The Office star, Jenna Fischer, 38, wants you to know she’s NORMAL!
Contrary to what people tend to think of celeb parents, Jenna hasn’t had tons of help raising her 10-month-old son, Weston Lee, or losing the baby weight.
“It’s so funny because I think there’s the perception that every [famous] woman has a driver and a chef and a personal trainer and a nanny,” she tells People Magazine. “I don’t have any of those things. Like other working moms, I’m trying to figure out how to balance it all.”
“When I say I’m going jogging with my son or eating certain things or whatever,” she continues, “there’s a tendency to be cynical and say, ‘Of course, because someone cooked it for her’ — or ‘Of course she’s on a date, because she had her nanny watch the baby.’ No, absolutely not. I want people to know that.”
A lot of us are guilty of that, aren’t we? We hastily assume there are nannies, chefs, drivers, and it’s not always the case. Matthew McConaughey’s wife, Camila Alves, told me in a recent interview that nannies aren’t for her, that she makes the kids’ lunches and drives them to and from school, and Mira Sorvino has also talked about not wanting nannies to “raise” her children.
Though Jenna admits she’s “fortunate to have steady work, health insurance and a paycheck,” she says, “I’m just trying to figure out how to do [it all] myself.”
And because she’s trying to do everything herself, she hasn’t had much time to devote to post-baby weight loss. So she says she relies primarily on healthy eating.
“I didn’t start exercising until Weston was six months old and was taking regular naps,” she told People. “When I go back to work on the show, I’m probably just going to have to take a break from any of that extra working out. I think just getting through the day will be enough.”
In the meantime, Jenna managed to get back to her pre-baby weight, and, unlike a lot of celebs, she took her time doing it. “It’s taken me every day of 10 months to lose the weight,” she says. “I did it slowly and I did it moderately.”
But getting her body back was never top priority. “Making me a happier mama is just being with my baby,” she tells People. “It’s such a weird thing that after having a baby, you’re supposed to look like you’ve never had a baby. Well, I’m proud that I had a baby! I don’t see any harm in celebrating that.”
Amen to that!
DISCUSS: How long did it take you to lose your baby weight? I’m still working on it almost five years later!
For more from Jenna, check out People.