Olivia Wilde’s body may forever be changed since welcoming her first child, son Otis with fiancé Jason Sudeikis, but having kids is something she “can’t wait to do again.” In a candid interview with Shape magazine, the Drinking Buddies actress, 31, admitted her post-baby body took some getting used to.
“I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot,” the magazine’s April 2015 cover girl said. “The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one,” she added, because, yes, she does look perfectly toned on the cover. See more photos from Olivia’s Shape spread here.
While the former model admitted that she “loved being pregnant” and she felt “unapologetically curvy, sexy, and intensely feminine,” her feelings about her post-baby body are a bit less enthusiastic.
After delivering Otis two weeks earlier than expected in April 2014, Wilde admitted she walked around feeling “wounded.”
“First of all, you haven’t seen your vagina in months, even though it’s all her fault you’re in this situation. Now that you can finally confirm that she is, in fact, still there, she isn’t the gal you remember,” the Tron actress candidly admitted. “I [also] joined the ranks of millions of new mothers when I moaned, ‘Why do I still look pregnant? Is there another one stuck in there?’”
What helped kick her body back into shape? “Breast-feeding helps, in the most intense way,” Wilde said, adding way, way more details than expected. “You feel your uterus contracting while the baby nurses. Your belly starts to go down. Your thighs become slightly less thunderous. Finally, you are ready to change out of sweatpants, but when you manage to button your jeans…the button clasp gets swallowed up and lost in your gelatinous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man belly. This is when it becomes abundantly clear that it’s time to reintroduce yourself to your jilted abdominals.”
But getting back in the gym was no easy feat. “It felt like leaving a karaoke bar to go take a physics exam,” Wilde said of her first post-baby exercise class. “If I wasn’t at work, I just wanted to stay home and party with my little man—and by ‘party,’ I mean, of course, endless rounds of the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ Also, I like beer. And pizza. And these two ingredients are not found in the purely fictional book I like to call How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood.”
The once-divorced star has clearly made some time for the gym, though, and displayed an impressively toned bikini bod while on vacation this past December just seven months after welcoming Otis.
“For me, the bottom line…is that the workout is fun,” she told the mag. “I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is to your body. I don’t want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. I’d rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass of…literally.”
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