Maren Morris says pressure for new moms to lose weight is 'insurmountable and deeply troublesome'

Elise Solé
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Country singer Maren Morris rejects the pressure for moms to lose weight. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )
Country singer Maren Morris rejects the pressure for moms to lose weight. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

Maren Morris is dismissing “snap-back” culture that pressures moms to work toward post-baby bikini bodies.   

“Am never saying ‘trying to get my body back’ again,” the Grammy-winning country star declared on Instagram Friday, sharing two photos of herself. In one, she sits on a bed wearing only a bra and underwear and in the second, she exercises with a Bosu ball.

“No one took it, I didn’t lose it like a set of keys,” added the “My Church” singer, 30. “The pressure we put on mothers to ‘snap back’ is insurmountable and deeply troublesome. You are and always were a fucking badass. And yeah, I’m proud.”

Last March, Morris and her husband Ryan Hurd welcomed their first child, a son named Hayes. Right before giving birth, Morris revealed that she gained 40 pounds of pregnancy weight, adding, “And I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Her latest post touched many of her followers, including Mandy Moore, who this month, gave birth to her first child. “Snap-back culture is insane,” commented the This Is Us actress. “Thanks for this.” Singer Ruby Amanfu added, “Tell. Them. Those ignorant attitudes need to SNAP BACK into reality. A goddess is a goddess is A GODDESS.” And “Breathe” singer Michelle Branch blew kisses with emojis.

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Morris is well-versed in the mom-shaming retort. Last year, she posted a photo of her new hairstyle and when a commenter wrote that her visible cleavage was “distasteful,” Morris responded, "Girl BYE. Don't let my boobs knock you on the way out.”

Negative comments like these — and criticism of a photo of Hayes on a pool float while supported by his mom — is why Morris will never show her son’s face on social media. "I would just have to say to anyone that is a mother who is shaming another mother, it obviously, I think, probably comes from just a deep insecurity in your own motherhood that you have to criticize someone else that's especially brand new at this,” she told Andy Cohen in a July interview for Watch What Happens Live. “And we all feel like we suck in the beginning anyways. I'll just say, I'm going to be a little more private about him."

At the time of the pool incident, Hurd defended his wife. “I’d just like to say, my wife usually doesn’t need me to defend her, but she’s a great mom, and my kid was not unsafe on a float in 1 feet of water being held by an adult with 5 people watching so she could get a picture,” he tweeted. “Hayes has 2 coast guard approved life jackets that he wears. Also, sometimes moms have a drink, and homegirl earned it.”

Related: Maren Morris says pandemic gave her time to write songs

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