Dancing With The Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd is the latest woman to share a photo of her post-baby body just days after birth.
She welcomed her first child, Shai Alexander, with fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy on January 4 in NYC, and she took to Instagram recently to share this pic.
She captioned it, "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"
She joins Aussie mum Lacey Barratt, who has shared the raw honesty of her own body after birth.
The fact that this images has been shared and liked and celebrated across social media is very good news because it shows the the tide is turning away from pressure to be back to pre-baby body. It's an enormously important step helping mummies embrace their new body, the changes and the challenges. Parenthood is about earning the scars, working with the new and not looking back (well maybe, but in a happy-to-be-me misty-eyed kind of a way).
Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen have also talked honestly about the unrealistic 'post-baby' bodies you see in the spotlight.
Speaking to Today, Chrissy said that celebs only have those bodies because of their lifestyle and the enormous amount of help they get.
“Anyone in the public eye, we have all the help we could ever need to be able to shed everything,” she says. “We have nutritionists, we have dieticians, we have trainers, we have our own schedules, we have nannies. We have people who make it possible for us to get back into shape.”