“A female body is not made to look good in a bikini. It’s made to give birth and have a baby and be a cozy companion for it afterwards.”
It’s hard not to love Alyssa Milano. The mom of two is equal parts bubbly and warm, and is so genuinely honest about her life and experiences as a mother that she can’t help but hover at the top of our Celebs We’d Want As Best Friends list. A prime example: Following the birth of her second child, daughter Elizabella, she donated 500 Bravado nursing bras to L.A. based non-profit Baby2Baby to support needy mothers. What’s not to like?
Best known for her roles as Samantha Micelli on the 80s/90s sitcom Who’s The Boss?, and as Phoebe on the 90s/00s cult favourite series Charmed, the seemingly timeless actress’ career is ever-flourishing, while her affinity for all things motherhood is nothing short of refreshing. On top of making her first priority to squeeze in QT with her family at every opportunity – she’s been known to skip lunch on photo shoots so she can wrap early and spend time with her wee ones – she’s frank when it comes to pre- and post-baby bodies.
“I gained 55 pounds [with my son Milo], and was very kind to myself. A female body is not made to look good in a bikini. It’s made to give birth and have a baby and be a cozy companion for it afterwards. And for my body, that meant putting on a lot of weight. I didn’t indulge in fast food or junk food so I knew it was healthy weight. I just realized: This is what my body needs to do to have a healthy baby.”
Style notes: Love her style?Alyssa is known for rocking vintage pieces, bold prints and adding edge to comfortable frocks. She sites the Bravado Confetti, Sweet Pea, Body Silk Seamless and the Essential Nursing Tank as her maternity and nursing must-haves.