Blake Lively Talks Pregnancy and Motherhood in First Post-Baby Cover Shoot With ‘Allure Magazine’

From the outside looking in, Blake Lively — with her successful career, perfect looks, handsome husband and newborn baby girl — certainly appears to have it all. However, the new mommy says having everything isn’t her biggest concern in life.

Blake Lively's 'Huge, Awesome' Boobs
Blake Lively loves her new mommy boobs!

“Most of the things I do are all-consuming, but somehow I find a way to do it all,” Lively tells Allure magazine in her first post-pregnancy cover shoot. “But it’s dangerous to dilute that to a catchphrase. Having it all could be having a happy, healthy family, and you could be a mom who stays at home, and that is the most admirable thing you could do. Or it could be having a profession that you really believe in, and not having a family, and doing what fulfills you.”

However, she notes that one sound bite from the media can’t ever describe an individual’s choices in life.”If it’s not a part of a conversation with someone face-to-face, those bites are why women tear each other apart or why the media will tear people apart.”

Speaking of the media, one thing Lively wanted to ensure they couldn’t control was the news of her pregnancy. She covered up in baggy clothes almost 7 months into being pregnant until she finally decided to reveal it on her own terms — through a sweet, artsy photo on Preserve, cradling her obviously growing belly.

“That was my way of owning that moment. I can’t be someone like Beyoncé and be like—” she mimes throwing open a jacket and showing off her belly, a reference to Beyoncé’s onstage announcement of her pregnancy at the VMAs in 2011. “But it was important for us. It was a struggle, because we want to keep our privacy, but we also don’t want our lives to be exploited by other people. So we did it simply; it was a quiet way, an elegant way.”

Despite having a beautiful little family to call her own now, life isn’t without concern for Lively. She admits that one of the reasons she began Preserve in the first place was to help create a stable job she could control, rather than the constant uncertainty of acting.

“[Preserve] taps into so many of my own passions, but it also is a business that I can control. If I can be successful at this, I have security for my family and my babies,” she says, already thinking in plural (yay!). “I’m in a profession, acting, where it’s really for-hire—I offer a service that people hire out. I love it, but it’s not something I can control.”

Launch the gallery above to see more of Lively’s gorgeous Allure photos.