We’ve all had bad body image days, whether it’s due to unexplained bloating or indulging too much over the holidays. This feeling of insecurity is even more common in new mums who find it hard to adjust to their new bodies after giving birth.
It’s even worse for celebrities who are constantly in the spotlight and subjected to public scrutiny over their physical appearance.
But just like all of us, these superstars are humans who are equally affected by harsh criticism and often promote body acceptance to end the culture of holding women to unrealistic beauty standards.
Pressure to Bounce Back
Carrie Underwood also felt the pressure when she first became a mom. The country music star admitted to feeling insecure in her postpartum body, and even had anxiety whenever she had to leave her house because she was scared of being judged by the public.
The talented musician recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Jacob, but the joy of motherhood was soon replaced by an intense pressure to bounce back to her old figure. However, this wasn’t Carrie’s first pregnancy.
The singer has a 4-year-old son named Isaiah, but she admits that recovering from pregnancy the first time around was a lot easier. But as she gets older, her body is taking more time to come back to her.
But Carrie believes in empowering other women to feel confident in their skin no matter what, and that’s exactly what her activewear brand CALIA is all about.
Shift in Mindset
The brand recently celebrated the launch of its winter collection with a getaway to Aspen where the CEO got personal about her postpartum struggles.
While speaking to People, the singer said that she was frustrated with her body after the second pregnancy because of how long it was taking to recover.
But now she’s working towards shifting to a mindset of self-acceptance by learning to be kind to herself and giving her body credit for giving her the amazing gift of motherhood.
The Jesus Take the Wheel singer says that she’s working on being the best version of herself and enjoying life instead of feeling guilty about indulging over the holidays or taking a break from exercising every once in a while.
The mum-of-two also says that her priority has shifted ever since becoming a mother, and now she spends more time with her family than she does worrying about what people think about her physical appearance.