Our bodies are just one of many things that mother’s sacrifice. It doesn’t matter how tight your abs are, the act of growing an actual human is bound to have some affect.
Like many first time mums, singer Kelly Rowland couldn’t get over how much her body had changed. It didn’t help that after giving birth to her son Titan Jewell Weatherspoon three years ago, she was diagnosed with diastasis recti, a condition where your abs permanently separate from your centre.
“I looked at my stomach like, ‘that is not the same girl that was on the cover of this magazine, I look different,’” she told Health recently.
She decided to start doing Pilates and found it a fantastic way to get her abs back.
“It just keeps the core tight, brings the abs in, the breathing, it’s just fantastic,” the Destiny’s Child alum said.
“I love Pilates for core strength and I have the best teacher—Michelle is amazing.”
As much as she loved the workouts, Kelly also came to realise it was impossible to get back the exact body she had pre-baby.
“It was a new body to embrace,” she recalls. “I think I had to check myself.”
“How I became comfortable with my body is understanding that no one looks like me,” the singer said.
“I kept comparing myself to so many other women who didn’t look like me, and I had to embrace me and all my flaws.”
For those struggling with loving their bodies, Kelly has some great advice.
“You should always appreciate the fact that there’s only one you. You don’t want to look like anyone else, dress like anyone else, be shaped like anyone else. Please understand and know that every body is made differently. You are one in a million.”
Amen to that.
While we’re on the topic, here’s how this woman coped with an unexpected pregnancy. Also the check out the Healthy-ish Podcast on how to love your body every single day.
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