Hargitay Happy To Have Post-baby Curves
MARISKA HARGITAY didn't feel pressured to go on a crash diet after giving birth, insisting being voluptuous automatically goes along with being JAYNE MANSFIELD's daughter. The 42-year-old star of LAW + ORDER: SVU gained 55 pounds (25 kilograms) while she was pregnant with son AUGUST, but is slowly letting the weight work itself off. After the baby's birth on 28 June (06) the star only had two months to get in shape for the Emmy Awards on 27 August (06). She was reluctant to go on a strict diet while nursing and decided to embrace her curves and wear a form-fitting Carolina Herrera gown for the ceremony, where she picked up her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as detective OLIVIA BENSON. She explains, "I wasn't at all trying to be skinny - my mom is Jayne Mansfield. I'm allowed to have curves!" Hargitay credits her son with helping to get her back into shape saying, "Because I'm nursing, I'm eating really well." Because of the baby's sensitive stomach, Hargitay has had to cut down on dairy, sugar and wheat. She says, "No more chocolate. (And) I'm off the Pringles (potato crisps). It's not about me anymore. It's about him." The star still thinks there is room for improvement as far as her figure is concerned, adding, "I was thrilled to sublet my body for nine months. Now I'm ready to take ownership!"