Peta Murgatroyd From DWTS Gets Real With Her Post-Baby Body On Instagram

The new mom posted an unflinching picture of her body eight days after giving birth to her son Shai.

Celebrities are always having babies parallel to us regular folk, so it's only natural for any pregnant woman to track her progress alongside her favourite expectant celebrity. When I was pregnant with my now teenage daughter, it was at the same time as model celebrity Cindy Crawford. After giving birth, she immediately released a workout video, which of course I purchased, always trying to keep up. 

Now my teenage daughter is a competitive dancer and a huge fan of some of TV's professional dancers, like Peta Murgatroyd from Dancing with the Stars. Peta and fiancé, fellow professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, had their first baby together recently and Peta posted a surprising photo on Instagram, 8 days postpartum. 

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

Peta is a professional dancer in phenomenal shape, yet chose to keep it real for her 686K Instagram followers. While the trend with celebrity mamas seems to be promoting that they are back to their post-baby bodies in record time, Peta showed the reality of what's true for most of us; i.e. bigger boobs and a large tummy, as our uterus does its job, shrinking on its own schedule.

Peta and Maks have decided to keep their new son Shai Alexander's identity a secret for now, but Peta chose to be really real about her physical journey as a new mama. And regardless of her "5-months pregnant" belly, she looks pretty damn good in her cute bra and top-knot. She deserves another mirror ball for keeping it real in this age of social media where perfection and perfectly curated photos are the norm. 

Besides, the 85,000+ fans who liked her photo must feel the same way. 

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