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Meghan Trainor on Learning to Love Her Body Again Post C-Section

“I had to look at myself and start to love myself all over again from scratch,” Trainor said.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published April 11, 2023

Meghan Trainor has long since been a champion of body positivity with songs like All About That Bass, but now, as a mother to 2-year-old Riley with a second one on the way, she’s opening up about her continual struggles with body image and how she had to start to love herself “all over again from scratch” after her c-section.

In a recent interview with theSkimm,’ the Mother singer delved into her c-section experience and other unexpected parts of motherhood she discusses in her new book Dear Future Mama: A TMI Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Motherhood from Your Bestie.

“I made life. I gave birth. I had a c-section. And I’ve always struggled on loving myself and my body and there’s a lot of new scars coming in, so I had to look at myself and start to love myself all over again from scratch,” she told viewers. “I mean, I didn’t want to be naked in front of my husband. And he looks at my c-section scar like, ‘This is where my baby came out. This is the most beautiful scar I’ve ever seen in my life.’ And I’m like, ‘I want to look at it like you do. How did you figure that—You know,” she added.

When it comes to pregnancy surprises, Trainor joked about how her c-section experience went by quicker than she thought. “One thing I didn’t know about having a c-section: I didn’t know how quick it would be. You get the baby in seven minutes. It’s like popping a big pimple,” she said. “And it comes out and you’re like, what?!”

Trainor, who had never had stitches, broken a bone or had a scar before, recalled almost fainting when her husband took off her c-section tape “Like, I’ve already been through the surgery, survived. But him ripping off this little bandaid, I was like ahhh!”

The Made You Look singer first revealed that she was having another baby on January 30 on a morning segment of TODAY with a sonogram photo pasted on the inside of her upcoming book. “We’re pregnant!” Trainor excitedly screamed as host Kathy Hoda opened the book. “We did it!”

Alongside her announcement and honesty around her postpartum body image, Trainor has also shared her prenatal mental health struggles during her first pregnancy. “When I was pregnant, I felt very alone,” Trainor shared. “It was also Covid times, so I didn’t have any friends that were pregnant with me, and I just remember being like, I don’t want anyone else to feel like that. So now I can be your future bestie and I can help you and tell you all my TMI details of my pregnancy and how crazy it was.”

For more pregnancy and parenting insights, revelations and advice from Trainor, pre-order her book Dear Future Mama: A TMI Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Motherhood from Your Bestie, now. The book will be officially released on April 25.

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