Katherine Heigl gave birth to her first biological child – Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. 5 months ago. Her two adopted daughters Naleigh Moon and Adalaide Marie Hope were excited that they were going to be big sisters, but were puzzled as to why their mommy had to “grow” their little brother.
“The girls were excited to discover they were going to have a baby brother, but very confused when I explained that I was pregnant and had to grow him first!!!,” stated Heigl on an Instagram post.
Anyway, ever since carrying her first baby, she has opened up about the physical and mental changes that the pregnancy with Josh Jr.brought along.
One of the first and most obvious ones is the weight gain.
“What was rough with the pregnancy was just the terror of the weight gain,” she says. “You’re going to gain weight — that’s just part of the whole thing. Stepping on that scale every month in the doctor’s office was heartbreaking for me because I’m used to watching that so closely, and the moment I start putting on weight being like, ‘Oh no, I have to rein it back in.’”
She adds, “I tried to be as healthy as I could about it and not go crazy and go over the top with weight gain, but I still gained a lot for me.”
“I gained like 40 lbs.,”she says. “That’s hard for an actress who’s spent her whole life trying to always lose that last 10. But I’m so grateful for my body right now because I feel like it’s doing what it needs to do.”
This next part is interesting. The breastfeeding also brought a fair share of unexpected changes, and by “fair share”, I mean of course, her boobs got HUGE!
Breastfeeding has brought on other unexpected physical changes. “My boobs just got so ginormous,” she says. “It was horrifying! I’ve always had fairly large breasts, but [I went from a] DD to an I. Did you know that an I even existed in bra sizes? I didn’t. I didn’t know that until I started having to buy bra sizes in an I. That’s D, E, F, G, H, I — that’s horrifying!”
But, she says, breastfeeding contributed to her post-baby weight loss. “Within a week and a half after he was born, I dropped so much weight, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, my body really does know what it’s doing, I’m just going to back off and not stress about this,’” she says.
“I still have a good 20 to lose, but I’m not going back on camera as an actor for quite some time and I can take my time and do this healthy, and do this slow, and do it kindly to myself and not beat myself up about it.”
Heigl, who worked with a naturopath throughout her pregnancy, is consuming her placenta in pill form. After her cesarean section, “They told me that another mother down the hall had a company that freeze dries pills. This guy came, he was a total cowboy: Cowboy hat, cowboy boots … and a bag of placenta! He took it to his wife who freeze-dried it and turned it into pills and I’ve been taking them.”
She makes it sound so awesome and easy. But that’s pregnancy for ya, and that little creature in her arms is totally worth it.