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Eva Mendes

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Motherhood is putting a lot of things into perspective for Eva Mendes, including just how appreciative she is for her own mother.

The actress revealed that her sleepless nights and long days with her baby girl Esmeralda can be grueling, but she also confesses that it's made her praise her mom that much more.

"Now I understand so much, my mother's never gotten more 'I love you so much mommy' texts, I mean, randomly… ya, I get it now," she told Extra during an interview, and adds that although the 6-month-old sleeps through the night now (yay!), there are still a few nights when baby Esme throws mama for a loop.

"But you never know, right, something random can happen and she's just suddenly not sleeping through the night and you're like, wait, I thought we were sleeping through the night, what's up?!"  She laughed, "Why does it always happen at three or four in the morning?!"

Mendes also revealed her secret rule to keeping one of Hollywood's hottest leading men happy at home—and unfortunately, it may be a tough pill to swallow for some of us. Most of us. "You can't do sweatpants… ladies, number one cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!"


Showing off her slim post-baby bod and enviable curves for the April Beauty Issue of Women's Health magazine, the new mom opened up about a variety of hot topics, including her diet and fitness plan.

"I realized a long time ago that I needed to have some kind of routine," she shares of her fitness plan, which includes running and interval sprints. "I don't love it, but I've made peace with that."

Mendes also lifts weights but "nothing too heavy, because my muscle bulks up pretty easily. I mix it up with yoga, or sometimes I'll hike with my trainer." As for her everyday diet?

"I haven't eaten meat in about six years, because I don't agree with factory farming here," she shares. "This is just what worked for me, it's important to say, but when I cut that out I immediately felt better. And also, after a year of eliminating it, my skin looked brighter and healthier overall."