Carrie Underwood: ‘My body is completely different than it was a few months ago’

Last night’s ACM Awards marked Carrie Underwood’s return to performing just two and a half months after having her second baby, son Jacob. She’s been back in the gym of course and has been frustrated that she’s not seeing results sooner and can’t do as much as she could before she got pregnant. We know because she posted about it to Instagram. Last night she told ET’s Nancy O’Dell hat she’s in an adjustment period after having her baby.

My body is completely different than when it was a few months ago, and it’s always weird, kind of, to come back and [ask] … do I still have it? Can I still sing?” Underwood said. “Because I had an obstruction in this area for nine months, and now it’s gone. And it’s an adjustment period and it’s on the early side of me.”

“It’s the ACMs, I had to come. I wanted to perform,” she added.

As for baby boy Jacob, Underwood revealed that the little guy has “just started laughing, which is the sweetest sound in the whole world.”

“It’s getting bigger and bigger and he’s just making laughing noises and it’s like, ‘Was that a laugh?'” she said. “And now it’s getting more and more. And he’s such a smiley baby, and so was my other son. They’re special when they’re smiley.”

[From ET Online]

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a performer and to have to be “on” and get back in shape so soon after having a baby. That’s insane to me. I was lucky to be a stay at home mom for my son’s early years until I started this site. I didn’t even go to a meeting until five months postpartum and I remember feeling so different and not like myself.

So I’ll give Carrie a pass on this Nicolas Jebran black and silver sequin one arm dress. The top is decent and I like the lines of beading. The bottom is a ridiculous split skirt with a privacy panel down the front. That’s just a weak design feature. She did change into a better dress, an ombre blue chiffon Tadashi Shoji, for her performance.

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Carrie performed with Chrissy Metz last night, they did the song “I’m Standing With You” along with Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, and Maddie & Tae. JustJared has a clip from that performance, which is from Chrissy’s upcoming Christian drama film Breakthrough, out April 17th. It’s based on a true story of a teenager in Missouri who was revived after a near-drowning in an icy lake. His mother credits faith and prayer for his recovery. That’s right up Carrie’s alley. No shade intended, it is!

Also Carrie posted to Instagram about pumping for her baby ahead of the ACMs. That’s what I mean about returning to work so soon it’s got to be rough when you’re a performer.



Photos credit:, WENN and Getty

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  1. Chaine says:

    I wish she felt comfortable enough with the level of success she has reached to take a few months just completely off to rest, recover, enjoy her new baby. She does not sound happy.

    • Mindy_dopple says:

      This! It’s like she feels insecure about her position and status that she feels she HAS to be 100% beautiful and perfect all the time.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      She doesn’t look happy. It’s a shame.

      • Kittycat says:

        She really looks sad.

      • Raina says:

        She’s so superficial it’s ruining her moments in life. I get that when she had that accident she felt badly but she acted as though she were the character Eric Stoltz played in the Mask.
        Chill girl. Enjoy it all.
        Besides, your voice has nothing to do with your appearance. Adele ain’t no size 0 and she’s sexy and can sing the hell out of every song

    • Tourmaline says:

      Sad Country Music Barbie.

    • Case says:

      Something about her makes me feel like motherhood (or at least the pregnancy aspect) isn’t really her favorite thing. And maybe that’s a horrible thing to say, but she’s just made a lot of off-handed comments that make me feel like she’s more upset about how pregnancy and post-pregnancy makes her body change than happy about growing her family. I don’t say this to be mean at all — she seems like a nice person. But I do think she has some serious body image issues that keep her from enjoying herself.

      • Redgrl says:

        Yes to all of this! Not sure if it’s post partum depression issues or some sort of body dysmorphia or if there’s something going very wrong in her marriage but she always sounds stressed, miserable and single mindedly obsessed with her body and looks. When she talks about her career or children it sounds distracted – then she seems to switch on talking about her appearance.
        It’s sad. (And yes to the poster below who says she needs a lunch date with Kelly Clarkson!)

      • Rhys says:

        @Case, I got the same feeling from her too. I also do not think it’s a bad thing – motherhood is not mandatory for everyone and some people enjoy it more than others. It’s completely normal and should be respected. I’m sure she loves her children, but it doesn’t mean she has to love motherhood.

        I think she puts too much pressure on herself. She is incredibly successful and accomplished. Something about her getting married and becoming a mother added a negative tint to things.

      • minx says:

        Agree, and it’s tedious to hear her talking about her body.

    • billypilgrim says:

      Enjoy her baby or her “nine month obstruction”. Is she talking about her baby or the baby pushing up into her vocal cords?

      Carrie, gurl, you take yourself far too seriously. Take a seat at the give it a rest table.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        The baby pushes up into the lungs and diaphragm and she would have to adjust her breathing. She’s only 5’3″ so she doesn’t have a lot of abdominal space to work with in the first place. Plus, the baby would stretch her abdominal muscles and she wouldn’t have the same breath control as before the pregnancy when her core muscles were still strong and tight. Postpartum, she would have to readjust her breathing yet again and also get her core strength back. So yeah, as a singer, having a baby *directly* interfered with how she could do her job. She can call the baby a “nine month obstruction” the same way anyone could call the baby a “parasite;” it sounds harsh but it’s also completely true.

  2. Emily says:

    I can’t decide if it’s the questions she’s asked or what she wants to talk about…but I can’t help feeling like Carrie has a real problem with wanting her body to never change? There were all the stories about how her face was OMG SO DIFFERENT after her fall, and…she looks the same. Now she’s had a second baby and all she can talk about is working out, what she eats, how she feels different. I know she and I lead very different lives and she’s expected to look a certain way, but I feel so sad for moms who are so obsessed over what they look like and bouncing back or whatever.

    • broodytrudy says:

      I have followed her for a long time and i genuinely don’t think she’s got much going on aside from that, but i think it’s her obsession. She has a serious need for validation and it makes me so sad. I’d love to hear her talk more about her charity work or lean into some sort of mom-branding. She’s hustled for years and i wonder if she feels like it all rides on her body. Carrie needs a lunch date with Kelly Clarkson.

    • Kitten says:

      Maybe it *is* just the questions that she gets asked but holy HELL, the only thing she ever talks about are her looks. I stopped having sympathy quite some time ago and I just find it all so tedious, superficial and boring at this stage.

      • stormsmama says:

        What is so sad to me is that she talked about how hard it was to get pregnant and yet now she’s fighting her body – instead of saying Im so lucky I was able to get pregnant again after all the drama, and I accept Im not in my 20s and its a lot of work, its tiring and Ive just got to be kind to myself.
        Instead she sounds so unhappy. She sounds like she has little perspective bc she puts so much pressure on herself.
        Its sad. I hope she has an A-ha moment and realize this is everything she said she wanted and its ok to enjoy it.

        I hope its not post pardum depression or some kind of residual ptsd or trauma from the fall…

  3. Lucy2 says:

    She looks perfectly fine, as I said last time, this sometimes feels like fishing for compliments.
    If she really is that insecure about it, then I’m sorry for her. That has to be difficult, being in the public eye, but she could move past it. She’s a singer, not a model, and shouldn’t put such hard expectations on her self.

    Also… She could take more time off if she’s not ready to jump back into all this. She has plenty of money and fame, what’s the rush?

  4. Nicole says:

    Those legs tho! Homegirl is clearly doing lunges. I want legs like that.

  5. Isa says:

    She looks incredible. Trying to relate is hard because I didn’t look like that before pregnancy, and I certainly won’t look like that so soon after birth. But I do remember after my last, just not feeling like myself for an entire year. Like I was in the shell of someone else.

  6. broodytrudy says:

    She seems like the type of person who needs constant validation and that’s super exhausting. Like, girl you’re a bajillionaire, you’re probably the most beloved woman in country music at this time, you have a family, you have a gorgeous ranch…get yourself some anti depressants and take some time to enjoy what you have. You’ve worked hard for it, it’s okay to bask for a bit.

  7. Renee2 says:

    She needs to find something else to talk about besides her body. Even if she shifted to talking about her exercise regimen, her diet, etc. I remember when she first came out and she didn’t seem to be so myopic and self-absorbed…she was vocal about being inclusive of LGBT people and her vegetarianism/veganism as it pertained to her love of animals and charity work…now it’s just my body, my body, my body. Like people have real problems and there are serious things going on in the States right now!!! Maybe I’m just an idiot for expecting more of her. At any rate she should seriously talk to a therapist about her problems because this focus on her appearance could be indicative of something else that’s amiss.

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I can’t imagine being in the public eye and the physical demands either, but because it’s hard she needs to change the conversation, and because she doesn’t and can only discuss looks, food, exercise, she does nothing for me but solidify the fog in which she walks.

  9. Abby says:

    I really think she has OCD with body dysmporohia.

  10. DS9 says:

    I didn’t realize having a baby kept you from singing. Didn’t realize you needed to be super fit to host an awards show, didn’t realize get career would die if she sat one show out…

    She exhausts me so i’m sure she exhausts herself

  11. Nikki says:

    I am sick of everyone being so self obsessed about their bodies, and the need to share everything from one’s diet to which flavor of latte they’re drinking. Feeling grumpy!!

  12. Lisa says:

    Carrie looks great.

  13. BuddyJack says:

    I know Mickey Guytons dad…..he is a really great, gregarious, kind man who is just so proud of his amazing daughter. He attended last pm and was posting all on his social media. Fun to see.

  14. styla says:

    Does she talk about anything else but her body or is that just what this site chooses to cover?

  15. Isabelle says:

    Wow looking at her legs the girl does lift. Lifting weights are awesome and IMO there is no better workout. However if you just take a few months off your body will lose muscle. She will have to slowly build herself back up again.

  16. Victoria says:

    I get it but I’m fat at the moment so I’m not happy or secure. But homegirl can use surrogates if she wants more kids, that’s what I’d do. But she looks sad and maybe she needs a mental health break to feel better about herself. Motherhood isn’t for everyone, and she’s probably realizing that now. Who knows

  17. Deedee says:

    Her obsession over her looks is getting tiresome.

  18. erika says:

    i wonder if it’s because when she came out on the scene she was a lot heavier and lost weight as she became more successful…

    • DS9 says:

      She’s in the same genre as Miranda Lambert who yo yo’s all of the time and still feels records and tours.

      She also overlaps with Kelly Clarkson who has also had some ups and downs and gave birth a few times.

      So i’m not sure where she got in this headspace that she needed to be perfectly toned all of the time. She’s in better shape post partum than just about anyone she could share a stage with

  19. Miss M says:

    I really dont follow her. But the last interviews I saw here she is always talking about her looks. Either she is very insecure or something else is happening.
    she does not sound like a happy person at all.

  20. Yes Doubtful says:

    That hair poof is so bad… didn’t that go out of style 10 years ago?

  21. SilverPoodle says:

    I think she looks great! It’s sad that she doesn’t feel that. I think what she needs to work on is what’s inside, how she feels about herself.

  22. Jag says:

    That ombre is absolutely beautiful! The other dress would be fine if it actually had a skirt. Love that she’s pumping and being honest about not feeling up to par yet. No shade on this post about Carrie, and y’all know that I’m not a fan.

  23. Loca says:

    Carrie looks amazing as always. She has a beautiful family.

  24. Snowflake says:

    She is so gorgeous! I feel like some of you are catty when it comes to Carrie. She didn’t know what her face was going to look like after her accident, i would have been freaking out too. I feel like the claws come out for Carrie because people think, shut up bitch, what do you have to complain about? But even the most beautiful woman can be insecure.

    • Bryn says:

      There’s no need to use that language for sure, but I get the criticism for sure. It seems to be all she talks about, her body, her face. When she had the accident she acted like she was a monster, she constantly talks about her body. It’s very annoying

  25. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I am a million percent jealous of Carrie’s legs.

  26. Trashaddict says:

    Wow the dark eyes where you can’t see the light reflecting is like something out of The Stepford Wives. Creepy.