Jennifer Garner just gave us another reason to adore her — after all, talking candidly about your baby bump on The Ellen DeGeneres Show takes guts. And no, the mom of three (to Violet , 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2) isn't pregnant with her fourth child: Her post-birth "bump" simply just isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Ellen DeGeneres asked the actress, who stars next in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, if she and husband Ben Affleck are expecting another baby.
"Supposedly...you have a baby bump," Ellen said. "So, I guess you're pregnant again?"
"I get congratulated all the time by people that I know, saying, 'I hear you're pregnant!'" Garner said. "You know, this one woman who had babysat for us said, 'OMG! I can't wait for baby number four!' and I thought, 'What is going on?' So I asked around and apparently I have a baby bump. And I'm here to tell you that I do — I do!"
Well, not so fast. Even though that got audience applause, Jen clarified that they were only clapping for her post-birth stomach.
"Hold up. Hold right up! I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump," she said. "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. Well, but I see you guys are really eager for us to pop out another one. Gosh, you're exhausting!"
Ellen jokingly reiterated that she'll have a baby bump forever, but not another baby.
"No, just a bump," Jen says.
So, if you're like Jen and your post-birth baby bump hasn't disappeared yet, don't worry — it's completely normal! Remember Kate Middleton's post-birth baby bump?
The reality is it's going to take time for your uterus to shrink back to its original size, but even then, it might not be as flat as it used to.
“When you’re pregnant there is so much stretching that takes place all over," says Shelly Holmström, MD, associate professor at the University of South Florida College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Tampa, Fla. "Having loose skin on your abdomen is totally normal. I always remind my patients that it took them nearly 40 weeks to gain the weight and for their bodies to make all of these changes, so they can’t expect it to return to normal more quickly than that."
In the meantime, breastfeeding, shapewear, exercise and a healthy diet can help — but it varies because we're all unique.
See the clip here:
How did you deal with learning to appreciate your post-birth baby bump?