Zooey Deschanel Talks Post-Baby Body Pressures: 'You Just Grew a Human'

by Jackie Willis 8:07 AM PDT, April 13, 2016
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The New Girl cast is having quite the baby boom.

Just months after Zooey Deschanel returned to her FOX sitcom following a maternity leave, guest star Megan Fox announced that she's pregnant. In an interview with Redbook magazine, Deschanel stresses the importance of taking time off after giving birth, and her take on the scrutiny some stars receive over their post-baby bodies.

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"I've slowed things down a bit. I think it's good for your whole self -- your creative self, your professional self, and just your soul -- to take a little time for yourself and your family," the new mom says. "You can spend your whole life going after things, but I think you risk missing out on some really powerful self-reflection."

While family is a top priority for the 36-year-old actress, getting her post-baby body back is not at the top of her list. "To expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd," she explains. "Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human -- there's a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around, for chrissakes!"

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Deschanel -- who gave birth in August to her daughter Elsie -- is all about supporting her fellow mothers and ladies in Hollywood. "There are a lot of negative things that are said about women who are powerful," she adds. "And I think that it makes for a climate where women end up being inadvertently passive-aggressive toward one another, and sometimes trying to pull each other down."

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The star of New Girl, which was just renewed for a sixth season, has yet to comment on Fox's pregnancy, but did tell ET in an earlier interview that she shares mom stories with her co-star.
"She seems like a really good mom," Deschanel said in December. "It's fun to talk about kids once you have them. I think when you don't have kids you're like, 'Why are they talking about their kids so much?' And then when you do have one you're like, 'All I want to do is talk about my kid!'"