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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.

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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.

What are you most excited about in the coming months?

It's been such a year of creation for me, in having a baby and then giving birth, in a way, to another creative project, which is this solo album. There's been a lot of creation happening in my life and a lot of creative energy, and I'm looking forward to just enjoying the fruits of my labor, pun intended. I really look forward to seeing Magnus grow and blossom and start to walk and talk. I can't wait to hear what he thinks! And the same for my album: I can't wait to watch it blossom and go out there in the world and see who it touches.

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Reviewed on September 13, 2013

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