New mama Shakira looks fabulous just months after giving birth to son, Milan. However the 36 year old first time mom recently revealed that dropping the pounds to be in shape to promote “The Voice” was extremely stressful and difficult.
“I know I had to come back here to do “The Voice” two months after I had delivered a baby. I didn’t have my four months of maternity like every woman on Earth has. I’m not trying to complain, but it’s been a process full of challenges.”
Shakira went on to add that the pressure to shed the weight for our generation is much more intense than it has been for previous generations of women. She said, “I think that our mothers and grandmothers weren’t under the pressure women of today are after delivering a baby. My dad says there’s nothing better than meat over the bones. So he likes my mom a little chubby. She was never under the pressure to have to get to her old weight – and she never did.”
I’m sure that the pressure as a rock star is even more intense than the pressure most women face. However the example we see in the media of super swelte new moms like Beyonce and Shakira just months after giving birth, can make us all feel a little inadequate. So, it’s a nice reality check to hear that it was extremely challenging for them as well, even with all the dieticians/chefs, personal trainers and nannies at their call.
Shakira was also very honest about the ups and downs of new motherhood to a newborn. She told US Weekly, “I didn’t expect babies to need so many diapers! Nobody told me they needed to be changed so often! I mean he’s a great, great, baby. He’s an easy one, I think. But nobody told me it would be this hard. It takes a lot of energy from you.”
I always admire a star that says it like it is! It also shows that she is putting in the effort as a new mom and not just token baby carrying on a shopping photo op excursion. Being a mom is hard work, but it is also so worth it!