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Q&A With Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles

Over the last year this country music star has given birth to a baby and a new solo album.


Do you have any new tour plans yet? Will you bring Magnus with you on tour?

Tour plans are in the works. The plan is that I'm going to go out the beginning of 2014. Right now I'm out on a radio promotional tour, so we are on a bus, and it's the first time we've been on a bus in an extended way as a family. It's a bit of an adjustment, but I have learned that even though I fear the transitions of most everything, babies are very flexible and resilient. I think, you little lucky duck, you have been more places in 8 months than I had until I was a young adult!

How did pregnancy go for you?

I had a very healthy pregnancy and I am so grateful and feel so lucky that I did. I toured up until the end of the sixth month, and I hosted the Country Music Association's Christmas show when I was 36 weeks! I was gigantic. I agreed to do it when I was 4 months pregnant, not knowing what 9 months pregnant felt like, but in hindsight I'm glad I did it. It's special to have that documented -- "See what Mommy looked like?"

Are you thinking of having any more?

Right now, it feels early to even say. We've always said, let's start with one and see how we like it. So while I'm open to it, I feel like it's too early for me to even have the true emotional capacity to say yes or no, I do or don't. We're giving ourselves a pause to really just enjoy him right now and in a couple of years -- or earlier if we start to feel like we're ready -- we're going to take a look.

There's been a lot of buzz in the media about Duchess Kate showing her post-baby bump leaving the hospital, and about Kim Kardashian trying to get back into shape. What do you think of all this pressure on women to "get their bodies back" after pregnancy?

Of course Kate had a bump right after having a baby. Well, duh! I think it's sad that there is so much pressure on women. Clearly, that time is so special and so precious right after you have a baby, and you're so vulnerable. It's very hard when you keep hearing those messages, especially if you're a type A, driven woman, and in the spotlight. For those of us in entertainment, how we look is a part of our job, those are the facts.  But it takes 9 months for you to grow a baby, and you can expect it to take at least that to get back to really where you want it to be.

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