Kristen Bell: I Refuse to Worry About Losing the Baby Weight

Kristen Bell covers Redbook magazine
In the September issue of Redbook magazine, Kristen Bell says she refuses to worry about losing the baby weight after welcoming daughter Lincoln with fiance Dax Shepard in March  Brian Bowen Smith/Redbook

Losing the baby weight is not weighing heavily on Kristen Bell's mind. After welcoming her first child, daughter Lincoln, with fiance Dax Shepard in March, the 33-year-old Veronica Mars star is instead focused on juggling motherhood and getting back to work.

In the September issue of Redbook, Bell says she's not obsessing over getting her pre-baby body back. "I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse," Bell tells the magazine. "Look, I'm like any other woman. All this evolved b.s. that I'm telling you is my mantra: It's not something I practice naturally. I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that's just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size."

As a new mom, Bell says she has more important things to focus on. Three months after welcoming baby Lincoln, the actress began filming the Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie. 

"I still want a career," she says. "Lincoln will always be number one, but I think if you can cut that cord of obsessiveness, then you can work and be a good mother and wife."

Still, Bell admits that being away from her newborn daughter can be hard on her emotionally. "I can't look at her pictures today, because it hurts my feelings," she shares. "I start wondering what she's thinking, like, 'Where's the girl with the blonde hair and the boobs?'"

For more from Bell, go to and pick up the September issue of Redbook, on newsstands Aug. 13.

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