The always lovely Amy Adams decks the halls on the cover of the new issue of Parade magazine. The new mom – her daughter Aviana was born in May – talks pregnancy, body images and prepping for childbirth.
She’s a red carpet favorite, but the Oscar-nominee says it took pregnancy to settle the last of her body image issues.
“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body—meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit,” Amy says. “I was like, ‘Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since.”
Since Aviana’s arrival, the movie star mom has been working to maintain that positive outlook.
“I’ve been working out when I can, and I’m trying to eat in a healthful way, but losing weight is not my number-one priority. It’s part of my job to return to some semblance of what I was before. But I don’t feel I’ve ever made my career on my rockin’ bod.”
As it is for many expectant moms, childbirth was a scary prospect for Amy. She says she tackled it the way she does a new role: She studied up!
“That’s how I prepare for anything—I read whatever I can get my hands on, talk to people. I’m a bit of a nerd like that,” she laughs.
She credits her partner Darren Le Gallo with helping her to achieve her natural, drug-free delivery, saying, “He was really calm.”
He’s proved to be a great hands-on dad, too.
“Now we understand the importance of teamwork,” Amy reveals. “And if we have a disagreement, we work toward a solution.”
As far as parenting goes, Amy says they’re learning as they go.
“The best advice I’ve gotten as a parent is, ‘You’re not gonna be perfect‚'” she says, adding, “I’m trying to be more present in each moment of my life. She’s taught me that.”