The dancing mama will head back to the show that made her famous less than three months after welcoming her first baby. Here's what motivated her to get back to it so quickly.
The first two pros who will compete on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars have been revealed...and let's just say most fans of the competition will be a bit surprised when they hear who is back for the show's next round.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd will both be back to compete—despite the fact that they welcomed their first baby, Shai, on January 4. Rehearsals will start ahead of the show's March 20 premiere date, which means Peta will be dancing day in and day out at about nine weeks postpartum. Seriously, Peta...are you superhuman?
While most women are advised to wait a bit before jumping back into their workout routines, we say that as long as Peta got the green light from her doctor, what she's doing is pretty badass. Let's not forget that this mama won the show's 22nd season with partner Nyle DiMarco—while she was in her first trimester of pregnancy, no less!
She's not the first pro to compete on the show soon after having a baby: Fit Pregnancy cover girl Allison Holker got back to it soon after giving birth to her second baby, too—and women like Terra Jolé, Ginger Zee and Jana Kramer have competed soon after childbirth too.
“I’m definitely a little bit nervous but I’m very excited to get back. I definitely missed the dance floor [and] I haven’t been able to defend my title with Nyle," Peta said during an appearance on Good Morning America. “I just want to be healthy. It’s going to take a little bit longer to get back up to the fitness that I was doing and had before...I think it’s going to be OK, and I’m going to take it slowly. I have an awesome partner to go through this with.”
Maksim seems pretty taken by his baby mama's desire to get back into the swing of it, too. "Most people start using the stairs instead of the elevator at nine weeks postpartum—this one is going to be dancing full-out,” he boasted to Us Weekly.