Christina Aguilera is readying her return to music in fighting form.
Aguilera remains mum on the album front, but she does details feeling empowered as a woman and a mother. "Mothers are constantly expected to be the nurturers, the givers, the providers of a comfortable home," she says in the new issue of Women's Health. "We're expected to be pregnant, have the kids, breastfeed once we have the babies. And we're expected to look amazing after baby, right?" Aguilera tells the magazine. "Keep our husbands and boyfriends interested—because we're supposed to get back to sexy and keep things exciting in the bedroom. There's such a long list."
To deal with the long list, Aguilera allows herself some me time. "Having children is the ultimate joy, and I love my kids, but women have to find time to nurture themselves," the pop star says. "If someone has a baby, the first thing I'm like is, 'OK, are you taking care of you?'"
She's here to spread the good word. "I would say to any woman: 'Don't be too hard on yourself!' If you're not feeling confident on a certain day, you have to let that go, and own, 'Yeah, I'm not feeling confident today,' and you move on and try to enjoy the best you can. "I'm not into deprivation; I'm not into suffering into getting a great body or the body that you want," the singer, 35, says. "I'm into enjoying life, being conscious and aware, but also breathing into yourself and owning what you got."