Following the birth of her daughter Sienna just one year ago, Ciara is back down to her pre-baby weight and is discussing how she managed to lose 50 of the 65 lbs. gained during her second pregnancy. The singer and mother of two told PEOPLE that she was determined to lose her post-baby weight as a goal she’d set for herself.
“I was even more fired up about getting my post-baby weight off [this time],” she said. “It was just my own personal goal that I set for myself. It’s a whole different animal when you have two kids, and it felt really good.”
Ciara says that she would work out two to three times a day with a trainer in between breastfeeding her daughter and school-runs with her son, calling it “the craziest system.”
“I would wake up, breastfeed, then get Future ready for school. Then after I take him to school, come back and work out. Then after I work out, breastfeed and go back and get Future from school. Come back and breastfeed, then go work out again,” Ciara says.
Revealing that she suffers from diastasis recti, a postpartum condition in which the large abdominal muscles separate, the “Body Party” singer says that she uses intense workouts as a way to reconnect the core muscles and retrain them.
“I have to work even harder. That’s a bit more intense,” she says about her core. “A lot more effort goes into it because your muscles bulge out differently, and you’re trying to reconnect the muscles and retrain them.”
Since losing 50 lbs. in nearly five months, Ciara has since slowed down her workout routine. And even though she would still like to lose a few more pounds, she admits that her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, likes the weight she’s picked up since having Sienna.
“I honestly like some of the hips that have come along with the post-baby weight,” she says. “I’m not trying to lose those. My husband has been showing me love on my hips, too. He likes them!”