Anne Hathaway has never shied away from opening up about her fertility struggles or complicated pregnancy journey. In 2019, in an Instagram post announcing the birth of her second son, Jack, the caption read: “all kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love.”
And now, as both her boys are five and two, and the prospect of having a third is potentially on the horizon, Anne is reflecting on the journeys both behind and ahead of her. “I could see us going for another one,” the Devil Wears Prada actor told The Wall Street Journal, opening up about how motherhood has changed her life for the better, though it hasn’t always been easy.
“There’s this tendency to portray getting pregnant, having kids in one light. As if it’s all positive,” she said. “But I know from my own experience, it’s so much more complicated than that.”
So what was the revelation that inspired Anne to step away from her notoriously private life and get real about her struggles with getting pregnant? “When you find out that your pain is shared by others, I just feel that’s helpful information to have, so I’m not isolated in my pain,” she shared.“I mean, what is there to be ashamed of? This is grief, and that’s a part of life.”
And with those harder times came purpose and a fresh perspective: “I didn’t feel fully landed and fully here until I was a mum.” Further reflecting on this thought, she went on “It’s not like I was lacking integrity, but it made me want to be completely, on every level, true to my word. And that meant stopping any nonsense that I had going on inside myself.”
So, how exactly is she implementing this change in mindset? “[Through the] little breaks that you give yourself sometimes when you know that you’re not being your best self,” she explained.
Sounds like sage advice to us; we love you Anne!
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