Kelly Rowland has some “Motivation” for all new new moms: Don’t stress over your body after baby.
“Write on your mirror in lipstick: ‘I had a baby. I’m a superhero,’ ” the singer says in the February issue of Parents.
Rowland, 33, welcomed 14-month-old son Titan Jewel with husband Tim Weatherspoon in November 2014. And while she’s got a full plate — between changing diapers, recording her upcoming album, and filming her forthcoming reality singing competition Chasing Destiny — the new mom still manages to find time for exercise. (Rowland’s go-tos are spinning and workouts with a trainer.)
“People think of exercise as tiring, but it actually gives you energy,” the “Dumb” singer explains.
But Rowland insists every new mother gets back into her fitness regimen at her own pace.
“It takes about a year to get the weight off. Don’t beat yourself up if it takes even longer,” she says.
While the Destiny’s Child star has had no problem embracing body positivity, there were some physical aspects of motherhood she initially struggled with.
After experiencing a low milk supply (a common issue with breast implants; Rowland has been open about her decision to go from an A to a B cup size in October 2007), the singer had to turn to formula to supplement her baby boy’s feedings.
“I had my heart set on breastfeeding, but I wasn’t producing enough milk,” she shares. “I got down on myself, which I think was mentally limiting my supply.”
Ups and downs aside, her family of three has made her complete. “Being a mom just makes me feel whole,” Rowland says.
— Jeff Nelson