In her cover interview with Women’s Health, Christina Aguilera, a mom of two, shared her thoughts on the importance of self-care, especially once a woman becomes a mom.
“Mothers are constantly expected to be the nurturers, the givers, the providers of a comfortable home. We’re expected to be pregnant, have the kids, breastfeed once we have the babies. And we’re expected to look amazing after baby, right?” Aguilera tells the magazine, according to E!. “Keep our husbands and boyfriends interested—because we’re supposed to get back to sexy and keep things exciting in the bedroom. There’s such a long list.”
In many cases, the projected list of expectations that women and new moms have to live up to is overwhelming and unrealistic at the very least.
Christina Aguilera, who has prided herself on focusing more on her health than on her post-pregnancy weight, said, “I would say to any woman: ‘Don’t be too hard on yourself!’ If you’re not feeling confident on a certain day, you have to let that go, and own, ‘Yeah, I’m not feeling confident today.”
Way to go, Christina.