One year after welcoming her daughter, Sienna Princess, Ciara is almost back to her pre-baby weight.
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It's been a year since Ciara gave birth to her daughter, Sienna Princess, and she's been logging some serious hours in the gym in an effort to lose the 65 pounds she gained during the course of her pregnancy.
"I was even more fired up about getting my post-baby weight off [this time]," the 32-year-old singer told People exclusively. "It was just my own personal goal that I set for myself. It's a whole different animal when you have two kids, and it felt really good."
Her intense regimen required squeezing in a workout during pretty much every free moment in her day. "I had the craziest system," Ciara told People. "I would wake up, breastfeed, then get Future [her son] ready for school. Then after I take him to school, come back and work out. Then after I work out, breastfeed and go back and get Future from school. Come back and breastfeed, then go work out again." (We're tired just writing this!)
Sometimes, at night, after putting her kids to bed and spending time with her hubby, she'd occasionally squeeze in more cardio before finally calling it quits. (Related: The New Mom's Guide to Losing Weight After Pregnancy)
The singer also learned that she developed diastasis recti, a postpartum condition that causes the large abdominal muscles to separate, which can make some women appear pregnant even months after giving birth. This led Ciara to amp up her core workouts even more. "I have to work even harder. That's a bit more intense," she told People. "A lot more effort goes into it because your muscles bulge out differently, and you're trying to reconnect the muscles and retrain them." (More on that here: Abs Exercises That Can Help Heal Diastasis Recti)
Ciara used a similarly intense routine after her first pregnancy in 2015. "Once I got back into it, I worked out two or three times daily," she previously told Shape. "I would go to Gunnar [Peterson] first for my one-hour training session, then I'd have two more cardio sessions later in the day. That, along with a really clean eating plan, was how I lost 60 pounds in four months. It was a very intense program, and I was extremely focused on it." This time around, she's dropped most of her baby weight (about 50 pounds) in just five months. (Related: How Much Pregnancy Weight Should You Really Gain?)
While Ciara's dedication to her weight loss is seriously impressive, it's also an important reminder for all moms of just how much work celebrities really put in behind the scenes to return to their pre-baby bodies so quickly. Clearly, this isn't a realistic timeline for many moms without the time or resources to work out multiple times a day with a newborn and a toddler at home. Nor should any woman feel the pressure to immediately "bounce back" after going through something as taxing on their bodies as giving birth.
Since losing 50 pounds, Ciara has slowed down on her intense weight-loss regimen, she says. While she hasn't reached her goal weight yet, she's in no rush to get there and has been "picking up more burgers and fries" and opting for a mindset of moderation. "Life is just so much better that way!" she says. We'd have to agree.
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