April 23, 2013 04:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Life has changed quite a bit in the last several months for hit singer Shakira — in addition to snagging a spot on the judging panel for The Voice, the celeb is also adjusting to being a new mom! So far, the transition has been fine, but Shakira admits that motherhood is far more difficult than she anticipated.
Three months after giving birth to an adorable baby boy, Shakira has learned that the title of mommy comes with a lot of hard work! Topping out the list of surprises for the new mother is the sheer time drain of changing diapers. She recently explained her frustration to Us Weekly: “I didn’t expect babies to need so many diapers! Nobody told me they needed to be changed so often.”
Shakira adds that, while she loves her son, parenting often leaves her feeling drained and exhausted. “He’s a great, great baby. He’s an easy one, I think. But nobody told me it would be this hard. It takes a lot of energy from you. But I love it, I’m really enjoying every bit of it. It’s just that it’s not as idyllic as everybody tells you, but also not as horrible as everyone tells you.”
The one aspect of motherhood that does really bother the singer: the accompanying weight loss struggle. Shakira’s baby weight has been the topic of much discussion among fans of The Voice, and while many of these viewers think that the celeb looks great, she still finds herself dealing with a lot of weight-related stress. “I knew that I’d have to come back here to do The Voice two months after I delivered a baby. I didn’t have my four months maternity like every woman on earth has. So I’m not trying to complain, but it’s been a process full of challenges in my life.”
Umm, we’re not sure where she got the part about everyone having four months of maternity…but we understand that there’s got to be plenty of pressure involved when you’re forced back into the public eye a short time after giving birth. And for the record, we think Shakira looks lovely as ever!
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