Kenya Moore has addressed the ruckus over her post-pregnancy snapback photo during a stop on “The Dr. Oz Show” Tuesday.
The star — who on the show wore a dress by Maison Alaïa, of which a similar look can be bought from Amazon — won praise and criticism alike from commenters when she posted a photo of her snapback a mere three weeks after giving birth to baby Brooklyn Doris Daly in November.
“#3weekspostpartum #47yearoldsnapback #Csection #teamnosleep The SnapBack is real! 🙈👀😝😊LOL I still can’t work out yet but I feel much better. I was cut twice during my 3 hr Csection but I made it! I’ve always been healthy and worked out my entire life…whatever my body will do I’m not rushing it. It feels good to start to feel myself again. #brooklyndaly is worth every battle scar! #myangel #miraclebaby #motherhood #love #family,” Moore wrote on Instagram accompanied by a belly-bearing photo.
Fans initially applauded Moore’s look, but later they accused her of getting a tummy tuck to lose the weight fast. The new mom was forced to hit back, saying, in part, “it’s better to ask what did you do so I can do it too rather than to accuse someone of surgery 3 weeks after birth SMDH.”
By the time she visited with Dr. Oz on Jan. 14, Moore said most of the 75 pounds she gained was water weight from preeclampsia.
“I had a c-section, so I couldn’t really stand up, I obviously couldn’t work out or do anything like that,” she explained, noting she dropped 40 pounds in one week after giving birth. “I was a workout person before. I took care of my body and I … just snapped back after, like, two weeks.”
Moore said she was actually worried that she wouldn’t bounce back into shape because of her age.
“I thought, ‘Wow, my tummy is flat again!’ Well, nearly flat. And I didn’t think that would happen. I’m 47 years old so I was worried, too. OK, the young girls get the snapback, but what about me? You take care of your body, you eat well. … I eat a lot of fruit, I drink a lot of water, a lot of water, vegetables. I’m really a pescatarian so I eat a lot of fish, sushi, things like that.”