Courtesy Ladies Home Journal
02/15/2013 at 02:00 PM EST
In another week of tragedy
, it was a breath of fresh air to read something lighthearted, like Mariska Hargitay's outlook on her body after baby.
Readers loved the reason why the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
star, 49, embraces her curves.
"I love my curves because they scream, 'I'm a mama!' " the actress said. "I'm the girl who started wearing maternity pants about an hour after I found out I was pregnant
because I was so excited about becoming a mom."
Curves aside, Hargitay acknowledges that she no longer has the body she had when she was younger, but she's just fine with it.
"Things are sagging a bit – I'm not going to lie," she says. "But am I going to be upset about the sag or am I going to look at my three gorgeous kids and my husband and count my lucky stars? I try to focus on who I am rather than who I'm not."
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