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Jennifer Garner Wants to Normalize Having a Mom Body — Her 'Baby Bump' Is Not Going Anywhere

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Jul 22, 2022
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Jennifer Garner is a proud mother of three. The actress was vocal about the expectations that people have of women that have had children and had a few things to address. She is normalizing baby bumps and sharing her preferred workout routine.

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Actress Jennifer Garner is all about the well-being of children. She even started a company based on babies and big children's nutrition. The actress has three children, Violet, 16, Seraphina,13, and Samuel,10.with her ex-husband Ben Affleck.

Garner often shares how proud she is of being a mother; however, Garner is the kind of Hollywood parent who does not want her kids involved in any of the paparazzi-filled world of being an actress.

Jenifer Garner with her three children at the Hollywood walk of fame.|  Source; Getty Images

Jenifer Garner with her three children at the Hollywood walk of fame.| Source; Getty Images

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The "13 going on 30" star has only allowed her children to be photographed at one event, which was at the honorary ceremony of her name on the Hollywood walk of fame.

Leading up to her 50th birthday, Garner shared a sweet message about how grateful she is to be a mother to her three children. She said:

"On the eve of a new decade, there is no doubt that the center of my gratitude stems from the health, humor, challenge, wisdom, silliness, patience, cozy-ness, strength, intelligence, kindness, frustration, and adorable-ness of my kids."

Jennifer Garner in Hollywood 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Garner in Hollywood 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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The actress continued to express how thankful she is to lead and guide her children through life's hurdles. Garner is genuinely passionate about the role of being a mother and all its lessons.

JENNIFER GARNER WANTS MOM BODIES TO BE NORMALISED AND NOT QUESTIONED

Jennifer Garner in California 2021.  | Source; Getty Images

Jennifer Garner in California 2021. | Source; Getty Images

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Garner guested the Happy baby Happy Mommy podcast to talk about all things motherhood. The actress opened up about the anxiety she endured before having her second daughter.

Garner said she "wept" the day before having her middle child because she was worried she could not give both her children the same love.

However, the "Alias" star explained the feeling of holding her daughter Seraphina as miraculous because her heart "expanded into two." The actress said that the ability to love two kids equally made having a third child a no-brainer.

Jennifer Garner in Los Angeles 2019.  |Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Garner in Los Angeles 2019. |Source: Getty Images

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Women's "bounce back" after having children is a constant conversation on social media. This was another issue Garner opened up about on the Happy Baby Happy Mommy podcast; Garner addressed some of the remarks she has gotten from people about her body.

She clarified that she does have a baby bump because her body has carried three babies.

The actress confessed the bounce back was a different experience for her. Garner acknowledged that some women could return to their "slim" bodies after giving birth, but that was not the case for her.

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While fans might be concerned about her baby bump, that does not mean she is not fit. The actress is all about health and caring for her body, but Garner does not gravitate towards core exercises like planks and sit-ups. She said:

"I can work really hard, and I can be really fit and I will still look like a woman who's had three babies, and I always will."

According to her trainer Beth Nicely who is also a dancer, broadway performer, and marathon runner, said Garner "likes to work hard, she's very, very strong, and she's a great dancer,"

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Nicely said her workout routine with Garner usually consists of a "solid warm up," followed by "heart pumping dances."

Garner has also taken on boxing; thus, Nicely includes a few plyometric boxing exercises. To bring the heart rate down, the pair get into strength training which involves lifting weights.

Niceley also said Garner enjoys her personally created challenge called "The Circuit" This routine includes eight box jumps, 40 jump rope reps, and 16 leaps over a mini-trampoline while holding a 10-pound medicine ball.

JENNIFER GARNER RESPONDS TO PREGNANCY RUMOURS

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Jennifer Garner in Los Angeles 2020. Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Garner in Los Angeles 2020. Source: Getty Images

Garner went to the "Ellen Degeneres Show" and clarified the media reports about her baby bump.

Garner explained that the “Yes day" actress had been speculated to be pregnant with her fourth, but she clarified that she does have a baby bump because her body has carried three babies.

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With the biggest smile on her face, Garner asked fans and those close to her to accept that her bump was not going anywhere; and for everyone to get used to it. "Its name is Violet, Sam, and Sera," she added.

Jennifer Garner in Las Vegas 2004. | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Garner in Las Vegas 2004. | Source: Getty Images

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Despite the public clarification of not being pregnant, Garner still gets pregnancy comments on social media. While reflecting on her "Ellen Degerous Show" moment with podcast host Fietcher, she gracefully responded to the comments and said:

"It's just a body. Be grateful to it. It carried you this far. It carried babies for you. What else do you want? My goodness."

Garner has been photographed by paparazzi several times; she spoke to Today about how she has dealt with the self-criticism that comes with seeing an unflattering picture of herself.

Jennifer Garner in Los Angeles 2021. | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Garner in Los Angeles 2021. | Source: Getty Images

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The actress said self-love has become stronger since she stopped looking at pictures of herself she did not like. On one of those days when one does not feel their best, Garner advises people to step away from the mirror.

The actress encouraged people not to choose to beat themselves up about their appearance but rather put that energy into doing something nice for someone or go for a workout and turn that feeling into dopamine.

When it comes to a beauty routine, Garner said she keeps it very minimal. Spending time on set and getting dolled up is something she likes to leave for work and have a simpler routine off duty.

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This is because Garner does not want her kids to get to "the actor version" of her; she enjoys the surprised looks on her kid's faces whenever she dresses up. The actress explained:

"I want to look normal and I want to normalize looking normal. I always have felt really strongly about that. And then if I'm dressed up, I like that my kids are like, 'Woo, look at my mom!'"

Garner is relieving herself of the pressure of being perfect, primarily because of her career. Therefore, the actress expressed how she wants to normalize looking normal, which she has always advocated for.

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