Kenya Moore recently visited The Doctor Oz Show to talk about her preeclamspia diagnosis during her pregnancy, her frightening delivery experience (a C-section which lasted three hours and required her to be cut both horizontally and vertically), and how her body has seemingly bounced back since she delivered Brooklyn Doris Daly in November.
On the latter topic, Moore said she some serious fluctuations in her weight when she was pregnant. When she found out she had preeclampsia, she gained 17 pounds in a week. Near the end of her pregnancy, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star said she gained, in total, 75 pounds. So how did she go from this:
Back to this just a few weeks later?
As she shared when she posted the above post-baby image, the 47-year-old Miss USA had always taken care of her body and tried to eat as healthy as possible more often than not. Therefore, the weight didn’t really stick.
“A lot of it, to be honest, because of the preeclampsia, was water weight gain,” she said of the 75 pounds she put on. “So a week after I had given birth, I lost 40 pounds. But I had a C-section so I couldn’t really stand up, I obviously couldn’t work out or do anything like that. But I was a workout person before. I took care of my body. I, what we call just ‘snapped back’ after two weeks. I thought, ‘Wow! My tummy is flat again,’ or nearly flat. I didn’t think that would happen.”
The TV personality said she was initially concerned that being in her late 40s, she would have a hard time getting back to her pre-baby body.
“I’m 47 years old. I was worried too,” she said. “The young girls get to snap back but what about me? [laughs] And so, you take care of your body and you eat well.”
It also helps that she drinks plenty of water and only eats fish.
“I eat a lot of fruit. I drink a lot of water — a lot of water,” she said. “Vegetables. I’m really a pescatarian so I eat a lot of fish, sushi, things like that.”
But even if she hadn’t “snapped back” as quickly as she has (though she says she still has some “extra baby weight” she’s working on that’s on her stomach and waist, which she’s back in the gym to tackle), whatever way her body would have turned out would have been worth it to have her miracle baby, Brooklyn.
“I’m in heaven,” she told Dr. Oz. “She’s so precious and has this little angel face. She’s my whole world.”