Getting better after babies. Zoe Saldana shared in a descriptive new Facebook post that her body has physically transformed after welcoming her twins with husband Marco Perego last fall.
"As you all know, we welcomed twin boys [Cy and Bowie] last November," the Guardians of the Galaxy actress, 36, wrote on April 10. "Yes, by far, the most amazing experience of my life, but also a very challenging experience when it pertains to my body. I'm sure moms across the world (and dads sometimes) can identify with what I'm about to say."
She then launched into a detailed account of her own personal health scare during childbirth. "Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief," she noted to her 1.6 million fans. "In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you've had that experience. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed."
While Saldana's condition has improved dramatically since then, she still feels physiologically different. "Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born," she reflected. "Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up. I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work..... my clock is ticking!"
Accompanying Saldana's post was a photo of the star, sprinting it out on a treadmill. "2 months ago I started my journey, and its been REAL," she wrote. "I'm not gonna lie- it is slow.... painful... and frustrating. But it is worth it."
Saldana then explained why she chose to share such a personal issue. "I know many of you have gone through this or are going through it as we speak. Let's do it together. Let's talk about it, hear each other out, and seek advice when we need it," she wrote. "I have my friend of many years and trainer, Steve Moyer that will be guiding me and sometimes training me for the next 2 months before I go back to work. I will be sharing with you what I do, what I eat and how I feel about it in hopes that it will be of any help to you. cool?"
The Star Trek actress revealed that she reached 185 pounds at the peak of her pregnancy. "I started in January with Moyer," she shared. "I had no flexibility, weak joints, and exercising was painful. We started with just walking, I think I only walked that first month. I did however change the way I eat. I began to make better choices with my food. Moyer was instrumental at this point. he gave me great tips of what to eat, how much water to drink, he even gave me some recipes of his own sometimes. It was important for me to learn this so I can do it on my own if I have to. I want to prove to myself that if I have the right determination I can do anything."
On Monday, April 13, Saldana appeared on the Today show, where she confirmed she weighed 115 pounds previously: "I've always been a very thin frame," the Avatar star said. "That is how much I weigh, it's something I can't control. It's who I am."