“Ocean’s 8” star Mindy Kaling covers the June 2018 issue of Shape magazine photographed by Peggy Sirota.
On working out while pregnant: “Because I like to eat, and I’m not skinny to start with, I knew that if I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, things could just fly off the rails in a really bad way. That was something I definitely needed to watch out for. My doctor said that women who gain just 25 to 30 pounds usually have less trouble losing it after the baby is born. So I kept my weight gain to about 27 pounds. I also worked out whenever I could while I was pregnant. I did a lot of yoga and a lot of walking, and I jogged until I couldn’t jog anymore. I exercised until the morning I gave birth.”
On her hopes for her daughter’s future: “I’m excited for my daughter to see me work out and to know that it’s a normal part of my life. I wasn’t raised that way, and I think when you don’t see that kind of thing as a kid, it’s really hard to pick it up. I would love for her to learn at a young age that exercise is a great habit to have. I didn’t learn that until I was 24. I also want her to be confident. I was not that way as a child, and I want my daughter to be really confident all the time. I’m going to do that by always making her feel like she is good enough and not being stingy with encouraging comments. That goes against my nature a bit because I’m a critical person—of myself, of the things I work on—but it’s very important to me to make sure I instill confidence in my daughter.”
For more from Mindy, pick up the June issue of Shape, on newsstands May 16.
[Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota/Shape Magazine]