For Shay Mitchell, pregnancy was tough, as she suffered from prenatal depression — a condition she wasn't familiar with.
Though things got better after welcoming daughter Atlas in October 2019, the actress noted that whenever she expressed her thoughts and feelings on social media, she received backlash.
"Right after I had Atlas, if I ever made a comment about how I didn't feel like myself, people were like, ‘Well, you just had a baby,'" she recalled to Women's Health. "Yeah, I know I just had a baby. I'm very grateful for my body, and that it gave life, but I'm still allowed to express that I don't feel like myself."
"I was strong before I had Atlas, and I wanted to feel that way after," the Pretty Little Liars star noted. "We celebrate our bodies before we're pregnant; we celebrate our bodies with bumps. We should also celebrate our bodies at whatever point we feel our best again."
By January 2020, she decided to start using the Openfit app, which "changed everything," she declared.
"I had way more energy; I don't have five cups of coffee anymore," Mitchell revealed. "I can sound preachy when I'm talking about it, but it totally altered my year."
Mitchell's routine consisted of working out five days each week for a total of four weeks straight.
The You star touted the regimen as a "doable time frame" with "a clear start, a clear finish and a something that I could totally commit to."
"I feel more healthy, energetic and engaged … which makes a better me," she noted.
On top of exercising, Mitchell sticks to a "healthy-ish" diet, which is basically just about balance.
"I wish I could say it was all quinoa, salmon, and asparagus, but it's not," she admitted, confessing she loves to indulge at night with things like ice cream and doughnuts.
That being said, having her daughter around has made her more health-conscious.
"I want her to be conscious about what she's eating and where she gets it from," Mitchell shared. "We have been taking her to the farmers market, and I like her knowing that this food came from a specific place."