Peta Murgatroyd has become a household name on Dancing With the Stars, but now she is gaining respect for getting real.
Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most. The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it's time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey. ???? #yesihaveascrunchieinmyhair #shaiiswortheverypound
"Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most,” she wrote.
Reaction to the post has been positive online.
"OMG a real woman,” one person wrote.
“You are a superhero,” wrote another.
One mom, Alexandra Kilmurray of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says it took her 18 months to look at her stretch mark without crying.
“I was in great shape. I had no idea this was going to happen. It was really hard,” she told Inside Edition.
She posted a photo of her body and the reaction surprised her.
Well, I know a lot of you guys are probably thinking 'why would she post this picture', but, it took me 18 months to get here, 18 months to not cry when I look in the mirror, 18 months to finally feel beautiful in my own skin again! No one warns you about the dark sides of motherhood and pregnancy.. no one gives you a heads up on how much you change physically and mentally after you become a mother. It's been a long and hard postpartum ride for me.. 18 months after my first son and 5 months after my second son I feel like I can finally see the light ✨ and it genuinely feels amazing? cheers to you mamas who are battling postpartum depression and still getting up everyday for your children! Cheers to you mamas who still cry about the marks on your skin from birthing your perfect babies! Cheer to motherhood, cheers to knowing that this too shall pass! And things will get better? #motherhood #breastmilk #breastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #mommyandme #tigerstripes #postpartum #postpartumdepression #babies #mombod #proud #inlove
“I posted it and it got 3,000 likes and was shared more than 10,000 times,” she said. “The reason I did it is so moms don't feel all alone.”