Meghan Trainor says she felt “not sexy” after giving birth to son Riley – postpartum women might sympathize – making romance with husband Daryl Sabara a “struggle”.
On Wednesday, the “No Excuses” singer opened up to People how to welcome her 6 month old son Riley with the spy on children the actor has toned down his body image. “I’m covered in scars and stretch marks in new places that I didn’t know the stretch marks could be,” she told the outlet. “There are things that are never going to go away, and I have to learn to love them.”
And Trainor’s self-perception crept into his sex life. “I started to feel not sexy immediately. Even with my husband, the love of my life, who revere the ground I walk on, who love my body – I was like, ‘I don’t feel it, man,’ “she added.” It took me a few weeks and therapy sessions to ask myself, how can I get back to the mindset of ‘My husband loves me, and I’m hot, and everything is fine?’ “
Body positivity is dear to the Grammy winner, whose 2014 song “All About That Bass” is an ode to physical diversity, a feeling hard for Trainor to embrace, even while writing the lyrics. “It’s terrifying to say to the whole world, ‘Hey, I’m a little chubby and I’m in love with it, that’s fine with me!’ when I really didn’t 100% agree with that while writing the song, ”she said Entertainment tonight in 2015. “It was more of a song I wish I had heard on the radio to help me with my insecurities.”
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But Trainor is committed to spreading self-esteem, even shooting the music video for his song. Me too after viewing a clip of her body, she claimed to have been digitally altered. “My height is not that small,” she told fans in a video that year. “I was the size of a bomb. I don’t know why they didn’t like my size. I didn’t approve this video and it’s been around the world so I’m embarrassed.
Yet like the majority of new moms, Trainor needed time after childbirth to feel like herself again. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors generally recommend that new moms wait between four and six weeks to have sex so that their bodies can heal. But there is no yardstick for when women feel emotionally ready in the midst of postpartum infant care exhaustion, hormonal fluctuations, and physical healing.
Treating himself nicely is what helped Trainor get back on track. “The spark did not go, but the spark struggled,” she said. People, adding that sex is now “a surprise – it’s not expected – and it really brought our spark back”.
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