Jennifer Garner Got Real About Her Post-Pregnancy Body

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After pregnancy rumors, body-shamers, and even an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jennifer Garner opened up about her post-baby body during an appearance on the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast. She told host Giovanna Fletcher that she knows a lot of women who can get fit and slim after they have children, but she’s not one of them.

Garner has three children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, with her ex-husband, Ben Affleck. She said that she’s accepted that her body just won’t go back to the way it looked before she had her children.

“There are some incredible women whose bodies just — no matter how many babies they have, they just bounce right back to that slim hips, no stomach,” she explained. “I mean it’s incredible. I have so many girlfriends who have that physique and I’m so happy for them. I am not one of them, that is not my gig.”

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And it’s not that she hasn’t worked on it. Garner said that even when she committed to exercising, she would always look like “a woman who has three babies.”

“I can work really hard and I can be really fit and I’ll still look like a woman who has three babies, and I always will,” she continued.

Garner explained her Ellen appearance, too, saying that DeGeneres offered her a way to shut down all the rumors about her being pregnant. It was happening so often that Garner said it was the easiest way to get all the rumors to stop once and for all — though she says that it’s still happening. 

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“I just thought, I might as well address it and Ellen was so sweet to let me,” she said. “But I just felt like, ‘We might as well.’ I mean, every week, ‘Is she? Is she? Is she pregnant?’ And it’s still happening. And I’m 48 and I’m single and it’s still happening. So, you might as well take that bull by the horns.”

During her time on the show, Garner said that she’d always have a bump and that everyone should just get used to it, because she has.

“I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump,” she clarified. “From now on ladies, I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let’s just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere. I have a bump. Its name is Violet, Sam, Sera.”

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