lives so we could see it’s not all we make it out to be in our heads.

zee on

Sorry Pam, we are proud of you too, but for the love of God loose the baby weight!! It makes me even wonder why Jim (and the rest of the world) thought you were so cute and adorable to begin with.

You look old now and just plain heavy.

Brandi on

@Zee, if you’re going to be mean, at least spell it correctly. You don’t loose the baby weight, you lose it.

Office Fan on

@zee Superficial people like you disgust me. Jenna deserves nothing but respect. She is a talented actress/comedian and should be praised for her work. Not be judged by numbers on a scale. She lost her weight the honest way unlike most of these Hollywood barbies. She seems very down to earth and pleasant. Although I am not a mother, I can appreciate her words of encouragement and positivity to those who are. Way to go Jenna!

Janna on

Why is someone who loses the weight quickly dubbed a “Hollywood Barbie”? It’s like when someone sees a thin woman and starts talking about how a “real woman” looks? Why it is all one side or the other? Some women lose it quickly, some slowly, some never. So what? It takes all kinds to make the world go around and Jenna Fischer is no better than Gisele Bunchen just because she lost weight slower.

Sadie on

Zee, you don’t speak for all Office fans…I’ve never wondered why Jim would still love the woman he married because she gained weight while pregnant…I feel sad for you if that’s how you think.

Doug on

Her claim that she had lost all her wt before returning to the show is absurd. You just have to look at her hips and butt to see a very pronounced difference compared to earlier years.