For far too long, celebrities who had children have pretended for the cameras that getting back into shape was quick and easy. That gestating, birthing, and feeding a baby somehow didn’t change their bodies in the same, permanent ways as the rest of us.

Now, though, with social media, and more and more women willing to celebrate the changes the years and experiences mark on our bodies, celeb moms are seizing the opportunity to just let their postpartum body heal while they appreciate it for what its given them.

11. That dark line down the belly does go away.

You and Cardi B might find you miss it one day.

10. When the VMAs take a backseat to just getting through the days.

Katy Perry looking very real and I love it!

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9. Amy Schumer says mom comfort is key.

And honestly those underwear aren’t that bad.

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5 weeks. Hospital underwear for life!

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8. Just in case you thought you could put those maternity clothes away.

Tia Mowry keeping it real about the post-baby bump.

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7 weeks #postpartum. Some #pregnant women after giving birth no longer have a belly after 7 weeks. While others it may take a little longer. Me, I’m the latter. I remember after giving birth to Cree, my belly didn’t all of a sudden go flat. I did have a C-Section, (as well as with my second pregnancy) and I thought something was wrong with me. I had seen in magazines the many women on the beach a few weeks #postpartum in a two piece. To be honest, it had to take time for me to embrace my new body. With this second pregnancy, I now have embraced that fact that I’ve housed a human being. A miracle. A life. If it takes a while for me to get back to my normal self, than so be it. This.Is.Me. And I love me. ❤️ #momlife #motherhood #7weeks

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7. Your body can do wonderful things!

You get a reminder of that every day.

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It’s been 9 months since I’ve had Aydin. It’s also been 9 months since anyone, including my husband has seen my stomach after giving birth but here I am posting it for the world to see. Some might scroll by and think “ugh that’s so disgusting why would she post that” and that’s okay. But a lot of you will see it and feel a sense of relief. I constantly see perfect women on my timeline and some days it really makes me feel down. “Why did she not get any stretch marks after having her baby?” “How does she look so perfect and I look like this?” These are some of the thoughts that go through my mind. I would post photos that hid my flaws & made me look amazing, thinking it would make me feel better. I would get comments saying things like “It’s not fair you look so good after having a baby” etc… and it would actually make me feel terrible because I felt like I was making others feel bad about themselves when I myself felt the same way they did! I want to show you the imperfect side of Instagram so you know you’re not alone. It’s time to stop comparing. The day I found out I was pregnant I started using oils and creams religiously thinking it was going to save me from any marks on my belly. I checked every day to see if any had shown up. It was around 8 months pregnant I started to see some marks and by the end of my pregnancy I had TONS of marks & discoloration. I went from 98 pounds to a total of 150 pounds. I cried a lot but I cried even more once I looked at myself in the mirror after I gave birth. I don’t think I looked in the mirror again for weeks. So now 9 months later I’ve decided it’s enough of feeling bad about how I look. God gave me a beautiful child so why has it made me feel as bad as it does? It’s so unimportant. My child is happy healthy and I couldn’t ask for more. But social media has brainwashed so many of us into thinking our outside appearance is more important than it actually is. Ive decided to share this even though it makes me 100% vulnerable to all of you and your judgements. I’m here to show you that we aren’t perfect. We all have flaws, and here is one of mine. I want you to feel better about yours and not be ashamed. Whether it’s t

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6. Stretch marks are a thing so many women deal with.

Even Ashley Graham. No shame.

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same me. few new stories.

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5. Our bodies are ours.

That makes them great.

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Every mom bod is different— some are thin and some are round, some are wrinkly and some are hairy, some are light and some are brown. No one’s body is “🤢”. If you think otherwise, kindly fuck off or unfollow 🙃

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4. Nothing wrong with that!

Chrissy Teigen is a queen.

3. Even professional dancers out there preaching the truth.

It took time to grow that baby, it will take time to shrink your belly.

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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

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2. How cute is Catherine Giudici (of Bachelor fame)?

Before, after, in between!

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She escaped! #1weekpost

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1. It’s all about how you feel.

Stay off the scale.

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Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies! #feelingmyself #strongismygoal #bodygoals @msjeanettejenkins #happysaturday #getitin #GIJaneismyWCW

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If you can get your mind to this place, ladies, I promise those harried, crazy, too-fast first months will be just a little less stressful.

Share with me your favorite postpartum moment – I know it’s there among all of the rest!