Unlike some new moms, Mariah Carey is more than happy to show off her post-baby body. The songstress, who gave birth to twins nearly one year ago, flaunts her abs on the May issue of shape and reveals some of the weight-loss secrets that helped her shed 30 pounds in just six months.
While pregnant with Moroccan and Monroe, “I put on around 70 pounds,” Carey, 42, tells the magazine. “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. Luckily, all the swelling went away fairly quickly after the babies were born. Then I had about 30 more pounds to drop. I have such empathy for people who need to lose a lot of weight, because I know what they’re going through. I remember thinking at the time, ‘I’ll never look or feel the same again.’”