Ali Fedotowsky-Manno was cast as “The Bachelorette” for the sixth season of the ABC show in 2010.

Although she didn’t find love, Ali eventually did find the man of her dreams in television host Kevin Manno. The pair got married in 2017 and they are now the proud parents of a two-year-old little girl and a newborn baby boy.

Ali and Kevin welcomed their son into the world on May 24.

Ali wrote on Instagram that Riley was 21 and a half inches long and weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces at birth. She said:

We are so grateful and bursting with love!

A month and a half after welcoming the fourth member of their family, Ali decided it was time to get real with her followers on social media.

According to her blog, Ali Luvs, the mom said she began noticing the comments on her Instagram praising her for how quickly she had been able to “bounce back” after having her second child.

But as Ali pointed out, that’s not really the case. She wrote:

I’m feeling pretty vulnerable right now since I’m sharing these photos and opening up about my postpartum body. But I thought it was important to do. I’ve gotten so many comments from people on my recent Instagram photos saying that they can’t believe how much I bounced back to my pre-pregnancy body. Or someone will say something like “I wish I looked that good after having a baby!”

And while I appreciate the positive comments, you guys are always so good to me, I keep trying to explain that I’m just good at picking out clothes that flatter my body and hide my tummy. And I’ve tried to assure many of you that I haven’t completely bounced back and that my body has changed – a lot! But as much as I say that, I feel like it’s hard to believe unless I show you guys. I want you all to see me as I really am, and to know that I’m not perfect and I struggle with my postpartum body just like many other women out there do.

Ali said she is still 15 pounds heavier than she was before getting pregnant with Riley; the skin on her stomach is still so loose that she is able to grab a fist full of it with her hands.

 

This might be my most vulnerable post on Instagram ever. I’ve gone back-and-forth 1 million times in my head on whether not I wanted to post it. But at the end of the day, I know it’s important to be open and honest about my postpartum body in hopes that it helps even one person out there who is struggling with their own body image. If you swipe to see the second photo in this post, you see that my body has changed. My skin around my stomach is very loose and stretched out, I’m 15lbs heavier than I used to be, and my cup size has grown quite significantly. @Lillyandlimeswimwear (a swimsuit line that celebrates the curves of D Cup and up women, founded by two “busty moms” ) has helped give me the confidence to get into a swimsuit and share my new body with all of you – a body that’s beautiful, strong, and loved. Head on over to my blog today as I share more photos and open up about how I’ve struggled with, but am learning to love my postpartum body. Hope to connect with all of you over on ALILUVS.com #linkinbio #AliLuvs #BodyImage #SelfLove #LoveYourself #postpartum #Postpartumbody #MomOfTwo #MotherOfTwo #LillyAndLime #Sponsored #Dcupandup

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Ali wrote:

Sometimes I wonder if it will ever go back to normal. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Either way, I’m learning to be kinder to myself every day.

And I think I’m insecure about my chest right now because it’s just gotten so much bigger. A lot of the clothes that I used to wear don’t look right on me anymore or tops that I used to wear that were conservative all of a sudden look risqué when I wear them because my cleavage is showing (which isn’t something I like to show). So I’ve definitely had to make some adjustments to my wardrobe as well.

Ali said she finally decided to let go of her insecurities and talk about the truth of her postpartum body because she wants her followers to “know that [she’s] human too”:

Look, everybody is different. I bounced back pretty quickly after I gave birth to Molly. But things are different this time and I’m OK with that. I’m learning to love my body and embrace how it’s changed. I hope I get back to my pre-pregnancy shape one day, but that may never happen. And if it doesn’t, that’s OK.

Many have since reached out to Ali thanking her for being so real:

YOU ARE AWESOME MAMA. We need more of this! Thank you for sharing. No one is the same after baby(s) but it’s such a wonderful thing and we need to celebrate that!

You’re frickin awesome Ali! I love that you show your vulnerability, your body is beautiful and it’s the result of your beautiful children. You’re inspiring.

Thank you thank you thank you. This is the exact message we try to encourage Mums to share!!! This is the real postpartum journey which so many mums can relate to as most feel the same way.

So gorgeous! This is real life and your bravery and honesty is inspiring.

Ali thank You so much for sharing the photos. This is how women look like in real life after having a baby. My younger son is 10 months old so I completely get it. I respect my postpartum body and learn to love it every day. When I look at my babies a few stretch marks and pounds more really don’t matter. Chapeau bas!

The mom of two told other women who have gone through a pregnancy to share their own postpartum stories. Ali said, “We all have different stories and different insecurities and I want this to be a safe place where we can share those stories.”

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