Naya Rivera Says She ‘Completely Let Myself Go’ During Pregnancy: ‘Weight Wasn’t Something I Wanted to Focus On’

04/18/2016 at 11:30 AM ET

Naya Rivera is in tip-top shape since giving birth in September — but that doesn’t mean she didn’t indulge during her pregnancy.

“I completely let myself go when I was pregnant,” Rivera, 29, says in the May issue of Fit Pregnancy and Baby, adding she had a hankering for meats and sweets in the months leading up to delivery. “Weight wasn’t something I wanted to focus on, so I ate anything and everything and had a blast.”

The former Glee star has had a blast discovering the joys of motherhood, too. Rivera and her husband, former Justified star Ryan Dorsey, welcomed their son, Josey Hollis, in September, and he’s completely changed their world.

“You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible,” she told the magazine.

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One aspect of preparing for baby that didn’t require much thought? Their son’s name.

“Ryan already had it picked out before we were even married. You know you have those conversations as a couple, like, ‘If we had kids, here’s what I’d want to name them?’ Well, Ryan had said if he had a boy, he’d really want to name him Josey. So we went with that.” His middle name is a family name on Dorsey’s side.

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As for when it was time to get to work — and back in the gym — Rivera was game, if ever so hesitantly.

“I was, like, ‘Let’s get back to business,’ ” she said of her body-after-baby plan, which meant losing the 60 lbs. she’d gained during pregnancy.

The actress said she lost the first 30 lbs. easily, between breastfeeding (“Your body is sustaining a life, which is both crazy and empowering”), eating healthy and doing low-impact exercises. But she was still nervous about losing the last half.

“My closet was divided in half: On one side were maternity clothes and on the other side were clothes I thought I would never wear again,” she said.

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With the help of a personal trainer (“I know I’m lucky; not all moms can afford one”), Rivera got back to work after recovering from her emergency c-section.

“I’m not really self-motivated. And I don’t know what to do at the gym. I always feel lost. [Without a trainer] I’d probably just end up not working out, and then go to the steam room,” she joked.

So with a mix of three spinning classes a week and a focus on her core during training sessions, she began to shed the weight.

“I did a lot of weight training, which I had never done before,” Rivera says. “I was wearing maternity gear while working my butt off.”

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As for her day-to-day mom duties? Because she used to nanny, the star said she actually felt more prepared for diaper duty and feeding than getting back in the gym.

“I was thrown up on and pooped on, so I knew what I was getting into!” she said, though her actor husband, 32, wasn’t quite on the same page yet.

“He changed Josey’s first diaper in the hospital, which was hilarious, because Josey just kept continually pooping,” she said, but added that Dorsey has his own tricks up his sleeve.

“If Josey doesn’t want to go to sleep, Ryan will bust out his guitar and play him some songs, and Josey will fall asleep immediately. It’s the cutest thing to watch.”

— Jeff Nelson

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taco salad on

This woman is so vain…somehow I doubt she let herself go at all.

Just on

She looks great! Yes some people let themselves go and end up looking like her or some end up like f at k ow. Her baby is so cute!!!!!

Christy on

Her baby is so cute.

KT on

Her baby is GORGEOUS.

Denise on

Josey is such a pretty baby. In every picture I’ve seen of him he smiles so cute. He seems like a very happy baby.

Marta on

Her baby is adorable and she looks great. I think she looks better than before she was pregnant. She looks much happier!

Anonymous on

What a pretty and so happy baby he is! Just beautiful!

Tieraney on

The baby is adorable and she does look fit and healthy…from the neck down. Her face is so awful and clearly the result of too much work .Not a wrinkle anywhere and it looks like it hurts her to smile.

button on

I don’t believe this at all. Some people’s “letting themselves go” means eating 2,000 cals a day instead of 1,000. It sends a bad message to pregnant women in any case. Gaining excessive weight is unwise.

Catherine on

Wow, did she really gain 60 pounds during her pregnancy? I remember seeing pictures of her pregnant and she didn’t look that big at all. Her baby is so cute.

NickyAngel on

In all the pictures that’s beeb posted so far, he always has the biggest smile…Josey is too adorable 😊🌻🌼

Emily on

Didn’t read the article, but had to comment that her baby is gorgeous!

angela on

That baby is so adorable.

Anonymous on

He is a cutie pie!

Sam on

She looks great in these pictures.

KL on

That kid is soooo cute!!

Sak on

She look gorgeous and her kid is so cute.

Claire on

Such jealousy here. Well, I am going to take the opposite view of all you back-biting, envious racists: she’s very pretty. The baby….not so much. Fortunately, he is still changing so it isn’t guaranteed that he’ll remain homely for all of his days. His mother is very attractive so maybe he’ll become attractive, too.

Van on

He is so adorable.

Anonymous on

Claire, who said anything “racist.” I wouldn’t talk about others dear as ripping on an innocent baby’s looks isn’t so kind either. Hypocrite.

Nardia on

She looks great. Love her!

Kim K on

Lies, I bet she worked out until the day the kid was born. I wouldn’t doubt that she lied about how much she put on too.