'It shouldn't be the goal': Star opens up about 'unhealthy' pressure to 'bounce back' after giving birth

Ellie Spina
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Maren Morris talked about the pressure to
Maren Morris talked about the pressure to "bounce back" after having a baby. Image via Getty Images.

Maren Morris gave a candid interview on her body image since becoming a mother. 

Following the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, "The Bones" singer opened up about the pressure to "bounce back" to her pre-pregnancy weight since giving birth to her one-year-old son, Hayes. 

"We're always extremely pressed to erase any evidence on our body that we had a child — that we housed a child for nine, 10 months," Morris told reporters backstage. "I just realized how unhealthy that was for me and my workout journey to be like, 'I need to get back to where I was before.'"

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The 31-year-old added that mothers shouldn't make it their mission to reprise their pre-pregnancy bodies. 

"That's not really the goal — that shouldn't be the goal," she said. "To just sort of erase the fact that you had a kid."

Maren Morris opened up about the pressure to
Maren Morris opened up about the pressure to "bounce back" after giving birth. (Image via Getty Images)

Morris went on to say she is actually "really proud of where [her] body is right now, even if it is several pounds heavier" than it was before she and her husband, musician Ryan Hurd, welcomed their son.

The "Drunk Girls Don't Cry" songstress continued, pointing out that having a baby, in general, is something to write home about no matter how quickly you're able to lose weight afterward.

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"It's like, 'I did something that half the population can't do.' So I think that's pretty f—ing rad," she said. "That's kind of how I came to that epiphany and was like, 'I'm gonna share this.'"

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This isn't the first time that Morris has spoken out against the unrealistic expectations new moms feel to lose weight after having children. Earlier this month she shared an Instagram post addressing her feelings on it.

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"[I] am never saying 'trying to get my body back' again. No one took it — I didn’t lose it like a set of keys," she captioned it for her 1.5 million followers. "The pressure we put on mothers to 'snap back' is insurmountable and deeply troublesome. You are and always were a f—-ing badass. And yeah, I’m proud."

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