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In her exclusive blog for the iVillage blog series CelebVillage, actress and mom (to daughters Honor, who turns 4 on June 7, and 9-month-old Haven) Jessica Alba writes about how motherhood has made her “feel more confident and secure than I ever did in my 20s.”
It’s really amazing how your perspective shifts and your definition of sexy evolves once you become a mother. Before having Honor and Haven, I was super-critical of my looks and worried more about inevitable changes to my body. I couldn’t even say the word “sexy” to describe myself without feeling funny and awkward.
But becoming a mom has definitely made me feel more confident and secure than I ever did in my 20s. Even though I can’t ever get down to my pre-baby weight before having Honor, my jeans don’t zip up the same way, and things just hang differently (all moms know how that goes!), I feel completely comfortable in my skin and my idea of perfection has changed. I don’t really care about my body image anymore because it just doesn’t matter now that I have children. Instead, I focus on my health, feeling strong, and making sure I’m up and running so I can spend that all-important time with the girls.
Having babies also helped me embrace my sexuality. Up until then, I was quite shy about it. But once I experienced how incredible and amazing it was to create a life, it was empowering. Now, I feel freer to express myself and just be me. Through motherhood I really came into my own and, for me, feeling sexy is all about this type of comfort, confidence, and true happiness.
Follow Jessica Alba on Twitter at @jessicaalba. Learn more about The Honest Company, her eco-friendly product line for families, here. And click here to read more exclusive posts in the CelebVillage series.