Earlier this summer, Jennifer Aniston responded to the never-ending tabloid speculation about whether or not she was pregnant with a powerful essay, and her words about the 鈥渢he objectification and scrutiny we put women through鈥 resonated with many. While Jennifer鈥檚 essay addressed much more than the way we talk about pregnancy, the truth is that pregnant women and new mothers face their own huge societal pressures 鈥 what happens to their bodies not least of them. But some women have followed in Jennifer鈥檚 steps and are speaking out against the unfair expectations. Check out these examples of women who have gotten candid below:

1. Anne Hathaway: In a recent Instagram post that went viral, the new mom put it simply: 鈥淭here is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all),鈥 she wrote. 鈥淭here is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer鈥檚 are just too dang short for this summer鈥檚 thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It鈥檚 all love (don鈥檛 let anyone tell you otherwise).鈥 (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

2. Blake Lively: While Blake recently admitted that she went on a聽a strict diet for her shark thriller The Shallows just eight months after giving birth, she also recently expressed her frustration with post-baby goals. 鈥淚 think a woman鈥檚 body after having a baby is pretty amazing,鈥 she said on Australian morning show Sunrise. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 need to be Victoria鈥檚 Secret-ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer. I mean, you gave birth to a human being! So I would really like to see that celebrated.鈥 (Photo via Ian Gavan/Getty)

3. Chrissy Teigen: We can admit that we鈥檝e been in awe of how quickly Chrissy seemed to snap back to the figure she had before giving birth to little Luna. But we鈥檝e also openly high-fived her normalizing the changes a woman鈥檚 body goes through post-baby, like weird rashes, the agony of peeing and, of course, stretch marks. Way to keep it real, Chrissy. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)

4. Olivia Wilde: Let this be your new mantra: 鈥淚 believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience,鈥 Olivia told Shape. 鈥淚n that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is your body. I don鈥檛 want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. I鈥檇 rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass off鈥 literally.鈥 (Photo via Nicholas Hunt/Getty)

5. Zooey Deschanel: Zooey had her first child a year ago and didn鈥檛 seem to sweat any post-baby body stuff. In fact, as she says, it鈥檚 kinda out of her hands, to an extent. 鈥淭o expect someone to look like her pre-baby self immediately is odd. Because you just grew a human and then birthed that human 鈥 there鈥檚 a lot that needs to go back to where it was. All your organs move around, for chrissakes!鈥 Ew. And true! (Photo via Mark Davis/Getty)

6. Kerry Washington: Kerry has been through the 鈥渂aby body鈥 ringer before, and as she鈥檚 about to welcome her second kid, we hope her own wise words come back to comfort her. 鈥淎 few weeks ago, my manager asked: 鈥楧o you feel like you鈥檙e back? I feel like you鈥檙e back.鈥 She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, 鈥榊ou know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it鈥檚 not about going backward in life.'鈥 (Photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)

Are you a mom who has gone through 鈥減ost-baby body鈥 experiences? Let us know over at @BritandCo.

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