Jessica Biel has mastered the big screen and the small screen but when it came to motherhood, that one was a little more tricky for her to master. Like any new mom, she had some struggles to get through when it came to basically learning the ropes of being a mother.
It all starts with pregnancy however, and even that was a puzzle piece she couldn’t quite figure out how to master. We’ve all been there when we first become pregnant; trying to figure out what is going on with our own bodies and whether or not it’s even normal. Biel is no different than the regular moms out there when it comes to discovering that her body is changing in weird ways and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it.
Thanks to some cute interviews and shots from the media, husband Justin Timberlake has been there every step of the way. He actually found out his wife was pregnant via text while on tour when she told him he had to call her right away. The two have been a solid couple in Hollywood and we know that Justin just adored his (then) pregnant wife. Check out these 20 pics of Jessica Biel pregnant (that Justin Timberlake is obsessed with).
20 She Had No Idea What Was Going On With Her Own Body
When Jessica Biel was pregnant in 2016 she went to Copenhagen to attend a women's health and rights conference called Women Deliver. She went there to speak about her struggle to understand conception and pregnancy. "I have an issue because I don’t know what’s happening in my own body," Biel continued. "When I decided I wanted to become pregnant, I had no idea what it meant and how it actually would work, and the cycle, and my period — I had no clue." We love how relatable she is. She’s not the only woman in the world that has felt that way and probably won’t be the last.
19 Jessica Biel Says Motherhood Has Made Her Crazy
That’s probably a statement that we can all relate to because as mothers we all feel a little kooky at times. During an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Biel said, “This might sound really [bad], but it's the truth. Having a child, I have never experienced more emotions in all my life, anger being one of them.” Isn’t motherhood grand? She added, “Simply put, sometimes your two-year-old makes you crazy.” Hilarious answer and yet so very true. That’s a pretty honest answer from the actress but we all know that she is right on the money with her opinion.
18 She Finds That Women Are Reluctant To Talk About Their Bodies
One thing that Biel noticed during her pregnancy was when she used to ask her friend’s advice about what she was going through, they seemed very reluctant to discuss their own bodies. "Luckily, I didn’t have an issue" having a child, she said in her Women Deliver address, "but I was asking my friends all of these questions about my body and [if they were] experiencing the same thing, and nobody had a clue." She added, "[Body talk is] very [embarrassing], and that’s the problem — why is it so [embarrassing]?" she asked. "I feel completely embarrassed talking about this stuff, even with my gynecologist, and why is that? It makes no sense. I am here because I want to pull the stigmas off female reproductive everything."
17 Motherhood Made Her Realize She’s Not Selfless
There are many lessons to be learned when you become a parent and some of them can be really eye-opening. For Biel, she thought she was a selfless person before she got pregnant but that changed after. “You think you’re a selfless person, and then you realize you’re not,” Biel spoke candidly of life as a mother to People magazine. “These little people come around, and they require so much, and your schedule is really not your own … and it’s very clear that it’s your life now revolving around this dude.” She couldn’t be more right.
16 She Sometimes Eats In The Shower To Save Time
We can’t decide if this is totally weird or absolutely brilliant but when it comes to being a mother sometimes you got to do certain things to save some time. She posted a picture on social media of a plate inside her shower and she stated quite plainly that she had eaten her dinner in the shower. She captioned the photo, “Yes. I eat in the shower. I admit it. Chicken apple sausage and espresso. Try it. I dare you.” It takes a brave woman indeed to admit something like that, especially on social media. Her fans took it pretty well and rallied around her.
15 Her Nanny Helped Her Transition Into A New Parent
One thing that celebrities are often blessed with is having nannies to help them out with the transition. Biel has stated that she gives all the credit to her nanny for keeping her sane. Biel had quite the team around her when she got home from the hospital. Biel shared a story in her nanny’s book, The Nanny Connie Way: Secrets to Mastering the First Four Months of Parenthood about her experience as a new parent. “Our story with Nanny Connie started the day we brought our son home from the hospital," the actress writes in an excerpt from the book. "That may sound like a normal statement coming from new parents, except our birth plan was anything but normal."
14 There Was A Whole Team Surrounding Her
Jessica and Justin weren’t messing around when they left the hospital and they made sure they were surrounded by people that could help them out as new parents. "We had two midwives, one doula, one meditation birthing class, a ton of hippie baby books, and a lovely home in the Hollywood Hills that we had turned into a labor training facility that we called The Octagon. So, not exactly normal," she told People. Yes, so not exactly normal but it’s normal for celebrities. It’s hard to believe they have so much help when regular people struggle to do it all on their own.
13 Her Birth Plan Did Not Go As Planned
A birth plan is always a great thing to have before you head into the delivery room. But it’s something that you shouldn’t get overly invested in because sometimes the plan can go completely off track and you don’t want to be upset by that. "When all our plans fell apart and the serene, natural childbirth we had envisioned ended with a transfer to the hospital and an emergency C-section, we arrived home exhausted, disillusioned, and totally in [awe]," she wrote in her nanny’s memoir. It can be disheartening to any mom who feels that she has it all figured out when the birthing period starts. Don’t take it to heart.
12 She Became Obsessed With Doing Everything Perfectly
Jessica Biel admitted that when her birth plan failed, it made her obsessed with doing everything else perfectly. At least the things that she had control over. It’s always important to remind ourselves that motherhood is not about perfection. "I was obsessed with everything organic, toxin-free, natural, and homeopathic for our kid, who came into this world in an operating room through an incision. I was a dictator, making myself and my husband insane!" Whatever goes on in the birthing room are things we have no control over and we can’t allow that to make us feel as if we did something wrong.
11 Having Kids Made Justin Face His Own Childhood
Sometimes it can be hard to understand our own parents and childhood until we experience parenthood ourselves. Justin Timberlake certainly experienced that when he became a parent. He opened up about becoming a parent in an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats Radio 1. "When you have kids, all of a sudden you're faced with your own childhood, good and bad, and am I gonna completely mess this kid up?" Timberlake shared. "I feel like the success of parenthood is feeling like, 'Uh, I failed all day today but I get to wake up tomorrow and do it again,' and hopefully, they turn out to be a good human being."
10 Justin Wants To Have As Many Kids As They Can
They have one son so far, and Biel has discussed being ready for more, but how many they have is still up for debate. Justin Timberlake, however, wants to have as many as they can. He told Beats Radio 1, “I mean, I want to have as many as we can, if I'm being honest," Timberlake said. When Biel heard about her husband’s interview, she told ET, "Did he say that? Oh, that's interesting," Biel joked, before sharing their hopes to have more. "You know, kids are amazing. They are really hard, but they are really amazing." She added, "I think it would be amazing to have a bigger family," she continued. "I don't know if that is in the cards for us, we will see. But I am feeling him. I don't know what that means exactly, but I like his dedication!"
9 They Were Parent Shamed Over The Length Of Son’s Hair
If you have seen any pictures of Biel’s son, he has really long hair. It’s certainly not the first time to see a guy with long hair, metal bands were notorious for it in the '70s and '80s. When Biel posted a photo of her and their son on social media, she was instantly attacked for allowing her son to have hair that long. One Justin Timberlake supporter thankfully came to save the day, posting, “Who cares if his hair is long!” she wrote. “We should focus on raising kind children, so maybe they don’t grow up and become mean grown-ups that usual social media as a bullying platform!”
8 Justin Says Social Media Has Affected His Parenting
Some celebrities will post just about anything on social media without a care in the world. Justin may have been one of those people until he had a child and then his views on social media changed drastically. “It was important to us to choose how to share him with the world because this is a whole new era for me,” writes Timberlake wrote in his book, Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me. He added, “It’s no longer just about me. I have a wife, a child—a family. It’s [frightening]. It’s invigorating. It’s more meaningful than anything I’ve ever been a part of.”
7 They Try To Protect Their Kid's Privacy As Much As Possible
We don’t see a ton of pictures of their son on social media and that’s because they are determined to keep him to themselves as long as possible. Biel says that being a mom changes everything including how you live day by day. "You don't have a choice. It's called get in the car, open the front door and you better be Mom, because nobody cares what you did all day. My work, I leave it at work. I don't bring it home," Biel said to ET. "I mean, yes, I'm exhausted and sometimes I need like, a glass of wine and to just hang out. But you got to let it go. You have a 2-year-old who just wants to play with you and that's what's most important."
6 The Big Moments Are With His Family Now
Everything changes when you are a parent and Timberlake and Biel have experienced that firsthand. But there is always good that comes with the bad and being a parent is so worthwhile. Timberlake wrote in his book, Hindsight that the best memories he has now are the ones he has with his family. “When my son smiles at me. When my wife looks at me a certain way … These are the moments that are so big in my life now.” It’s such a sweet thing to hear from a guy and it just goes to show how much he appreciates his family.
5 She Was Allowed Self Expression As A Child
When you become a parent, sometimes you can take the things that you learned as a child and bring them into your own parenting. For Biel, she was allowed to really embrace self-expression as a child and that’s probably something that she will want for her son as well. According to Brainy Quote, “My Barbies were usually [bare]. Once, I took their heads off, cut their hair, drew on their short, spiky hair with some markers, then stuck the heads on Christmas lights. Every year, we'd string our tree with those Barbie heads. It looked demonic. My parents were so cool - they saw it as a form of self-expression.”
4 How Justin Picked His Son’s Name
We often wonder where celebrities come up with some of their baby names. In the case of their son, Silas, it didn’t take much for Justin Timberlake to come up with a name. During his interview with Beats 1, Justin talked about how he came up with the name. “I literally just went on Google like, ‘meaning of the name Silas,’ and it sent me to this to this site and it said, ‘of Latin origin, meaning ‘Man of the woods,'” he said during the interview. “I was like, ‘How serendipitous that my last name is Timberlake, like what does that mean?'”
3 Justin Calls Himself Part Of The Dad Fraternity
Ever since he became a father, Timberlake has referred to himself as part of the “dad fraternity.” The big question we all want to know is where does this gang of gangs meet up every month because we want in. Biel also feels like she’s recognizing that being a mom is something that you are always trying to figure out. She told People, "I don't think you ever master finding the balance. You master it, and then your kids are grown up. And then you're home alone and sad!" We think they both make pretty cool parents and Silas is one lucky boy.
2 He Celebrates The Greatest Gift
We love nothing more than to hear a proud father shout from the rooftops about how much he loves his family. It’s just the most heartwarming thing ever. Justin made a post on social media on Christmas Day a few years ago about his family and it was pretty amazing. “This life... Truly the GREATEST gift ever. Hoping you are spending time with the ones you cherish and remembering that we are ALL family. Sending love from ours to yours. Merry Christmas, everyone!! --J and J and S.” He certainly has a way with words, no wonder he’s such a great artist.
1 There’s A Struggle Being A Working Mom
This is what makes Jessica so relatable, she struggles with the same things that so many other working moms struggle with. Many females in Hollywood, like Scarlett Johansson, have spoken about how juggling a major lifestyle and children is no easy feat. "It's hard. Trying to find a balance between work and family and just being an independent human...You’re stretched thin kind of everywhere, and it’s been amazing creatively but really hard. I think every working parent must feel the same." She couldn’t be more right and many women feel guilty as mothers because they want to work but they feel that their child suffers because of it.
Sources: People, Women Deliver, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Brainy Quote, E! Online, Fatherly,