“Overall, I’m eating cleaner than ever now, because I had almost a year of learning to eat well during pregnancy,” the Dash Dolls alum, 37, told Kourtney Kardashian‘s Poosh website in a recent post. “I still have my treats here and there because even non-pregnant Malika will always crave the good stuff!”
The Los Angeles native added: “Postpartum can be very challenging; we have to be patient with ourselves, our bodies — as we are the givers of life. We spend nearly 10 months pregnant, and it’s OK to take 10 months to get back to the best you.”
According to Haqq, her “biggest” post-pregnancy battle involves her sweet tooth. “Breaking my pregnancy habit of eating whatever I crave, like high-sugar cereals in the middle of the night, has been my biggest struggle,” she revealed.
In an effort to curb her sugar cravings, the Sky High actress adopted a “new routine” that helps her stay full without any extra calories. “Before I have my coffee or tea, I get a head start on drinking water first thing in the morning,” she explained. “This has helped boost my hydration and digestion, keeping me balanced throughout the day.”
When it comes to working out, Haqq noted that she tries to break a sweat “three to four times per week” and even gets baby Ace in on the fun when she can. “Cardio has definitely been essential to getting stubborn weight off,” she said. “Fresh air is always helpful with putting a baby to sleep and also keeping mommy awake … walk, walk, walk!”
The Side by Side star announced her and ex O.T. Genasis’ son’s birth on March 16, two days after little Ace arrived. The infant’s reveal showed his hand on top of his parents’.
The rapper supported his ex throughout her pregnancy, and Haqq gushed about the Georgia native in February 2020 after he attended the teddy bear-themed baby shower best friend Khloé Kardashian threw for her.
“Relationships don’t always work out the way we would hope but between love & friendship we have created a baby boy that will be here very soon,” Haqq captioned party pics via Instagram at the time. “I’ve been single the last 8 months but I am in no way alone. OT and I have attended every doctors apt and overall loved on our son together while anticipating his arrival. My priority over the past few months has been to nurture and protect my unborn child.”
Since his March arrival, Haqq has shared several of photos of her son on social media. In a June Instagram update she called the infant the “love of [her] life.”