Jessica Alba reflects on motherhood: 'I feared I would lose my sense of self'

While Jessica Alba has two daughters and a baby boy on the way, the Into the Blue star once feared she wasn’t cut out for motherhood. Chatting with Good Housekeeping, the Honest Company founder — who shares daughters Honor, nine, and Haven, six, with husband Cash Warren — admitted, “I feared I would lose my sense of self in becoming a mom, but it’s actually made me more true to who I am.”

She continued, “It’s good for my girls to see that I have an opinion…hopefully some of what I’m doing will rub off on them. It’s hard, because they’re growing up with more privilege than I had.”


jessica-alba-ghVIEW GALLERY Jessica Alba stars on the cover of Good Housekeeping's January 2018 issue Photo: Justin Coit

Jessica founded her eco-friendly baby product company in 2012 after welcoming her first child, Honor, in 2008. The actress, who suffered from severe asthma and allergies growing up, explained, “I wanted this new little person to live a healthy life." She added, “I had a really lonely childhood, and I didn’t have a lot of friends. I didn’t want that for my kids… I wanted Honest to be a brand that put human health and safety first and actually worked.”

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Since its launch, the Honest Company has turned into a billion-dollar business. Discussing her secret to success, the Hollywood star said, “Nothing is easy. If it’s easy, you should worry. You have to fail a few times to find out what the best path forward is. It’s part of learning.”

jessica-alba-family1VIEW GALLERY The actress is expecting her first son wth husband Cash Warren Photo: Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort


The 36-year-old admitted that she is “competitive,” which is she something wants her kids to be. Jessica shared, “Recently, I told my oldest [Honor], who doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, 'It's OK to win a race; it doesn't mean you're bragging. Don't hold yourself back.' "

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