Carrie Underwood Admits Getting Her Body Back After Her Second Baby Has Been ‘Frustrating’

Carrie Underwood is getting real about her post-baby body. The superstar, who welcomed her second son, Jacob Bryan, in January…

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Lauren Jo Black

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December 18, 2019

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Carrie Underwood is getting real about her post-baby body.

The superstar, who welcomed her second son, Jacob Bryan, in January of this year, recently opened up to People about the struggles she’s faced when it comes to bouncing back after baby No.2.

“After having my first kid [Isaiah, 4], felt like I bounced back fast. And then with Jake, it was like my body took a minute to get back to me. It was frustrating, because I’m like, ‘Why wasn’t it like the first time?’ ” Underwood shared with the publication at an event celebrating the new CALIA by Carrie Underwood winter collection.

Though she admitted to feeling a bit frustrated, the “Drinking Alone” singer said she tries to cut herself some slack and not let the pressure of bouncing back right away get to her.

“But I’m four years older,” she added. “That also helped me shift my mindset — I’m still working hard, wanting to be the best me possible, but cutting myself slack and just thinking, ‘Be kind to yourself.’ It’s amazing what we [women] do to ourselves. We’re probably all our toughest critics.”

As the holiday season approaches, Underwood shared her thoughts on holiday indulgences and how to manage your nutrition with so many holiday temptations. Her advice? Enjoy yourself.

“I don’t like to call them ‘cheat days’ — you’re just enjoying life,” she explained. “I feel like holiday time can be stressful when it comes to health and fitness, but it doesn’t have to be. You can just say, ‘I’m going to enjoy myself on the holidays.’”

“It’s all about friends and family and food and parties, and indulging responsibly,” she continued. “And when New Year’s is over, get back on the horse. It’s like, ‘Okay, I’ve had my holiday fun. Now it’s time to get back on my path.’”

With a wildly successful 2019 behind her, Underwood is preparing to ring in the holiday season with family before a busy 2020.

“There’s a lot of travel, but that’s kind of our tradition because we don’t have any family that actually lives near us, so it’s just go, go, go,” Underwood told People.

Next year, Carrie Underwood will release her first book, FIND YOUR PATH: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life. The book will introduce fans to her Fit52 program and detail her personal health and fitness journey.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.