Drew Barrymore is on a mission to break the taboo of post-pregnancy bodies. In an interview with People, the 44-year-old actress, entrepreneur, and mother of two opened up about her decision to undergo nonsurgical body sculpting after delivering her babies.
After the birth of her daughters (Olive, 6, and Frankie, 5), the Santa Clarita Diet star experienced diastasic recti, a common condition in which the abdominal muscles separate after pregnancy. Though about 2 out of 3 of women experience this condition, Barrymore feels it’s not talked about enough. “Women are having children all the time, and no one’s talking about how their body is forever changed,” she said in the interview.
Barrymore revealed that she opted for EMSCULPT, which she is now a spokesperson for. It’s a non-invasive, electromagnetic body sculpting procedure that eliminates fat cells and tighten muscles — but the actress makes it clear that her decision wasn’t all for cosmetic reasons. Of course, her body looked different, but it also “functioned differently,” she explained.
“I love exercising, but after two kids I kept getting injured because I just did not have a core,” she said. “My midsection was like a fish tank and I just kept getting sidelined.” Not being able to exercise was affecting her physical and mental health, and when it came to choosing EMSCULPT, Barrymore said: “I really was looking for something that would allow me to be stronger so I could get stronger.”
The actress also wants to take care of herself for the sake of her children. “I really wanted to get to a place of strength so I could have the second half of my life be more athletic than the first half was. I want to be able to chase my kids around and be a full-time mom and have my career,” she said.
More and more celebrity mothers are opening up about how pregnancy has impacted their bodies and talking about the procedures and treatments they’ve turned to as a result. Rapper Cardi B recently revealed she had liposuction after the birth of her daughter, and Ayesha Curry admitted that her post-baby breast augmentation was a result of postpartum depression. While plastic surgery isn’t for everyone, these stars want you to know that it’s nothing to be ashamed of should you choose to consider it postpartum.
“I just want to feel empowered and good about myself,” Barrymore said of her decision to do body sculpting. And at the end of the day, don’t we all?