While some celebrity moms like to show off how quickly they “bounced back” after pregnancy, Blake Lively is very real about how easy it is to pack on the pounds … and how hard it is to get them back off.

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According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), women of normal weight should only gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy, and those who are underweight might go as high as 40 extra pounds while pregnant. But real life doesn’t always follow recommendations.

A study from the Centers for Disease Control found that 47 percent of women gain more than the recommended amount. And actress Blake Lively freely admits she belongs in that group.

As Kidspot reports, in an Instagram post, Lively (who is married to actor Ryan Reynolds) said she gained 61 pounds while pregnant with her daughter Ines.

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And though she was happy to show off her body now that she’s lost the baby weight, Lively didn’t claim a quick “bounce back.” She wrote that it took more than a year (and a lot of hard work) to get it off again:

Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through Instagram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models. […] 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud.

And her fans shared her enthusiasm, complimenting her on Instagram for her achievement. One wrote:

Awesome job! And thank you for being realistic about it! Takes time to gain it and takes time to lose it!

Quite a few were inspired by the thought that it is possible to lose 60 or more pounds of baby weight. As one user commented:

Such an inspiration and positive role model. This has definitely given me hope after baby no2 is born.

Lively is frank about how hard it can be not to compare yourself to other moms. She told E! News that even her friend, actress Emily Blunt, unintentionally brought out the self-judging tendencies:

“She was this size two months after birth and I think that’s what’s so hard because you compare yourself to other moms.”

Lively added that she’s proud of her accomplishment in losing the weight, but understands not every mom will want to go through the same ordeal to get there:

“[I]t’s also OK if you don’t. If that’s not a priority or a goal of yours, then that’s fine, too.”

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