Eva Mendes says she hasn't bounced back into shape

EVA Mendes insists she hasn't bounced back into shape after giving birth to her first child.  

The 'Lost River' actress, who has 11-week-old daughter Esmeralda Amada with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, isn't putting pressure on herself to regain her pre-pregnancy body despite being spotted looking trim and toned in recent weeks.  

The 40-year-old star said: "The whole bounce back thing... I'm like... 'Oh gosh. Ease up. It's okay. We don't have to...' you know? I mean, eventually maybe, but certainly not in a couple weeks."  

Eva credits breastfeeding for helping her to lose weight, but is also eating healthy food.  

She said: "It really does help to shrink your uterus back to normal size. It does! I know it's a really weird thing to say, but it does. It's the best. So it's breastfeeding is really helping and then obviously you want to be healthy for the baby because she's eating kind of what I'm eating, so you want to make good choices."  

The brunette beauty never confirmed her pregnancy and didn't mind having to lie when asked about rumours she was expecting earlier this year.  

She told 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show': "Not really because I was so early on! All moms will understand, you're not supposed to tell anybody during your first... well certainly not the world... in your first trimester. My mother didn't even know yet. So that would have been an awkward phone call. 'Hey mom did you catch Ellen today?' Um, oops!  

"I think just early on, we decided it's going to be so hard for her to have privacy. We thought this is the first opportunity we can give her to protect her and so that I had a nice calm pregnancy, which I did."  

Asked if Esmeralda is sleeping though the night, she said: "No! No, God no. She's two months! You know, we're getting the hang of it, the sleeping thing, but yeah I'm exhausted and it's the best.  

"Really, I'm so incredibly tired. I thought I was tired before at times, but no. Nothing like this, but I wouldn't have it any other way."