Peta Murgatroyd is one fit mama—but as it turns out, even she isn't 100 percent comfortable in her postpartum skin. Is that ridiculous? No. It's realistic.
We're pretty sure we're not the only people who were totally blown away by Peta Murgatroyd on last night's Dancing With the Stars premiere. The dancing new mom looks phenomenal so soon after giving birth, but Peta also impressed us with her energy, her commitment to dance, and her ability to rock the intense challenge of getting back to the competition show less than three months after giving birth.
But Peta admitted that she isn't quite where she wants to be—yet.
“I still feel like I’m carrying a little bit of weight and it’s coming off really slowly,” Peta told PEOPLE. “I feel like my body is getting stronger. It’s getting more flexible. I’m faster every day. I think it’s going to take another month or so probably to just fully be back into Peta mode.”
Admittedly, she's being a little harsh on herself—most new mamas would kill to look as great as she does. But here's the thing: A woman's relationship with her postpartum body is an intensely personal thing. Peta may look like she's bounced back 100 percent, but we get it. Maybe she can feel a tiny bit of weight that wasn't there before she got pregnant, maybe her strength isn't quite what it used to be yet, maybe she's battling a significant decrease in stamina. Whatever the case may be, we get that the new mom doesn't quite feel like she's in "Peta mode."
When people talk about "bouncing back" after baby, more often than not it seems like they're addressing the number on the scale, but dropping baby weight isn't the only aspect of snapping back to pre-baby form—there's also a loss of strength and change in body shape that needs to be addressed. And as a professional dancer, Peta might get thrown for a loop when she can't move the same way, fit into her usual costumes or keep up her pre-baby regimen.
The bottom line? Even moms who look perfect to the outside world struggle to find comfort in their own bodies postpartum. While everyone's experience is different, that's one thing that's pretty universal.