Peta Murgatroyd is over the unrealistic expectations for new moms.
On Monday, the “Dancing with the Stars” pro posted a photo of her postpartum body on Instagram. According to the caption, she took the selfie just eight days after giving birth to baby Shai, her son with fiancé and fellow “DWTS” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
”I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant,” Murgatroyd wrote in the caption. “Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most,” she added.
“The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time,” the dance pro continued.”Now it’s time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey.”
Murgatroyd’s post received over 85,000 likes, and the comments section is filled with words of support and gratitude for her message.
Murgatroyd’s and Chmerkovskiy welcomed Shai Aleksander on Jan. 4. Since then, Shai’s dad has also been posting about parenthood on Instagram.
In one heartwarming post, Chmerkovskiy wrote, “It’s been one week plus one day of my fatherhood and I’m the happiest person that’s ever lived. I’m also feeling very protective and now understand what every parent in history have [sic] been going through for as long as humans have been giving birth.”
The dad said he and his fiancée are waiting to put photos of Shai on social media and simply enjoying their precious first moments with him. Getting real about parenting, he added, “P.S. Farts, poops and throw-ups are the best!”
Sounds about right.
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