Not every season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” ends in a lasting match, but Desiree Hartsock found true love with her now-husband Chris Siegfried when she led the show in 2013.

The couple now has two children together, 2-year-old Asher and newborn Zander Cruz.

The reality star just welcomed their second baby boy on January 12 and announced the joyous news on her Instagram account.

Hartsock wrote:

We welcomed into the world our baby boy, Zander Cruz Siegfried, yesterday morning 1/12 at 8:30 am. He is every bit as sweet and snuggly as he looks. 🙂 Can’t wait to share more but for now baby and I are getting much needed rest as we spend time with family and are both doing great!

And now, the mother of two is getting real about postpartum bodies.

Just four days after giving birth to Zander Cruz, the 32-year-old shared a photo of her baby belly in order to send an important message.

Hartsock wrote, in part:

I’m not typically one to document or especially share body image pics but the more and more postpartum pics I see from you all- the more empowering I feel the message can be to new moms- or anyone for that matter!. So here I am 4 days postpartum looking like I’m still pregnant but feeling like a supermodel/ warrior. Haha.

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I’m not typically one to document or especially share body image pics but the more and more postpartum pics I see from you all- the more empowering I feel the message can be to new moms- or anyone for that matter!. So here I am 4 days postpartum looking like I’m still pregnant but feeling like a supermodel/ warrior. Haha. . It is an absolute miracle what our bodies can do to carry and deliver a baby and I’m always so fascinated by the sheer wisdom and nature of it all. The fourth trimester is no joke and it needs to be recognized that a woman’s pregnancy journey doesn’t end when the baby arrives- there’s so much healing and recovery that needs to take place physically and mentally when lack of sleep and roller coaster hormones are at work. Not to mention the post cramping the uterus does to contract back. 😳 it’s like labor all over again. . As a society we need to embrace the beauty of the body during this time and not expect a new mom to just ‘bounce’ back like her body didn’t just go through battle. It’s feeling beautiful and courageous in our own skin no matter the stretch marks, extra weight and whatever else is going on. Grace upon grace upon grace .. for ourselves and each other. . Long story short. You’re awesome, your body rocks and you’re beautiful!! 😘😘😘 #postpartum #pregnancy #selflove

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The mom continued on to point out that the recovery and healing time postpartum is often an overlooked aspect of pregnancy.

She said that cramping the “uterus does to contract back” can feel like “labor all over again.” Hartsock added:

As a society we need to embrace the beauty of the body during this time and not expect a new mom to just ‘bounce’ back like her body didn’t just go through battle. It’s feeling beautiful and courageous in our own skin no matter the stretch marks, extra weight and whatever else is going on. Grace upon grace upon grace .. for ourselves and each other.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, most women will naturally lose weight in the weeks following birth but will retain an extra ten to 15 pounds.

Activities like breastfeeding and core strengthening can help the appearance of your post-baby belly, but it’s important not to compare yourself to celebrities who seemed to “bounce back” right away.

As Hartsock concluded, “Long story short. You’re awesome, your body rocks and you’re beautiful!!”

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2 Replies to “‘Bachelorette’ Star Says She Still Looks Pregnant Four Days After Giving Birth — And She’s Fine With It”

  • Anonymous 7 months ago

    So true we need to life each other up not bring us down

  • Anonymous 7 months ago

    Thank you for this! Back in the 80’s, no one told me what my body would be like, after the birth. I was so distressed that I had to wear my maternity pants home from the hospital. I thought something was wrong with me!!

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