There’s a lot of pressure on women to lose “the baby weight” ASAP — as if “baby weight” didn’t have a purpose, like growing a child and aiding breast milk production. But actress Katherine Heigl proves there's no need to rush things.
In a new Instagram post, Katherine shows three photos of her body after having son Joshua Jr. The first pic is from one month after he was born, the second almost a year later, and the third was taken this past weekend (14 months postpartum), she says. In the pics, you can see that she had a full belly a month post-partum (as to be expected) and then looked visibly slimmer a year later. Now, you can see she's added some serious muscle definition.
“It’s been almost 14 months since Joshua Jr. was born and it has taken me about that long to really get back in shape,” she writes, adding that she wishes she took more photos to see the transformation but she was “busy covering it all up.”
“Anyway, I have a beach vacation coming up, a new job I start filming in April and my deep desire to feel fit, strong and sexy propelling me forward the last two months to finally loose the last of my baby weight and do a deep dive search for the ab muscles I knew were buried under that belly somewhere!” she explains.
She says she used the super popular BBG Sweat app from Kayla Itsines to do workouts in her bedroom. “…The progress I’ve made in only 5 short weeks has kept me motivated and inspired to keep going! I am so grateful I’ve had a full year to find those ab muscles and get my butt back up where it belongs and wasn’t forced by work to snap back into shape but it is time to make the strength, fitness and overall health of my body a priority...”
Props to Katherine for taking the time she needed post-baby. Looking good, mama.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.