Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About Why She Was So Protective Of Her Pregnancies

Pregnancy can be a very emotional, exciting and stressful time for women. While many women are overjoyed when they find out they are pregnant, especially when they have been trying to get pregnant for awhile, there is a lot to process because having a child is truly life-changing. It doesn’t help that hormones mess with the mom-to-be’s emotions, and an ever-changing body can be hard for some women to accept.

Life definitely doesn’t go back to normal after childbirth. There is a new normal, and there is a steep learning curve about being a parent. It doesn’t help that everyone, even non-parents, seems to judge other parents, especially when those parents happen to be in the spotlight.

Even before actress Scarlett Johansson gave birth to her daughter, she felt judgement as soon as she told people she was pregnant with her first child. Along with exclamations of “congratulations” and “how exciting” from well-meaning people in her life, Johansson felt judged for not feeling 100% excited all the time.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Johansson opened up about motherhood, and shared that she chose to keep both of her pregnancies as private as possible because she didn’t want to “feel scrutinized in the public eye.” Watch the video below to hear what she means by that and why she thinks women’s empowerment is still “sort of in the Dark Ages” when it comes to judging pregnant moms.

Johansson told Vanity Fair that “having children is the biggest life-changing thing” in her life. Life-changing things aren’t alwasy easy. Besides feeling judged, she also shared that she struggles with motherhood in another way.

She added that after she had her first child, her now 6-year-old daughter Rose, she tried to find work-life balance and believes that such a balance does not exist. She explained, “I always felt like I was trying to keep up and create some sort of work-life balance, which I think is probably a lie.”

Do you think the goal of work-life balance for working moms is a lie? If you are a mom, did you feel judged when friends congratulated you on your pregnancy?