Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Posted Tue, December 13, 2011 3:59pm EDT

Jessica Alba: 'I Felt Like I Would Crack' After Honor Was Born

Jessica admitted that there are times she struggles with motherhood! So brave of her to open up like that!

In an interview with InStyle Australia, Jessica Alba opened up about motherhood and revealed it’s not easy for her! ‘It’s overwhelming,” she explained, according to The Daily Mail. “I don’t consider myself a lot of the time. I think a lot of moms do that, try to be everything to everyone all the time. I make mistakes. I do try to do way too much.”

The 30-year-old actress has been happily married for four years to her hubby Cash Warren, 32, and they’re the proud parents of 3-year-old Honor and Haven, who was born in August. But despite their happy family, Jessica admits it takes work. She honestly opened up that she has a nanny and said that motherhood is definitely easier the second time around.

“I’m more relaxed, every sneeze or runny nose or little bump on the head that would have freaked me out before… I am more easygoing with that sort of thing,” she explained. “And the sense of knowing that I can get Haven to stop crying. It was all new with Honor and I wasn’t confident, and she could feel that so she continued to cry. That didn’t happen a lot, but when it happened I felt like I would crack.”

Jessica also struggled with gaining weight when she became pregnant: “[When I was pregnant] with Honor, I didn’t make the healthier choices when it came to eating.” She said after she gained more and more weight, she stopped weighing herself.

“With Haven, I didn’t gain as much, so [afterward] I was closer to where I felt comfortable in my own skin,” she said.

Despite the struggles, Jessica loves how her children have changed her. “I felt completely different,” she said. “I really came into myself as a person. Before, I was always working for my identity. And then you take the focus off of yourself. I was probably, definitely, a bit of a narcissist. When you are young and an actor and driven, it’s a bizarre state of mind to be in at times. I was so focused on things that didn’t matter at the end of the day. Now I have what I do for a living in perspective. Working was everything to me, my entire identity, and once I got to step away from it, everything changed.”

What an open and honest interview! Did you struggle with being a mom at first like Jessica, HollyMoms?

-Anna Moeslein

Get more Jessica on!

  1. Nicole Richie And Jessica Alba Give Jessica Simpson Parenting Advice
  2. Jessica Simpson Had A Star-Studded Baby Shower
  3. Cute Pics! Celebs Take Their Kids Pumpkin Picking