Anne Hathaway Shares Empowering Message About Post-Baby Weight Loss: ‘There Is No Shame If It Takes Longer Than You Think’

08/09/2016 at 12:30 AM ET

Anne Hathaway wants new mothers to know: “Love what you have been given.”

The Oscar-winning actress’ latest Instagram wasn’t just a photo of denim cutoffs, it was an empowering message about body image, specifically post-baby weight loss.

“There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all),” Hathaway, 33, captioned her picture on Monday.

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“There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer’s are just too dang short for this summer’s thighs,” the mother of one explained, adding, “Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)”

Hathaway welcomed her son Jonathan Rosebanks with husband Adam Shulman in March.

In May, the Alice Through the Looking Glass star joked about her post-baby body workouts, telling Ellen DeGeneres that she gained a new appreciation for her curves just eight weeks after giving birth.

— Karen Mizoguchi

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Stacy on

smart lovely lady and a great actress

Anon on

Unlike a certain kardashian fool she at least acknowledges and is making peace with the fact pregnancy will ultimate change ones body and it’s ok just love yourself

Shiela kerr on

The sadness for me with her message is the need for it.

Shiela kerr on

There should never be a need for this type of message. Our bodies are constantly evolving.

Jen on

A skinny actress without a weight problem and with money to pay people to help her lose her 5-20lbs of baby weight speaking out is NOT EMPOWERING! This is part of the problem.

Jamie on

Great message. Love her.

Candi on

I’m sick of men and other women thinking they’re empowering me. I got along fine before all of this empowerment crap and I’ll get along better when these airheads sit down and shut up. I’ve got my own power and it’s a far sight better than depending on some Hollywood shill for it.

Dani on

If there is no shame, then why didn’t she post a pic of her post baby body instead of shorts? Practice what you preach.

britney m on

Just had a baby 9 months ago and I always find myself going back to the Lady Soma Detox to lose weight quickly. I tried to do it “naturally’ but this gives you that extra boost you need. I saw results by Day 3. There was only some mid side effects on Day 2 – but it was worth dropping the 5-10lbs