Zoe Saldana ‘feels bad for women who are desperate to bounce back’ post-baby

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We haven’t heard from Zoe Saldana in a few months. She’s been laying low, raising her twin boys, Bowie and Cy, and not sleeping much at all. The lack of sleep makes me empathize with her so much. There are few things more miserable than keeping it together while struggling to stay awake, and then two babies start crying at once? No thanks. This is the sort of thing that makes Zoe’s occasional lack of perspective fade away.

Zoe has spoken before on her struggle to regain her previous figure after housing two babies inside her bod. Zoe’s always been tall and lanky, and I think she expected to bounce back without much effort, but it didn’t happen that way. The experience can be humbling, especially when film producers are watching and taking measurements. Zoe multitasked (as moms do) by speaking with both People and Us Weekly at a Verizon sneak peek event:

She’s not feeling fantastic: “It hurts to be in heels still! And I remember my sister telling me – she’s a mom of two girls – and she’d be like, ‘Zoe, you will understand when you’re there.’ I thought, ‘I’m going to live forever, heels every day, Louboutin, here we go!’ But there’s something that happens to your body hormonally, and it’s not just the weight that you acquire but your nerves, your muscles … Everything hurts and feels uncomfortable.”

On the post-baby body: “You have to remind yourself that everything takes time. I feel bad for those women who are desperate and want to bounce back three months after having a baby. It’s more like – ‘Breastfeed! Stay home! Sleep! Your kid is only 3 months old, what are you going to the gym for? Catch up on f***ing reruns of some sort!’ I definitely took a break and trusted that my body was going to bounce back when it was ready. I never wanted to push myself.”

On raising twins: “We have a tribe. Whenever we’re overwhelmed — and when you have twins, you get overwhelmed quite easily and really quickly — you just send out an SOS, man, and they will cancel. They will find a nanny for their kids. They’ll bring the kids, and then we end up kind of relaxing. The moment anybody goes, ‘I’ll take care of them’ — take them up on it.”

[From Us Weekly & People]

Zoe’s backtracking a little bit. She did push herself almost immediately after giving birth, but she pulled back a lot. Kids do that to you, like it or not. They force you to prioritize, and there’s not much choice in the matter. The sacrifice is worth it … until they turn into teenagers and start a whole new set of demands. Eh, it’s all worth it in the end. We just need several more hours in the day to get it all done. Anyway, Mr. Marco Saldana and Zoe are keeping it together. They look like they love being parents.


Zoe Saldana

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  1. Tiffany says:

    I said this before and I will say it again. You want the kids to have privacy, let them have it. Your photos with them make you look thirsty.

    • Dhavynia says:

      I don’t know how many pics of her kids she’s posted but this is the first time I see one
      She looks good, I’m still struggling after 4years and I only have one.
      Looks like he also gained some pregnancy weight, not that there’s anything wrong with it

      • Neah23 says:

        She post pictures of her kids a lot, you’ll see a lot of them at the Daily mail or celebrity baby sites.

  2. Kitten says:

    She is so freakin annoying. Her man though? I so would, even with the scrunchie.

  3. Lama Bean says:

    I liked her post-baby body. Voluptuous and curvy. She didn’t have that skeleton look.

  4. MyHiddles says:

    She looks so much better with a few pounds on, she was too thin before she got pregnant. Also, she looks great without makeup. Good for her for not pushing her body to bounce back. There are more important things to do as a new mom than hit the gym.

    • Cassie says:

      She was thin and had a very slender body type. And healthy apparently! She is natural with her body type.

      Zoe is an actress who always did physical activities and did all her own actions scenes when there was no need to employ somebody else to do them (aka any type of danger).

      A woman does not look beautiful and real doing action scenes when very overweight or obese. Very overweight or obese bodies are the body types people want to see on the screen because it’s what expected to see on the streets but these body standards of today do not fit well with scenes where the body has to move a lot and fast.

      • AG says:

        Excuse me, but as a professional dancer who is by no stretch of the social imagination “skinny”, your comment annoys me, and makes me think you’ve not been out in the world much lately. This attitude is a significant pet peeve of mine, hence the following somewhat scolding, Zoe Saldana-free, mini-rant.

        Plenty of people over their socially dictated “ideal weight” are extremely active, and it has been known for quite some time that weight alone is a highly unreliable test of a person’s overall health and physical ability. Case in point? People pay all the time to see me, and many others like me, move our bodies “a lot and fast” because we are good at it, and frankly, look damn good doing it. Please feel free to make a reasonable attempt to stop judging people’s skills and abilities based on a medically unsound, socially perpetuated health myth.

        Your logic that people want to see “very overweight and obese” body types on screens doesn’t pan out either; clearly most people (sadly) still think like you and find it off-putting to see people with varied body types on screen (especially the bodies of women), otherwise we would see them all over the place. Which we don’t. More importantly, we wouldn’t feel the need to point it out as extraordinary every time it happened. Which we seem to.

        And by the way, if an obese woman was capable of, and chose to perform her own stunts, she would by definition “look . . . real” because she would, in point of fact, actually be real. Beauty is, as always, more than a little subjective, but I am sorry you are limiting your own opportunities for enjoyment by employing such a seemingly narrow definition of the concept.

        I’ll take any replies off the line, as it were; I have a dance class to teach. Translation: I have to go fling my curvy body around “a lot and fast”, but also slow and gracefully; try not to cover your eyes, you might be pleasantly surprised. Try also to evaluate someone’s skills and abilities after you have actually seen them in action, and on a individual basis, not on a fleeting glance, and sweeping, unfounded group bias. This plump athlete, at least, will appreciate it. *stepping off soapbox*

  5. V4Real says:

    Well at least she’s not jumping on the I am taking care of my kids myself bandwagon and admits to having help. I like her for saying “if people offer to help and take the kids, take them up on it.” Hell yea I would.

    The thing about Zoe’s baby weight is that there are some women who would kill to be that size. She wasn’t that big and a few extra pounds would not hurt her long, thin frame. But I’m assuming she wants to get back to the same size she was pre-pregnancy.

  6. Darkladi says:

    She annoys the living sh*t out of me. I try but I just can’t.

  7. Sam says:

    I get what she’s saying, but it came out wrong. If your body IS your business, like for a lot of actresses and models, then yes, you do probably need to “bounce back” relatively quickly, because the business is competitive and nobody is going to wait for you. Zoe has sort of carved out a nice niche as a sci-fi/action actress, so maybe that keeps her in roles. She seems like she’s genuinely content to just be a mother now, and if she likes that, then keep on.

  8. Sunnyside says:

    It’s not just celebrities that face that pressure. I’m just shy of 6 months pregnant with my third child and my mom asked for a belly pic. Thinking she’s excited about her first grandson I sent it, and she looks and says, “oh good, you’re not as huge as I thought you’d be by now, especially since you’re about to be thirty. Yeah you’re still pretty skinny and you can hurry and lose that extra as soon as he’s born. You seem to lose weight when you breastfeed so keep that up.” I shouldn’t have been surprised! I had to get on her and say, “yes I lose TOO much weight when I breast feed and the babies don’t get enough calories. I’m going to be eating all I can so the baby can gain weight I don’t care about my figure and I’m not going to worry about it until the baby is weaned!” My husbands grandmother comments on my weight as well. It’s really frustrating. I don’t let it get to me because the baby’s health is priority but I get what Zoe is saying. Good for her for not caving to the pressure the whole time and going easy on herself. Not surprising if she tried at first, she’s human and its her career overall.

    • Joaneu says:

      Congrats for number 3, Sunnyside! 🙂
      I tell you, the “lose weight from breastfeeding” trick never worked for me. If anything, I stayed stagnant or gained a bit. Nonetheless, it is the best decision I ever made for my kids.

  9. me says:

    i feel her, but when your body is your business you don’t have much of a choice, plus she did carry well and her body was amazing after giving birth, if it wasn’t the case, she would have done exactly the same thing bouncing back post baby just a quickly as models and actress

  10. paranormalgirl says:

    I never lost those 10 pounds I couldn’t get rid of following Siobhan’s birth. They simply became part of me. LOL.

  11. Regina Phelange says:

    Can she talk about anything else? Please?

  12. Tacos and TV says:

    She seems smug. Seriously. I am so turned off by her.

  13. Sure Jan says:

    Many women work out some months after giving birth to get back in shape or to get in shape in order to be healthy nothing wrong with that. Working out a couple of days out of the week is good doesn’t take away from mommy duties.

  14. Alana says:

    She wouldn’t be saying that if she had problem losing the weight or had gained excessive amount like some do . She was very skinny to begin with so the extra pounds look good on her. For women who are bigger that is a problem esp on the industry they are in. I think that’s a smug comment

  15. I Choose Me says:

    She can be clueless and up her own ass sometimes but she doesn’t irk me as much as she seems to irk a lot of other posters. I like the dynamic between her and her husband and she looks like she really enjoys being a mom.

  16. Lost In Oz says:

    I get really uncomfortable when people comment on my post baby body and at one point (three months post partum) I weighed less than I did in HS. It’s not the same body I had before and it likely never will be.

    I don’t understand why people (grown adults) feel the need to comment on other people’s bodies. I find it really odd and disturbing. You never know what someone is struggling with (weight loss, eating disorders, pregnant, post pregnancy) so it’s not all that nice to voice opinions.

    Edit: I didn’t mean on here. I know it’s a gossip website. I meant “in real life”. Someone said something to me the other day and I was just a bit taken aback.

    • Joaneu says:

      I like what you said here. I feel very much the same about my own body. Weight wise, I weigh the same as when I got married but my body has been seriously altered by multiple pregnancies, including a twin one. My abdomen area is a mess, needless to say. Rather than resort to surgery (tummy tuck), I’m trying to just live with it as best I can.

  17. Sarah01 says:

    I think rather than focus on being thin women need to focus on being healthy especially after having kids.
    If average women had access to what celebrities have access to, we’d all be skinny. Good health equals better life.