Eva Mendes Reveals Post-Baby Body Secret, Talks ‘Sleepless Nights’ With Ryan Gosling’s Daughter

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The actress is back at work after welcoming baby with Ryan Gosling.

Motherhood looks good on Eva Mendes.

The new mom, who welcomed a daughter named Esmeralda with boyfriend Ryan Gosling last year, is the cover girl for the April 2015 issue of Women’s Health. Clad in a white tank top and matching pants, the 41-year-old flaunts her post-baby body as she gushes about her baby girl in the accompanying article.

“I don’t feel like I’ve really earned the right,” she says about doling out to expectant parents. “I want to respect all the moms out there. They’re going to be like, ‘You know what? You’re a few months in. Just shut up.'”

Despite confessing that her mommy duties has left her “completely exhausted” just months before, the Place Beyond the Pines star reveals that she’s now starting to get the hang of things, especially when it comes to waking up to a crying baby.

“I’m actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it’s bonding with my little girl,” the actress says.

Mendes also admits that she sticks to a fitness plan and schedule to help balance her everyday activities.

“I realized a long time ago that I needed to have some kind of routine,” she says of her daily workout, which includes running and interval sprints and lifting weights that aren’t too heavy because her muscle “bulks up pretty easily”

“I mix it up with yoga, or sometimes I’ll hike with my trainer,” she continues. “I don’t love it, but I’ve made peace with that.”

As for her diet, Mendes shares that she’s gone vegetarian completely.

“I haven’t eaten meat in about six years, because I don’t agree with factory farming here,” she notes. “This is just what worked for me, it’s important to say, but when I cut that out I immediately felt better. And also, after a year of eliminating it, my skin looked brighter and healthier overall.”

“Having [a therapist] who’s totally objective and who points out my patterns — I find that really helpful,” Mendes adds of her mental health. “And I’m lucky to work with someone who doesn’t just sit there and nod her head, you know? I need to hear what you think! Tell me what’s wrong with me so I can fix it!”

For Mendes and Gosling, 34, a way of staying sane in Hollywood is by separating their work life from their home life. Though the notoriously private couple, who never actually confirmed the baby news once during Mendes’ pregnancy, were recently spotted celebrating Mendes’ birthday with a kid-friendly party at a local roller rink, they plan to keep their daughter out of the spotlight for now.

“I believe there is a public self and a private self,” Mendes says. “My sisters and my good friends are experiencing that now [with] Facebook and Instagram. When they freak out about a friend of theirs posting a bad picture of them, I’m like, ‘Well, imagine how I feel! Get used to it!'”