Megan Fox: ‘I only gained 23 pounds when I was pregnant & I’m still 10 pounds heavier’

Before Megan Fox got pregnant, her body and general health was often discussed, often by Megan herself. When she first broke into Hollywood, many said that Michael Bay and producers asked her to gain weight for the Transformers movies, and Megan has said in interviews that she didn’t always have the best diet, and that she would often go without eating. A few years ago, she went vegan and she really started looking super-crazy-thin, and then she went off veganism and gained some weight back. That was last year, and I said it was probably the best she ever looked – she’s a small, petite girl, and you can really tell when she gains or loses five pounds, and when in doubt, gain the five pounds.

Anyway, Megan got pregnant around the end of 2011/beginning of this year, and she hid her bump for the most part, except for some notable (paid and highly organized) photo-ops. Megan gave birth to Noah Shannon in September, and now that she’s promoting This is 40, Megan is talking about body image and weight gain again. Apparently, she only gained 23 pounds while pregnant and she’s still carrying around 10 extra pounds.

Megan Fox isn’t in any hurry to get her pre-baby body back after the Sept. 27 birth of her first son, Noah.

“I only gained 23 pounds when I was pregnant and I’m still 10 pounds heavier, but I don’t want to kill myself trying to get back into shape because it’s not a priority right now,” she says in the Dec. 7 issue of the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. “I’m too in love with Noah and I don’t want to be away from him. I just want to be home.”

Fox, 26, also explains why she and husband Brian Austin Green, 39, recently decided to hire a nanny.

“Having an infant is difficult. It’s a lot of work and I didn’t hire any help because I overestimated my own abilities. I had no idea how difficult babies could be, so Brian and I were exhausted,” the star of This Is 40 says. “You never sleep and you’re awake all night and your entire life is devoted to this little thing that needs you constantly. And I love it. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl.”

The new mom continues, “I always wanted to mother things and I constantly had a doll I was taking care of. I don’t receive the same satisfaction from my career as I do from being a mother so I’m really happy. But two weeks ago I said to Brian, ‘We have to get a night nurse or we’re going to get a divorce because someone’s got to sleep in this house or we’re going to kill each other.’”

Fox — stepmom to Green’s son Kassius, 10 — tells the Daily Mirror that she’ll be shying away from sexier roles now that Noah is in her life. “It changes your perspective about being overly sexual in a film when you have a baby. I’m going to be more cautious about choosing films because I’m already thinking about when he’s in school and his friends are going to be showing him my photo shoots with me in a bikini and he’s going to be horrified,” the actress says. “So that will deter me from making some of the choices I made before.”

Of course, Fox’s wild days are far behind her. “I went through a stage in my early 20s when I was very rebellious against how I was raised and I wasn’t worried about faith or religion,” the Jennifer’s Body star admits. “But now, maybe because of getting married and wanting to have a family, I’ve come back full circle.”

[From Us Weekly]

For the “23 pounds” thing… it seems like too little to me, but I guess every woman’s body is different and if we’re taught not judge when a woman gains a lot of weight during her pregnancy, we shouldn’t judge when she gains too little. It might just be because – as I said before – Megan is really, really small already. She’s tiny. So, 23 pounds is a lot for her, I guess.

As for the nanny stuff… I’m not judging. I actually like how honest she is about not being able to handle it completely and needing some sleep.

Here’s a photo of Megan last month:

And here she is just a month before giving birth:

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. V4Real says:

    Oh go spit! Sorry but she’s getting on my nerves; she’s like the size of a pea and stating that she’s still 10 pounds heavier.

    • kate says:

      I gained 30 pounds during my pregnancy and I’m still 50 pounds heavier…12 years later. Ha!

    • Trek Girl says:

      @V4Real: well…is she wrong?

      It’s not like she said she was a cow. She’s just stating the fact that she gained 23 pounds, has yet to lose the last 10 pounds, and isn’t in a rush to do so. I don’t see a problem.

      Thin people can talk talk about their weight too.

      • V4Real says:

        Of course thin people can discuss their weight. Megan just needs to shut up because even with the extra ten pounds she is still very thin and lost the other pounds very quickly.

        There are women who are triple the size she is after giving birth, so that extra 10 pounds she is carrying on her thin frame, fails in comparison to these women. It’s probably just a ploy to get people to say how good she looks after giving birth. “What, you are still 10 pounds heavier; wow but you look amazing.”

      • Trek Girl says:

        @V4Real: So, let me get what you’re saying straight: Megan Fox shouldn’t talk about her pregnancy weight because there are other women who gained more weight than she did. Is that right?

        I gotta say, that’s some faulty logic right there.

        Megan Fox was pregnant. That means that she can talk about any part of it that she wants to, regardless of the experiences of others.

        She didn’t say that she gained the most weight ever gained during pregnancy, she didn’t say that 23 pounds is the only acceptable amount of weight to gain, and she didn’t say that she’s having a harder time losing the weight than anyone else. She simply stated what she gained, what she has left to lose, and how she isn’t in a rush to lose it.

        If we applied your logic in this matter to all pregnant women, no woman would be able to speak about their experience at all because there would always be someone else whose situation was worse. That’s just unreasonable.

      • BreeinSEA says:

        Trek Girl totally agree. She’s just discussing her circumstance, that’s all. I gained more than her and lost it super fast. Women don’t like hearing that. They love the struggle of others so they feel better about themselves.

      • V4Real says:

        @Trek Girl

        Seriously! Are you trying to start an argument over something so unworthy of a second thought such as me telling Megan to shut up about her 10 pounds. Go ahead and choose your battles but this is too small of a comment to be one.

        Sorry if your a fan of Megan but don’t tear into me because I told her to shut up about her 10 pounds and she’s getting on my nerves. I’m pretty sure there are some celebrities on this site that you have commented on and not in a good way. On this forum you are allowed to voice how you feel about them; the same way I am allowed to.

      • Sydney says:

        Trek girl:

        I think you’re wasting your breath, having seen V for real’s latest response, it doesn’t seem she understands how to argue rationally or logically.
        But I understand your points and am in total agreement.

      • Trek Girl says:

        @V4Real: I’m not starting an argument, I’m merely pointing out what I thought was unreasonable about your comment.

        My second comment made my point perfectly and I was going to leave it at that.

      • deehunny says:


        I don’t know how much you frequent this site but V4Real has made many intelligent posts throughout the months. For you to say she can’t, “argue rationally or logically” means you haven’t read the majority of her posts. It also means, to you, stating her opinion = not being able to argue rationally or logically.

        If that is the case I believe turn about is fair play and ask you keep your own opinions to yourself.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Alright, but I don’t want to hear about how you’re nicest woman in the world and you can’t talk to other women because they’re so far beneath your shining example when one comment has people coming out the woodwork performing armchair analysis on the person and not the comment. No need to get personal about something that wasn’t personally directed. Disagree with the point that the woman made if you’re so compelled and just leave it at that if that’s where the debate ends.

      • V4Real says:

        @deehunny, thank you; I really appreciated that.


        First, let me make it clear that my intentions were not to argue with anyone.

        Secondly, I made a lighthearted comment about Megan’s 10 extra pounds, and also stated that she was starting to get on my nerves. There’s no damn logic needed for that.

        Lastly, what’s illogical about pointing out that we all, including Trek Girl have made some negative comments about celebs that we have no interest in or just simply do not like due to our own personal reasons?

        In closing, basically what you’re trying to do is fan the flame. No wait you’re trying to ignite the flame and then fan it, all over nothing. Now I will admit that I have had some pretty intense and passionate debates with other bloggers about certain issues regarding celebrities but nothing as trivial as telling Megan to STFU about her 10 pounds.

      • Sydney says:

        Reasonably frequently but not enough to memorise every single person’s name who posts on here nor their content of their posts.
        If you don’t agree with my opinion then fair enough, but no matter how well intentioned, unless you’re the moderator you don’t really get to say who can express an opinion. If it bothers you that much, then go ahead and report my comment as spam or abuse, that way you won’t have to worry about exposing yourself my opinions again going forward. However I don’t think you’ll be able to do this for every single opinion you disagree with, so maybe you need to find a better way to cope with seeing opinions which may differ to yours.

        You’re right – I could have expressed my opinion better, but I stand by what I said, the points you put forth in your comment at 11:22 am doesn’t really make sense, at least not to me and not to Trek Girl (and no, we’re not one and the same person). That aside, you’re entitled to your opinion even if I don’t understand or agree with it. Inspite of what I said, I didn’t mean to upset you and I’m sorry that I did. I hope you have a good day.

    • Vesper Lynd says:

      Like the post states, at least she is being honest about it. It indeed is tough when you’re a first time mom, some of us don’t have family around or enough money to hire a reputable nanny you can trust your baby to. I like that Megan is not coming across as super mother extordinaire and her bump was real…winking at Beyonce…

  2. TorontoE says:

    I used to not like her and her crazy facial tweeking but I’m really starting to. I love that she said she said she orginally didn’t get a nanny because she over-estimated herself, not some trite “I don’t want anyone else ‘raising’ my baby” BS. And good for her for ‘admitting’ she needs help-unlike everyone else in hollywood who pretends to be horrified with the idea but has several nannies.

    • pamspam says:

      Same here – she’s growing on me. I think, if one can afford it, a night nurse twice a week is a fantastic idea. Why not get some sleep? It’s not like someone else is raising her kid.

      • Gia says:

        OMG I have a 16 month old and if I could afford a nanny, oh HELL yes I would! Not for every day, but every other day, even just to do the house work so I could focus on my boy. And the infant stage…she’s right. The lack of sleep is trying on any relationship. As far as the weight gain, I only gained 25 lbs. I was very healthy and exercised and am now back to pre baby weight. Everyone is different though.

      • flan says:

        I’ve also started liking her the last year or something.

        It started when Michael Bay and Shia LaDouche kept stabbing her in the media long after she stopped talking about them. Bay, who is way older than her by the way, apparently never got over the fact that she did not worship.

        I saw his old movie ‘bad boys’ and there were lines like “I hate it when a bitch lets herself go”, which I suspect quite literally come from his own ideas about women.

        Glad that she walked away from those creeps and finds a better way in life.

      • bluhare says:

        Gia: Nannies don’t do housework. They are nannies. They look after the child. If you hire someone to do housework, s/he is a housekeeper.

      • Skipper says:

        I would hire a housekeeper in a second but I think I’d feel like a failure as a mother if I had to hire a nanny. Assuming I wasn’t hiring a nanny to watch him while I was at work.

      • Liv says:

        I think it’s perfectly fine to get some help when having a baby.

        But I must always laugh a bit about these celebritys. My mom has four children and dealt with all of us plus a dog all by herself. She just got help from time to time by my grandmother.

        And these celebritys have nannies for just 1-2 kids. And I am not talking about someone who cares for your child when you are working or something, I am talking about these celebritys who can’t go out with their kids all by themselves ;-)

    • StephanieMarie2685 says:

      She grew on me after I saw her on SNL. She really was funny and didn’t just sit there being the “pretty” character. I think in one she had a mullet?

      The only part of the “tweeking” I don’t like is The Tinman nose

    • Happy21 says:

      I feel exactly the same way about her.

      She actually seems like a pretty sweet girl.

  3. valleymiss says:

    Ever since she talked shit about Michael Bay, I’ve liked her.

  4. mommak918 says:

    Normally I can’t stand her…but yea, admitting she can’t do it is nice to hear…especially being a mom of two, a two year old and a 6wk old…and working. Oh, and having a husband whose working away.
    It is hard doing it all. And the relationship between husband and wife is put on the back burner during these first months.
    Id love help if the money was there…
    Maybe just an hour or two a day to shower…clean a house? Get a workout in!

    • TorontoE says:

      Wow -6 wks and back to work already AND taking care of a toddler on your own. Will stop complaining about by billable hour targets now (hangs head sheepishly). You are an all-star!

      • mommak918 says:

        Thanks TorontoE. Yes…I survive on very little sleep. I have my weekly melt downs…
        I work from home. Though it sounds ideal, I normally start my ‘payable work’ once the 2 yr old is down and with a newborn on my breast. Blessed to stay home for sure. At least I don’t have to be in true pants yet.

        Unlike Megan, I have 21lbs to go. Haha!

  5. Jenna says:

    23 pounds isn’t a little. At first the recommended weight gain was 20 to 30 pounds. Apparently it’s been bumped up to 25 to 35 pounds, but still…that isn’t little. Besides, apparently Victoria Beckham only gain 17 pounds for one of her pregnancies. And I hear that the last 10 pounds are a REAL bitch to get rid of. But I’m sure Megan could probably carry it well.

  6. whataboutmo says:

    Eh, whatever. My mom is a petite woman and she only gained 20-30 lbs when she was pregnant with both me and my sister and I have a friend right now who is 4 months along and still wearing her same clothes as before. Everyone is different!

  7. Mimi says:

    Every pregnancy is different. I’m only 5 feet tall and normally 95lbs. I gained 30 lbs while pregnant. Everything went to my stomach and I looked like one of those freaking dancing eggs in a Easter parade. You know, where their arms and legs are really skinny and their mid sections are like balloons. It was not cute lol.

    • V. says:

      Ha ha! I’m just like you, my office mates nicknamed me the Olive and the Toothpick! I looked normal from behind and then pop an olive in the front. I gained 29lbs and lost 15lbs of it just giving birth. The last bit came off after about 3 months of breastfeeding. I feel lucky and my baby was healthy.

      • Mimi says:

        Sounds identical to me. My husband swears that about two months after giving birth to our son, he couldn’t even tell I was ever pregnant. Guess we were lucky lol. I got lots of teasing from friends and family, too. Just part of being preggers, I guess lol.

    • Skipper says:

      Me too – I’m only 5 feet tall as well and I gained 40 lbs while pregnant! I looked silly… skinny arms and legs and enormous, gravity-defying midsection. I never was able to lose those last 10 lbs. and now I’m preg again (my daughter turned 2 in October). I am going to try not to gain 40 lbs. this time b/c I’m afraid of how hard it will be to lose that much weight for a second time (plus I’ll be 40 by the time babe #2 arrives, which doesn’t help matters). Eeeeek!

  8. lucy2 says:

    I appreciate her candor regarding the nanny.
    23 lbs seems a little low, is it? As long as everyone’s healthy, I guess.

  9. BabySwans says:

    According to my obgyn I was only suppose to gain 20-25 lbs. it’s a good thing I followed her advice & gained 40…haha ugh.

  10. shewolf says:

    I gained 15 lbs with my first and 17 lbs with my second. I am 5’6 and hang out around 130 lbs. I went to 42 and 40 weeks with both of them and they were both 8 lbs 2 oz. I lost all the weight immediately.

    Before you hate me just know it took months before my body went back to normal though. I still had a belly that took months to deflate, my hips took months before they werent wider than normal etc.

    I think it all comes down to genetics because some women can gain like 50 lbs and snap back to their former shape within 6 weeks. I was never able to do that!

    I should add it helps if you eat properly and exercise the entire pregnancy. I was meticulous about that.

  11. KellyinSeattle says:

    she looks ver pretty, but that dress is tied all weird and reminds me of an Anna Nicole dress gone bad. It doesn’t fit her right.

  12. TheOriginalKitten says:

    So if she’s going to refrain from choosing roles that are “overly sexual” then I guess that means she’s going to fade off into the sunset. Honestly, I doubt there’s much out there for her. In fact, her and Alba will probably be competing for the same garbage roles as “token sexy girl”.

    Anyway, she looks better to me with a little bit of weight on her. She’s very pretty…

  13. yolo says:

    Soooo, as someone that’s 27 weeks preggers and has already gained 26 pounds….F off, Megan!! …I feel better now… I hafta agree with most of the other comments – waking up every 2 hours to take care of an infant is soooo hard. Good for her for being real about how difficult it is and can be. As far as her acting…well, best of luck with that…

  14. Aubra says:

    Fetch still aint happening with this girl…bye!

  15. wonderwoman21 says:

    I absolutely think Megan Fox is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood! Even though yeah she definitely has some plastic surgery, but she looks gorgeous.

  16. Mew says:

    Why is this news? Women go all about feminism and sorts and then it’s some sort of a news if some chick gains some weight when she’s pregnant. Why is it any news at all? Is my daily weight gain news too? Who would buy that? Who? Who gives a flying anything about it? Nobody, that’s who.

  17. Stuart Horsely says:

    Who cares? Her face is so ruined that she can’t even smile properly. Cheek implants? Come off it. They look like hell and very painful. Google some “before” pix and you will see how cute she was. No brains, but cute.

  18. Reggie says:

    I’ve always liked her. I think she has a good head on her shoulders and she knows who she is. She seems to always get the short end of the stick and I don’t understand why women constantly bash her.

  19. Alexis says:

    It’s not terribly uncommon for already petite women to gain very little in their first pregnancy. My mom was around Megan’s age when she had me (her first child) and was already swimsuit ready a few weeks after my birth. Not everyone blows up Jessica Simpson-style.

  20. Lisa says:

    30 lbs is the max you should gain during pregnancy. I like her, even if I’ve never seen her act in anything. Would that spoil it? Haha.

  21. Vickyb says:

    Sounds like a fine amount to me – I only put on 22pounds, but I’m large anyway and I was really healthy and nutritious with what I ate.

    I also really like her honesty – at least she’s not doing being Goop-y and saying that she’s got it all under control, no nannies, only artistic films, and just finished a 4hr Mummy and Me yoga class! Sleeping a couple of nights a week will mean she can be a better parent to her child, with the renewed energy that only an unbroken night can give a new mama!

  22. Ginger says:

    I gained just about 25 pounds but my little man was born early due to extreme complications. I wouldn’t have cared if I gained 50 pounds if my baby could have gone to term like he was supposed to. I admire women who are able to eat healthy (which I did) and exercise throughout pregnancy (which I could not because I was on bed rest). As long as everyone is healthy it DOESN’T matter! I agree that because Megan is so small that a gain of 23 pounds is appropriate. My own Mom is tiny and she gained about that much during both of her pregnancies. I think it’s refreshing to hear Megan talk about how really difficult it is taking care of an infant in those first months. I believe most Mom’s would hire someone if they could afford to do so. I know if I had money, I would hire a housekeeper and a driver with no apologies to anyone! LOL! My “little” man is old enough now that I no longer need a nanny. When I was younger I worked as both a nanny and a housekeeper so I say, keep these people employed! :)

  23. Jay says:

    I used to be unable to stand her, but I’ve really started to come around. She seems to be pretty sensible and self-aware, which is refreshing. Plus, facial tweaking or not, she’s still gorgeous.

  24. sunnyinseattle says:

    They named their baby Noah? That was Donna’s other major boyfriend on 90210. Remember? Lol I will always think of that now. ;-)

  25. JM says:

    If I could do things differently I probably would’ve hired a night nurse when my kids were newborns. Sleep deprivation really is brutal and honestly it does put a strain on relationships. Good for her for being honest about it.

  26. mar says:

    her face has looked off to me for about 2 years now

  27. CatJ says:

    She and Jessica Biel have interchangeable noses.

  28. Agnes says:

    i gained 11 lbs with my son. post-birth, i actually weighed less than i did when i got pregnant. i had gestational glucose intolerance (one step down from gestational diabetes – which btw, was my body’s reaction to pregnancy, and not diet-based) and had to alter my diet quite a bit – no processed sugar, no candy, no ice cream, no baked goods. i ate small amounts of carbs at a time not to spike my sugar, which would have been bad for the baby. the docs were ok with my weight gain, and all was well in the end. basically – everyone is different.

    jessica simpson gets slammed for gaining too much, megan for gaining too little. as long as the baby and the mom are doing well, people should chill.

    and i appreciate what she’s said about the nanny. we’ve also underestimated what having a newborn means. my son is 3 months old now and i freaking wish i could afford someone for a few hours each day so i could take a nap, a shower, go to the gym, spend time with my husband. all pipe dreams at this point. :)

  29. Cliff says:

    Lol someone up there ^^ said ‘she lost the other pounds very quickly’……

    Do you realise the weight you gain during pregnancy is partly BABY? Once the baby is expelled from your body along with loads of fluids, you are likely to lose around 10 pounds immediately, depending on the weight of your bub?

    Lol… people…

  30. Mo says:

    Megan Fox still looks amazing despite the gain of the extra 10 baby pounds.

    I Got UGGs!

  31. Memphis says:

    I usually side eye the crazy that comes out of her mouth.. but I like the fact that she seems honest here.

  32. Jess says:

    I didn’t even know she was pregnant! hahaha

  33. M says:

    You actually dont need to gain more than 20 pounds to have a healthy pregnany. All you need is an extra 300 calories a day because thats all your baby is going to use, any more is all you. In fact, it can be unhealthy to gain more than 30 pounds and thats where gestational diabetes can come into play.

  34. Sydney says:

    Oops, posted in wrong place.

  35. fallen says:

    My mom was 5’6 and 110 lb when she got pregnant with me, she was 120 when I was born. Everyone is different, I hope that when I have kids I don’t gain too much cause I am way shorter than my mom.

  36. crazydaisy says:

    Weight gain aside, considering her roles in Hollywood never went far past sexy babe, motherhood is probably the end of Megan the Fox’s career. What’s left, unless she’s aiming for a UN Humanitarian gig? My guess is she’ll be dancing with the stars by 2014.

  37. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren, who have both taken it off for the camera, are far braver and more excellent actresses than this chick.

  38. ImpyLovesYou says:

    Wow I love this article! The 23 pound thing is a bit…odd, I suppose. I really disliked Megan for a while but this makes me think that maybe motherhood did bring her down to earth. Or maybe she already was and was just being a regular person and I was judging too harshly. Props to her! Wonderful article too, well written. :)

  39. lana says:

    I only gained 22 pounds with my first baby (which I had lost only a week after, without any kind of exercise), and 25 pounds with the second (which took me about five months to loose, and this time I had to work out to do it, but nothing crazy). My mom actually lost weight during her pregnancy with me (which I don’t think was healthy, but nothing bad happened thank God) so I suppose we are that kind of women. We are not skinny people (not fat either), we just don’t gain lots of weight while pregnant I suppose.

  40. anneesezz says:

    Is that supposed to be a big deal? That’s exactly what I gained too. Big whoop!

  41. Laura says:

    My sister actually lost weight in her first two months-from giving up alcohol and switching to healthier food.