Carrie Underwood Shares That "Bouncing Back" After Her Second Pregnancy Hasn't Been Easy

The "Cry Pretty" singer opened up on Instagram about the challenges she's navigating in her postpartum fitness journey after giving birth to her son, Jacob.

Carrie Underwood's journey to her second child was a challenging one, marked by fertility doubts and three heartbreaking miscarriages. The announcement of her second pregnancy in August last year was met with joy, especially considering she felt physically well enough to maintain her workout regime. However, the birth of her son, Jacob, in January changed everything.

In a candid Instagram post accompanying a gym selfie, Underwood confessed that her postpartum fitness has not lived up to her expectations. She shared that her body felt different, and more notably, weaker. "I'm going to be honest, 'bouncing back' after having Jacob has been much more difficult than after I had Isaiah and I've been pretty hard on myself lately," she wrote.

The country superstar admitted that her performance at the gym was not the same as before. She found herself unable to run as fast or as far, and her lifting strength and reps have also taken a hit since the birth of her second child.

Country music star, Carrie Underwood, opened up about the challenges she has faced bouncing back to her pre-pregnancy shape following the birth of her second child. Carrie mentioned that it's been tough accepting her body's slower pace post-pregnancy. "I'm yearning to feel as I used to...to have my body function in a way I know it can," she expressed.

Upon deeper reflection, Underwood realized that her perspective needed a shift. She recalled, "As I exercised today, it struck me that for approximately the last 11 months, my body hasn't been mine. It served as Jacob's perfect home," she shared. "Even now, it's his every time he nurses."

Recognizing her role as a mother, Underwood decided to practice self-love as she navigates through life as an artist, spouse, and a mother of two. "As I gear up for red carpet events and life on tour, I make a commitment to myself to begin acknowledging what my body CAN do and quit fixating on what it can't," she penned. "I am committed to stop scrutinizing every angle, every curve, every pound, and every meal. I will persist on this journey because as long as I keep working towards my objectives, I'll achieve them one day. I will take things one day at a time, smile at my reflection in the mirror, and exercise because I cherish this body and all it has achieved and continues to achieve!"

Losing postpartum weight and striving to regain your pre-baby physique can easily morph into an obsession with cosmetic outcomes. Postpartum fitness is often not what most new moms envisage. (Take celebrity trainer Emily Skye, whose pregnancy journey took an unexpected turn.) Yet, the ability to spare some time for yourself to work out or simply indulge in self-care is commendable and worth celebrating. It's okay if you are not as strong as before. It's okay if fitness sometimes has to be de-prioritized with a newborn at home. Strength isn't just about how much weight you can lift, the number of reps you can do, or how often you can hit the gym every week. Sometimes, strength is about having the self-assurance to accept yourself for who you are—in Underwood's words, to "persist on the journey," regardless of where that journey may lead.

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