Megan Fox on getting in shape after baby #3: ‘it was a struggle’


Megan Fox had three babies in four years, that’s a lot of wear and tear on the body for anyone. Her youngest son, Journey, turned one last month but, as we know, Megan looks amazing and has gotten back to her pre-baby body. So amazing, in fact, that she’s shooting her latest Frederick’s of Hollywood campaign. However, when asked how she got back to her fighting weight, Megan admits it wasn’t that easy. She struggled through very hard workouts.

Megan Fox‘s trim and toned body may look effortless, but the 31-year-old actress says she actually put a lot of work into slimming down after the birth of her third son, Journey River.

During a chat with Extra on the set of her shoot for the fall lingerie campaign for Frederick’s of Hollywood, Fox revealed her secrets to getting her body back after baby.

“I worked out really hard,” the star admitted. “This time, it was a struggle for me. There was a lot of walks and very long runs. It was awful.”

Of course, having three sons at home — including 13-month-old Journey, 3½-year-old Bodhi Ransom and Noah Shannon, 5 next month — means finding time for workouts wasn’t easy.

“I haven’t slept in almost a year. There’s not one night that I have slept through the night,” Fox says. “I’m still breastfeeding and [Journey] wakes up all the time, and then the other two come and wake me up and get in bed also.”

That has made romance with husband Brian Austin Green a little challenging. “We’ve got three kids. It’s like, make it happen, when it can happen, how it happens,” she teases.

Green revealed recently that he was interested in trying for baby No. 4. “I want a girl,” the actor – who also has a son, 15-year-old Kassius, from a previous relationship — explained in a Facebook Live chat with Hollywood Pipeline’s Dax Holt in August. “I really want a girl.”

So how does Fox feel about all this?

“I’m not [pining for a girl],” she tells Extra. “I know Brian would like a girl, but they seem much more challenging if I’m any indication.”

In the meantime, Green can enjoy her sexy lingerie photoshoots — though Fox jokes that they don’t do as much for him anymore. “We’ve been together for 13 years,” she says. “Not that he doesn’t appreciate it, he does. But it’s just not new.”

[From People]

Man, I really hope that “just not new” comment was Megan trying to be humble and was not based on something her husband said to her. Because if it is, it looks like I have a new face for my dart board. There are much better ways to let a person know they will always be sexy, no matter what their figure looks like. As for her comments about not sleeping for a year, that elicited a physical reaction on my part. I couldn’t go back to those days. This older kid thing is hard but at least now there are a few restful nights.

I applaud Megan admitting she had to work her ass off (literally) to get her body back. Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson also admitted that they worked hard to get their figures back post pregnancy. I think it is very important for people to know that not only do these women have to go to extreme measures to get to whatever goal they are shooting for, some are motivated by a contractual obligation. I’m sure Frederick’s didn’t tell Megan she better lose her weight or she was out, but I’ll bet they dropped a few hints. Megan looks great, they all look great and I guess it makes me feel better to hear she didn’t snap back easily. But you know what would make me feel a lot better? A shot of a not flat stomach. Or a yoga-pants-because-I-can’t-button-my-jeans-yet picture. I understand these actresses are just like us *pulls tongue from cheek* but a little photographic evidence wouldn’t hurt.


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  1. slowsnow says:

    After Clooney’s, another gender-based comment.
    Really? Are girls more difficult than boys? Such a silly thing to say (I have a girl and 3 boys).

    • Kitten says:

      I don’t have kids but this is something I’ve heard countless times from friends with kids: girls are harder to raise than boys and it IS sexist–there’s no getting around that.
      I get the idea behind it: that girls grow into young women and the worrying starts when the dating starts, that girls can be rebellious or take chances that can stress a mom out–I get it–but it’s still sexist, sorry.

      I can tell you that growing up, I got in less trouble than my older brother did. Although, to be fair, both of us were pretty good kids.

      Finally, the idea that girls are harder to raise reinforces the false notion that young women should be treated differently, that they are more “precious” and “fragile” thus more prone to victimization. And while the latter part of my statement might be statistically true, I think we owe it to our young women to empower them, not to make them fearful. Young women are capable and smart and being strong-willed is NOT a negative. We raise boys to embrace being unapologetically strong and capable and the same message should apply to girls IMO.

      IDK..could be (probably) overthinking it but that’s how I feel this morning.

      • slowsnow says:


        These sexist comments are merely projections, as she says so herself “if I’m any indication”.

        I also find it really dangerous to generalise like this because boys internalise problems due to this culture and therefore are prone to a certain kind of mental illnesses and suicide ( if what I have been reading is right, I am not a specialist and I am talking about the UK).

      • Kitten says:


        Plus it also feeds into that tired old trope that women are a pain in the ass, that we are too emotional, too high-maintenance, too dramatic and too much to “handle”.

      • Slowsnow says:

        Right! Yes, that’s the other side of the issue. These clichés help no one and even worse prevent personalities to develop in a positive, self-affirming way.

      • Rey says:

        I agree with you all. These gendered comments are more about parents themselves rather than kids. It is a huge double edged sword too. Kitten already excellently explained why it was harmful to girls and it is not really good for boys too. I once read a study how especially fathers ( but mothers too, especially emotive part) are more touchy-feely and emotive with their daughters. That is sad. We learn bonding when we are kids. It is hard to start bonding as an adult. It is hard to learn being in touch with your feelings and
        accepting you are vulnerable that late in life.

        How do we raise our boys? Sometimes we actually don’t raise them. We follow our daughters every step and take care of them until they are adults and sometimes even after that. We leave our sons to their own devices when they stop being kids. That is why they end up in streets, find themselves stuck in violent gangs and have violent mental breakdowns much more than girls. This is , I believe, one of the reasons why parents think girls are harder. They know they will have parent harder.

        I am not pointing fingers at individual parents by the way. I am just pointing out our societal norms.

        Unfortunately cannot find it right now, I will add the link if I can.

      • Boo Peep says:

        @kitten This! ^ agree 100x over. Maybe if Megan had said that it’s more difficult raising girls because of the sexism in our society. But she seems to be saying that it’s more difficult raising girls because of something inherent in the girl.

      • Mama says:

        My daughter has been a breeze and my son has been trouble. Every child is different.

    • Kit says:

      Every parent has their own expert opinion based on their kids but it’s not their sex that makes it easy or difficult, it’s their personality and the parent’s expectation of how that sex should be raised. The world is a sexist place but just as important as raising a girl to survive and thrive in it, is raising a boy who doesn’t perpetuate it. Both are challenging.

    • pinetree13 says:

      It is sexist!

      I absolutely hate the things people say. Things like “Oh you have daugthers? They are SO MUCH harder as teenagers.” That is not true. It comes down to personality. Both me and my sister were good teens who studied hard and were polite. Meanwhile my high school boyfriend was an absolute terror to his parents and super rude and disrespectful to them.

      Yet, whenever someone has more than one little girl people always make “Poor you, you’re going to have more than one teenage girl!” comments. As if teenage girls are the worst thing in the world.

      So yes, it is absolutely dripping with sexism when people make “girls are harder to raise” comments.

  2. Zondie says:

    I never had any problems getting back into shape after any of my three children. But then working full time, shopping for and preparing dinner, cleaning up and helping with homework, repeat the next day and so on, will whip you into shape.

  3. Kitten says:

    I mean…I’m not a huge BAG fan, but I think I understand what she was saying re: “it’s not new”.
    I think she just meant that after 13 years it’s probably more about comfort and intimacy than it is about *just* horniness and sexual attraction. At least I hope that’s what she meant.

    I liked her on New Girl. She’s grown on me a lot over the years.

    • slowsnow says:

      I don’t understand the outrage. Fox has always been perceived as sexy so I am pretty sure she wants her husband to appreciate her sexually for more than her body and the “sexy pics” he’s seen a hundred times. With the years I have found sexiness in many other ways than the obvious sexy smiles + biceps in my husband. And I find these other forms of physical attraction much more exciting.

      • Kitten says:

        Exactly! For me that’s one of the most amazing things about true intimacy–that gradual transition from pure sexual chemistry to sharing something that is more nuanced and meaningful.

  4. Jillian says:

    I’ve heard boys are a lot easier to raise than girls. Seem like girls have a lot more rules than boys.

    I like Meghan Fox. Really enjoyed her on New Girl. I’ve always been meh about jess and nick getting together.

    Can’t wait for the last 8 episodes

    • pinetree13 says:

      “I’ve heard boys are a lot easier to raise than girls” – I’ve heard that a lot too. Just like I’ve heard, “Woman are lousy drivers” and “women are too emotional to be effective leaders” a lot too.

      Please don’t buy into cultural misogyny.

  5. Happy21 says:

    I really like her. She used to make me roll my eyes every time she opened her mouth but I quite like her now. She’s seems to have either changed, grown on me, or I’m not so hard on her.
    I’m pretty sure BAG knows what he’s got and he’s likely seen her naked a million times so, no, it’s not new but it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t still find her incredibly sexy in lingerie or in her comfy clothes.

  6. Horse Marine says:


    I have a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old son, and I find my son so much more easy-going and less dramatic than his sister. He’s just easier. Not all girls are dramatic, for sure, but in my experience, yeah, the cliché is true.

    I’d like a third child eventually, and I’ll be happy regardless of gender, but deep down in my heart, I kind of hope it’s going to be another boy.

    • Slowsnow says:

      I feel like the gender fluid mum croisader here but have you ever thought it’s’their personalities? And also they’ll grow up, have different phases and if they’re pinned down as such they’ll act with or against these ideas. As I said above I have an 18 year old daughter, 16 year old son and 2 younger sons. Our 11 year old was a tornado in the house (so he’d be the girl: dramatic, jealous etc) until he was about 7/8 years old. He’s completely different now to the point where when I’m told he’s polite and sweet I still think (“my son??”).
      I don’t want to pontificate, just sharing my experience and my firm belief that we sometimes encapsulate humans in a small side of what they are for no real reason.

    • tracking says:

      My situation is the same, hyperdramatic difficult daughter and calm sweet son, but that is just anecdotal. I look around and see plenty of “easy” girls and difficult boys. I agree it’s just personality difference versus gender differences, though the socialized differences do start early. (I will say I LOL’d at her comment though, only because she was specifically referring to herself).

    • isabelle says:

      Watch out later for the quite one. While it appears that child is the most “behaved” that will be the child that eventually hides things from you and does it behind your back. Rarely communicates what they are feeling or need. Be very aware those so called “good” kids, they may not be as great as you think. .

    • Delta Juliet says:

      I have two sons…..14 and 7. One is even keeled and pretty easy going. The other is drama with a capital D and very emotional. You just never know.

  7. Jordan says:

    I’ve always loved this woman. Just not when she messed with her face. She looks better when she leaves it alone. Love her
    The not new comment, I took it as the length of time they’ve been together doesn’t make the lingerie or special outfits too exciting from her gig. They’ve probably been there done that. Especially when she can afford Agent Provacateur or the other expensive lines.

  8. detritus says:

    Do Megan and Olivia M buy potatoes from the same Japanese vendor?

  9. CharlieBouquet says:

    Damn in the front page pic she looks oddly like Russell Brand ( I think that’s his name) For some non logical reason I think BAG is a guy who puts his woman down, so he can then lift her up….They are both physically beautiful, but I can’t help but feel he likes her barefoot and preggy to make him the cement in the relationship. I mean the woman just sacrificed her body for 3 births, let her rest before her teeth fall out gosh sakes.
    As for difference in sexes, I wept with gratitude finding out my fetus had twig and berries ( he’s 4 now) As a multiple molestation survivor, females are born into a variety of victimization circles. Also having a son, having cleaned my nieces diapers, cleaning Dookie from a vagina is way harder than wiping it off berries lol. Just my nothing opinion;)

  10. Adele Dazeem says:

    In my experience it has been that we expect girls to be ‘good girls,’ while ‘boys will be boys.’ Tired old tropes both ways but it’s true.

    As a parent of both I find myself wondering what (and when) it is we as a society ‘domesticate’ (for lack of a better term) our females. Because my daughter has a fire and a motivation that her male peers often lack. And yet at some point in her life, her ‘fire’ will become Hillary Clinton-esque bossiness while my son will be a ‘natural born leader, an aggressive alpha.’ Barf.

    Sorry, angry tangent over.

    • Boo Peep says:

      @Adele Agree 🙁 And when people bring up and critique these issues, many times, defenders will pin the “good girl” and “boys are boys” trope to biological differences and not a cultural double standard. It’s just sad.

  11. Ann says:

    What’s the bs about girls being more “challenging”? Growing up, most kids with behavioral problems were boys and from what I can see, that’s still the way it is.

  12. sunshine gold says:

    I think everything she said was incredibly relatable and makes her seem like any normal mom. I really can’t get on the sexism train with this one, sometimes you just have to let things go.

  13. monette says:

    I, for one, wanted a boy because life for girls is much much harder. Society, unfortunately, isn’t getting any better for women.
    We have to be everything, all the time.
    Hopefully, I can raise my son in such a way that he will be able to make it better. Be a good husband, a good boss, a good dad. That treats women with the respect they deserve.