Amanda Pendolino
July 29, 2013

Why Kristen Bell Refuses to Lose Her Baby Weight

Kristen Bell weighs 15 pounds more than she did before she got pregnant — and she’s not in any rush to lose the baby weight.

“If this is where my body wants to be, so be it,” the Veronica Mars actress said in a recent interview with Redbook. “I’m not going to make myself miserable for the rest of my life trying to get back to where I was before.”

Kristen, 33, and her fiance Dax Shepherd welcomed their daughter, Lincoln, back in March. Kristen calls her extra pounds her “Lincoln Leftovers”:

Kristen also tweeted that she’s “proud to sit out of the baby weight rat race” and linked to a HuffPo article from Redbook‘s editor, Jill Herzig. Here’s a bit of Jill’s philosophy:

How did we get to this ridiculous place, where losing the baby weight is a competitive sport followed by millions? Magazines certainly haven’t helped, with their covers of celebrities in bikinis, all smiles and hipbones, showing off how thin they’ve gotten just a few months — or even weeks — after giving birth. As the editor of Redbook, I’ll admit I’ve sometimes been part of the problem.

But I’m proud of our September cover featuring Kristen Bell, photographed 11 weeks after her daughter, Lincoln, was born. In our shot she is comfortable, clear-eyed and lovely. She is also, by her estimation, 15 pounds away from her pre-pregnancy weight. She gained a very normal 43 lbs with Lincoln, and when we spoke to her she was pleased that healthy eating (extra fruits, veggies and protein shakes) paired with low-impact exercise (Bar Method classes and workout DVDs), plus breast-feeding, had taken care of 28 lbs.

Luckily, Kristen isn’t alone. Jenna Fischer is another positive role model in the fight against the “baby weight rat race.”

“I think it’s unnatural,” she told Celebuzz after giving birth to her son, Weston. “There’s so much pressure on you as a new mom that the last thing you need to have hanging over your head is some expectation of what your body is supposed to look like. I actually think that the scrutiny of new mothers bodies has gotten out of control.”

I hope more celebs join Kristen and Jenna in their public discussion of the baby weight mayhem. Moms — famous or not — shouldn’t be pressured to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight because of unnatural celebrity patterns!