Carrie Underwood said it felt like it took her longer to bounce back to her pre-baby weight after the birth of her second child, but she’s okay with that.
Underwood spoke to People at the launch of her CALIA activewear line’s new winter collection about fitness and feeling the societal pressure to lose any post-pregnancy pounds.
The singer welcomed her second son, Jacob Bryan, in January.
She shared, “After having my first kid [Isaiah, 4], I felt like I bounced back fast. And then with Jake, it was like my body took a minute to get back to me. It was frustrating, because I’m like, ‘Why wasn’t it like the first time?’
“But I’m four years older. That also helped me shift my mindset — I’m still working hard, wanting to be the best me possible, but cutting myself slack and just thinking, Be kind to yourself. It’s amazing what we [women] do to ourselves. We’re probably all our toughest critics.”
She sings the praises of moderation, “I don’t like to call them ‘cheat days’ — you’re just enjoying life.
“I feel like holiday time can be stressful when it comes to health and fitness, but it doesn’t have to be. You can just say, ‘I’m going to enjoy myself on the holidays.’”
“It’s all about friends and family and food and parties, and indulging responsibly. And when New Year’s is over, get back on the horse. It’s like, ‘Okay, I’ve had my holiday fun. Now it’s time to get back on my path.’”