27/03/2015 10:46 GMT | Updated 30/03/2015 11:59 BST

How Dr Seuss Helped Drew Barrymore Stop Feeling Like A 'Kangaroo With A Pouch'

Drew Barrymore has said that she felt like a 'kangaroo with a giant pouch' after two pregnancies, but she has found the ultimate way to fight her insecurities: with a combination of her children, exercise and... Dr Seuss!

"After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself," she told the US edition of Glamour magazine.

"You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything’s saggy and weird. But you think about how beautiful it is that you’re able to make children.

"When I lose sight of that, I exercise, read Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and spend time with my kids. Then I start to see things that are bigger than myself."

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Oh, The Places You'll Go, is a global best-seller that was written to be read to babies in utero. But its motivational message resonates with readers of all ages and it is often given as a graduation gift, as it contains such inspiring lines as:

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."


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Parenting and Body Image

Barrymore, 40, is married to the actor Will Kopelman, and together they have two daughters, Olive, two, and 11-month-old Frankie. This isn't the first time she has talked openly about coming to terms with how her body has changed since becoming a mother.

She wrote in her column for Refinery29: "Yes, my body has changed a lot as a new mum. But, more importantly, it’s my responsibility to send good, empowering messages to my kids.

"We can’t rip ourselves apart and expect those negative messages not to reach our girls."

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