Kristen Bell: “I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”

The unbelievably adorable Kristen Bell gave birth to her daughter, Lincoln, in March. This picture, taken for the new issue of Redbook, was taken just 11 weeks after giving birth, and she looks beautiful! The actress admits that she gained 43 pounds while pregnant, and is about 15 pounds from where she wants to be. Her fiance, Dax Shepard admits he loves her new curves. “All he did was tell me he loved me chubby,” she reveals. “He even asked me to stay chubby after the baby was born.”

On not obsessing about her post-baby weight
“I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse. 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.”

On having a career after baby
“I still want a career. 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.”

ONE MORE PIC + MORE FROM KRISTEN AFTER THE JUMP!

On whether it’s hard being away from her newborn Lincoln, for work
“I can’t look at her pictures today, because it hurts my feelings. I start wondering what she’s thinking, like, Where’s the girl with the blonde hair and the boobs?”

On the gorgeous photo of Dax and his father in his hospital with his hand on her belly
“I was working on House of Lies in Los Angeles, and Dax had gone home to Detroit to visit his dad for the weekend, which he’d been doing since his dad had gotten diagnosed with cancer. We finished shooting a day early, and this feeling came over that Dax needed me. So I got on a plane, without telling him, and walked into the hospital room. And sure enough, it had been a bad day and Dax and his dad had gotten some rough news. Two days later, his dad passed away. I was meant to be there.”

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July 31st, 2013 at 9:48 am

I hope she can keep that attitude, but it’s hard in her industry