Just two months after giving birth to her second son, Carrie Underwood is getting real about postpartum life. In a recent Instagram post, the country music star shared a seemingly standard gym selfie with a refreshingly honest caption.
“I’ve been pretty hard on myself lately,” she writes. “I go into the gym and I can’t run as fast or as far. I can’t lift as much weight or do as many reps as I could a year ago. I just want to feel like myself again.”
Any woman getting back into her normal routine after having a baby can surely sympathize with this struggle. Bodies change drastically throughout pregnancy and birth, and the process of “bouncing back” can be disheartening.
But Underwood, now the mother of two boys, also shares an important lesson she learned along the way, after realizing that her body now has a higher purpose. “As I was working out today, I realized that for the past 11(ish) months, my body has not belonged to me. It was a perfect home for Jacob. And even now it belongs to him every time he drinks his milk,” she writes.
She then makes a promise to appreciate her body for what it is right now and to stop putting so much pressure on herself, which is something we can all relate to. “I promise to stop analyzing every angle and every curve and every pound and every meal. I’m going to keep staying the path because it is a journey and as long as I’m always working towards my goals, one day I’ll reach them. I’m going to take it day by day, smile at the girl in the mirror, and work out because I love this body and all it has done and will continue to do!”
With her post, Underwood joins the ranks of other celebrity mothers who are opening up about postpartum life, shattering the notion that women should strive for perfection after pregnancy. After giving birth to her daughter Rani, Kate Hudson shared a similar selfie, noting that balancing motherhood with personal goals is a continual challenge. Chrissy Teigen also shared a similar message after giving birth to her son, Miles.
Regardless of their post-baby bodies, these these women should be celebrated for creating human life; a feat far more important than any workout goal.