Sexy mama Mariah Carey, 42, flaunts her toned tummy on the cover of Shape‘s May issue, on newsstands April 23. The mom of 11-month-old twins Moroccan and Monroe opens up about her pregnancy, husband Nick Cannon, and her 70-pound post-babies weight loss.
On her pregnancy: “Pregnancy was probably the best and the hardest thing I’ll ever go through. I know for a lot of women, it can be wonderful and relatively easy. But for me, it was like ‘Okay, honey, do you have to do everything the hard way?’ ” She went on to talk about her pregnancy weight gain. “Everyone said I was fat, so I did something about it. I put on around 70 lbs., but if you look at photos of me when I was pregnant, you’d say, ‘Wow, she gained 9,000 pounds!’ A lot of it was water weight because I pretty much had head-to-toe edema, which is very painful.”
On losing weight with Jenny Craig’s eating plan: “I used to be able to slim down just by exercising more, but that’s changed. Since having the babies, I realize that 90 percent of losing weight is my diet.”
On her exercise regime: “Today my workout routine is more about getting and staying toned. And for me, that means either taking hour-long walks a few times a week or jumping in the pool three or four days a week to do 45 minutes of aquatic exercises.”
On Nick’s recent health scares: “It was really frightening, but he’s feeling much stronger and is definitely on the right track,” she shares. “He’s taking better care of himself, eating a diet low in sodium and sugar, and getting more sleep.”