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Peta Murgatroyd's Post-Baby Workout Message: 'Love Thy Self'

Peta Murgatroyd's Post-Baby Workout Message: 'Love Thy Self'
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Peta Murgatroyd is fighting back against perceptions of how a new mom's body should look, posting an unretouched selfie taken 17 days after giving birth to her son Shai Aleksander with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

"I definitely don't have my 6 pack," she wrote on Instagram, "and I still have excess skin and rolls on my belly, however I feel good."

The pro dancer has written before on social media, "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."

Love thy self ❤ #Day17 postpartum. I think I'm doing ok....and I'm actually fine with the rate at which my body is shrinking back. After 2 days back at the gym I'm feeling like the old Peta again. I definitely don't have my 6 pack, and I still have excess skin and rolls on my belly, however I feel good. After all, slow and steady wins the race! I knew I needed to get back into the gym for my own sanity, but I also remind myself (as does Maks 😉) that I still need to take it easy. I cannot jump yet and still can't run a mile, but the exercises I've planned out are a good start. Honestly, the hardest part for me is getting my core strength back. Day 1 I couldn't do a sit up, here's day 17 and I'm doing 70+ 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 Ladies, we all have to start somewhere...being an athlete I pride myself on having a lean, strong physique, so believe me this has been a challenge to work through, but as long as you have a loving support network around you, you will be fine ❤ #theresnothinglikehardwork

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Following up on that, she wrote on her latest "after" pictures, "Ladies, we all have to start somewhere...being an athlete I pride myself on having a lean, strong physique, so believe me this has been a challenge to work through, but as long as you have a loving support network around you, you will be fine ❤".

Looks like she is well on her way to regaining the body she wants!

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