Keira Knightley knows how tough it can be to be a new mom. In an interview in the December issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, Knightley talks about gender inequalities, the struggle to find affordable childcare, and about embracing her new post-baby body after giving birth to her (now 1-year-old) daughter, Edie.
Knightley says she thinks it's "archaic" that paternity leave is so much shorter than maternity leave. "You need to be a family unit, not just have the guy there for two weeks and then go back to work and the mother left desperately trying to figure it out," she says.
Knightley goes onto say that it's "shocking" how "unbelievably expensive" childcare is in the UK. She points out that often, "there is no option for a woman to go back to work unless she's being paid really, really well and can afford full-time care before [her child can] get into nursery." Knightley says that she considers herself lucky to be able to afford good childcare.
And as far as getting that pre-baby body back, Knightley says she'd rather just embrace her body the way it looks now. She explains:
It’s a different body, as it should be, because it’s done an extraordinary thing…I thought I was going to go, “God, I’ve got to get back into shape.” I actually went completely the opposite. I went, “F**k that, I’m not putting that pressure on myself in any way.” So it’s taken me a long time to get back into my jeans. I’m nearly there. Not quite there, but nearly there…
Sounds like she's got the right attitude about this whole "motherhood" thing.