July 10, 2015 10:00 PM

Jaime King is definitely proud of her baby bump — the star has been actively showing off her bare belly during her second pregnancy.

Despite her comfort, however, the actress knows what it’s like to face body shame.

“People have made comments about how I’m too thin and need to eat a sandwich,” says King in the August issue of American Baby.

“I’ve seen it happen with other pregnant women in this business too — we’re either too thin or put on too much weight. But every woman’s body is different … all that matters is that you’re taking care of the nutrition for yourself and your child.”

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But King, 36 — already mom to James Knight, her 21-month-old son with husband Kyle Newman — doesn’t let the negative comments affect her mood or her approach to motherhood.

“Don’t let other people get you down, and don’t put other women down either,” the cover star, who is due in August, says.

The former Hart of Dixie star also opens up about naming pop superstar Taylor Swift as her new baby’s godmother. Swift joins actress Jessica Alba, who serves as James’ godmother.

“I asked myself, ‘God forbid anything happened to me, would she take care of my child as if he were her own? What kind of morals would she instill? Will she be backup support if for any reason my child doesn’t want to come to me for something?’ ” King explains. “I looked for giving people whom I admire, and those two give more than anyone I’ve ever met.”

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The actress dishes out some tips for new mothers, as well. She says she’s learned from her own son to let things go more easily and be a “better person.” Most importantly, however, King has learned to appreciate the value of sleep.

“Sleep when your baby sleeps,” the mom-to-be shares. “Even now that James Knight is older, I know that if I’m tired between 10:30 a.m. and noon, I can lie down and take a nap when he’s napping.”

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— Lindsay Kimble

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