So what can women do? For one thing, mothers (and mothers-to-be) can learn the facts, both about weight gain during pregnancy, and weight loss post-pregnancy. Despite what Jessica Alba may say about the ease of getting back to a red carpet-ready body, it’s not that simple for the majority of women. And as Cynthia wisely observes, “To look like Jessica Alba post-pregnancy, you need to look like Jessica Alba pre-pregnancy.” So maybe you don’t have a body like the ones on the cover of Us Weekly. Accepting your body for what it is, and reveling in the miraculous things it can do, can go a long way toward giving yourself a break when it comes to losing weight after you give birth.