How Giving Birth to Two Kids Totally Changed Alyssa Milano's Perception of Her Body

'The female body is the most amazing machine imaginable.'

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Alyssa Milano knows that her body will never be the same after giving birth to her son, Milo, in August 2011 and her daughter, Elizabella, in September 2014. And she's totally OK with that.

In a recent interview with People, the 44-year-old actress revealed that her two pregnancies have completely changed how she views her body. But rather than obsessively looking for ways to get back to her pre-baby figure, Milano has embraced the way her body has changed postpartum — because for her, giving birth was proof of her body's strength.

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"Once you have kids, you realize what the human body is made to do," she told People. "You realize why sometimes women's bodies retain fat, and usually that's biologically to create breast milk. You realize all the changes your body goes through hormonally. It's really an awakening — when you get pregnant and have a child — that the female body is the most amazing machine imaginable."

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It's that kind of positive body image that we love to see from celebrity moms and non-celebrity moms, alike — and it's what Milano has tried to pass on to her kids from the start. In fact, the actress told People that she's already trying to teach her kiddos healthy habits by getting them involved with her health and fitness routines while they're still young.

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"I'll take them to the gym, where they have a daycare center, so they can see where I'm going and what I do, and that it's important to work out and be active in a world that's so sedentary," she said.

A spokeswoman for Atkins, Milano also follows what she calls an "Atkins lifestyle." (She won't call it a diet, she said, because to her, that means there's an end date to her healthy choices.) But at the end of the day, her health and fitness routines are less about achieving her "dream body" and more about being able to live her life to the fullest.

"For me it's all about feeling healthy and strong, and fitting into my clothes, and keeping up with my kids," she said.

And aren't those all get-fit goals worth striving for?

[h/t People]

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