Eva Mendes shows off post-baby bod, talks working out: 'I don't love it'

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors (L-R) Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: Eva Mendes seen filming a commercial on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Bladen/GC Images)
Director Ryan Gosling poses during a photo call for Lost River at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Eva Mendes arrives at the "On The Road" gala screening as part of AFI Fest on Saturday, November 3, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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From left, director Ryan Gosling and actress Christina Hendricks of the film Lost River and Geoffrey Arend arrive for the screening of Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Director, writer, and cast member George Clooney, right, and cast member Ryan Gosling pose together at the premiere of "The Ides of March", in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. "The Ides of March" opens in theaters Oct. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
Director Ryan Gosling poses during a photo call for Lost River at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: (L-R) Actors Reda Kateb, Ryan Gosling, Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend attend the 'Lost River' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
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Eva Mendes looks better than ever since giving birth to baby Esmeralda in September.

The gorgeous 41-year-old actress covers Women's Health's April issue sporting a white tank-top and pants while looking fit and happy, but she's also not afraid to admit that it takes work to maintain her slim physique. The Hitch actress dishes that she runs and does interval sprints, we well as lifts a little bit of weight but "nothing too heavy, because [her] muscle bulks up pretty easily."

"I realized a long time ago that I needed to have some kind of routine," she says about of her workout regime, which also includes yoga and hikes with her trainer. "I don't love it, but I've made peace with that."

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She's also been a vegetarian for six years because of her personal beliefs, but shares that there's been other benefits from her diet as well.

"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."

"It's bonding with my little girl," she says.

Though don't expect her to dish out any mothering advice any time soon.

"I want to respect all the moms out there," she explains. "They're going to be like, 'You know what? You're a few months in. Just shut up.'"

"Having [a therapist] who's totally objective and who points out my patterns -- I find that really helpful," she says. "And I'm lucky to work with someone who doesn't just sit there and nod her head, you know? I need to hear what you think! Tell me what's wrong with me so I can fix it!"

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In January, Eva presented at the Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer event, where she had a bit of trouble reading the teleprompter on-stage. Luckily, she had a very good excuse -- her lack of sleep thanks to being a new mom!

Watch the adorable moment below:

Eva Mendes Is Too Tired from Her Baby to Read a Teleprompter
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