Eva Mendes: Don’t Be Fooled by My Body After Baby

03/19/2015 at 11:30 AM ET

Eva Mendes body after baby
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Six months into motherhood and Eva Mendes has found the sweet spot in her new sleep schedule.

But although her daughter Esmeralda Amada is letting her parents get a good night’s rest, the actress admits there are still a few sporadic incidents.

“You never know, something random can happen and she’s just suddenly not sleeping through the night and you’re like, ‘Wait, I thought we were sleeping through the night, what’s up?’ ” Mendes, 41, tells Extra.

She jokes, “Why does it always happen at three or four in the morning?”

As she learns the ropes of parenthood with her partner, Ryan Gosling, Mendes can’t help but be reminded of her own mother’s sacrifices. “Now I understand so much,” she says, “My mother’s never got more ‘I love you so much, Mommy’ texts randomly … I get it now!”

Her ability to relate to other mothers is a two-way street: Mendes doesn’t want anyone to be fooled by her body after baby, which she recently showed off on the cover of Women’s Health.

“We’re helped in those situations,” the actress explains. “I want women at home to know, you’re lit, you’re angled. So yes, it was a few months after the baby [was born], but with a lot of help.”

— Anya Leon

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rm on

I really like Eva and I think she has a nice and relatable and humble approach to motherhood. Good for her.

tarasmom on

How refreshing that she’s honest about how much work goes into those “real” photos.

Jenny on

I love her honesty and I think it’s really important to let other women know that it’s okay not to have perfect bodies months after birth. It bothers me that online entertainment publications (People included, unfortunately) celebrate how thin actresses/models/singers are mere weeks and months after giving birth. It can lead to unhealthy and unrealistic expectations to the millions of non-celebrity moms out there who maybe don’t have the same resources as someone in the entertainment industry does. I’m really glad Eva is acknowledging that.

Catherine on

I totally agree that a lot of publications such as People are always posting pictures of celeb moms who seem to have magically lost all their baby weight overnight. Women need to keep in mind that a lot of these celebs rely on their looks to get jobs! Don’t use them as examples of how you should look/feel after having a baby!!

Susan on

Love her and love her fashion line @NY&Co.

Mandy on

Can’t stand her after she made the comment that the number one cause of divorce was women wearing sweat pants. She said she would never wear them.

Diana Sanchez on

She’s very pretty! I bet her and Ryan’s daughter is just as beautiful.

NewYawka11 on

Well at least she’s honest! Thanks for that.

Mandy on

She is honest and real, it’s good.

GG on

Gorgeous lady!

Anonymous on

Mandy (the first one)- Lighten up! She was most likely joking!