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These days, it seems like every new celebrity mom has to brag about "bouncing back" by Instagramming a picture of their perfectly flat abdomen as soon as possible after giving birth. But Peta Murgatroyd, a professional dancer made famous on Dancing With The Stars, is subverting that trend by sharing an honest picture of her post-baby belly, along with a message of encouragement for any other mother who finds that her body has been changed by the process of giving life to a human being.

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Murgatroyd's caption reads:

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

Best wishes to this inspiring mom and her growing family.

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