Jennifer Love Hewitt Talks Pregnancy Weight Gain, Shows Off Growing Belly

Despite growing up in an industry where weight and body image are everything, Jennifer Love Hewitt has learned to accept herself and her changing shape through her back-to-back pregnancies.

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“I’ve been an actress for 25 years, and have had to be hungry at times for my career, so being pregnant is completely freeing,” Hewitt tells American Baby for the magazine’s May issue. “When I was expecting Autumn, I ate everything I saw! I told myself, ‘Oh there’s a donut –- I should have that.’”

However, she’s learned not to give into that type of eating a whole lot during her second time around. “Now with this second pregnancy, I know the baby really doesn’t ‘need it,'” Hewitt laughs. “So I eat healthy foods in general, but I also indulge in little things that I crave.”

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And speaking of those cravings, the 36-year-old actress admits, “Pickles for me, this time, have actually been a thing, and they’ve been making fun of me at work, like, ‘Really? Really with the pickles.'” She laughs adding that Italian food, jalapeńos and cake are also big ones for her.

Food aside, Hewitt can genuinely say she loves being pregnant. “I kind of feel my best when I’m pregnant,” she reveals to the mag, later adding, “As somebody who’s been in this business for a long time and had to sort of be all about what your figure looks like, your regimen — I think if you can let that stuff go and really embrace what you’re doing, you feel kind of awesome.”

And she hopes to continue that kindness toward herself and her body even after her pregnancy. “Because so many of us are busy or driven, we forget to take care of ourselves,” she explains. “But when you’re pregnant, it’s all about you — and that baby inside of you. Enjoy a nap; for some reason our generation thinks we can’t do that! Really listen to your body. I hope to continue to be a little kinder to myself after pregnancy.”

Check out more from Hewitt’s article on Parents.com.