Mandy Moore says it’s about ‘having grace’ as she tries to find time to take care of herself as a mother

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Photographed by Ben Watts Mandy Moore for Health, on sale February 11.

mandy moore explains how her wellness routine has changed since becoming a mom.

the It’s us star, 37, graces the cover of the March issue of Healthin which she speaks candidly about her experience of motherhood and how she finds time to take care of herself as the mother of her son August “Gus” Harrison, who turns 1 later this month- this.

Moore, who shares her son with her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, says she “is lenient with [herself]right now when it comes to practicing a wellness routine.

“Right now it’s about having grace — being kind to myself when I don’t feel as available and accessible as being able to take care of myself,” she explains. “It was so much easier when I was pregnant, to find the time to take care of myself. I was at the chiropractor. I was in acupuncture every week. I had prenatal massages. And then as soon as baby happens, all that pretty much goes out the window.”

While the actress says she wishes she could “find the time to incorporate some of these practices again,” she continues to stay positive when “it’s not doable.”

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Mandy Moore Health

Mandy Moore Health

Photographed by Ben Watts Mandy Moore for Health, on sale February 11.

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“I try not to blame myself,” she says. “If I have free time and I’m not working, I’d much rather walk around with Gus than rush off to get a facial. However, that doesn’t diminish the importance of those things either. .I feel like I’m constantly walking a tightrope of what would be best for me today.”

The mother-of-one also shares what was the biggest surprise for her about motherhood.

“Every day is different. It’s overwhelming on a level I never expected,” she admits. “All the clichés are true. Love is so immediate.”

“At the very beginning it was like, ‘Oh, you’re breastfeeding. The baby is sleeping.’ You figure out your routine. Then, maybe three months later, you’re like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t have the skills for that. Maybe I’m not a good mother. “I questioned everything,” she continues. “I looked at my husband, who seemed so comfortable, it was so natural for him. I felt bad about myself and what I brought as a mother. to question.”

Mandy Moore Health

Mandy Moore Health

Photographed by Ben Watts Mandy Moore for Health, on sale February 11.

“And I was like, ‘Is this feeling going to last forever? Am I just going to feel unworthy, unprepared? Is this just the foreseeable future?’ And a week later, I got my balance back,” Moore said. “I remember people telling me that everything was a phase and you shouldn’t push yourself too hard about anything – and it’s true.”

The “Candy” and Goldsmith singer welcomed baby Gus on Feb. 20, 2021.

Moore also described her experience as a mother for the first time while covering Parents December 2021 issue of the magazine.

“I don’t mean to sound corny, but all the clichés are true. Life is in Technicolor now. It makes sense in a way it didn’t before,” she said. “I had no idea this degree of love existed in the world.”

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