Like Lively, it took Katherine Heigl – who gave birth to son Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. in December 2016 — 14 months to get her body back to its pre-baby condition. With a new starring role on Suits lined up, the 39-year-old actress took to Instagram to tout her fitness journey.
The mother of three — she and her husband, singer Josh Kelley, are also parents to adopted daughters Naleigh and Adalaide — posted three midriff-baring images to demonstrate her progress. The first was taken a month after Joshua’s birth, the second is about a year later, and the third is her now.
It’s been almost 14 months since Joshua Jr was born and it has taken me about that long to really get back in shape. The first pic was taken one month after he was born. The second pic was taken almost a full year later and the last pic was taken this weekend. I wish I had a few from in between the first and second so you could really see how slow my progress was but alas…I was busy covering it all up those months, not posing in my unders! Anyway, I have a beach vacation coming up, a new job I start filming in April and my deep desire to feel fit, strong and sexy propelling me forward the last two months to finally loose the last of my baby weight and do a deep dive search for the ab muscles I knew were buried under that belly somewhere! I was wholly and totally inspired by Miss @rachparcell and the before and after pics she shared after taking the #bbg challenge. I had never heard of it but she looked so damn great (she had her baby just a few months before me) that I had to check it out. I found a fantastic app called #sweat that features several different #bbg programs you can choose from and makes it incredibly easy to do anywhere, which for me means in my bedroom at home! I won’t lie, the workouts are real ass kickers but the progress I’ve made in only 5 short weeks has kept me motivated and inspired to keep going! I am so grateful I’ve had a full year to find those ab muscles and get my butt back up where it belongs and wasn’t forced by work to snap back into shape but it is time to make the strength, fitness and overall health of my body a priority and I am so grateful that @rachparcell shared her story and got this mama motivated!
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“I have a beach vacation coming up, a new job I start filming in April, and my deep desire to feel fit, strong, and sexy propelling me forward the last two months to finally lose the last of my baby weight and do a deep-dive search for the ab muscles I knew were buried under that belly somewhere!” the former Grey’s Anatomy star wrote.
Heigl credited Kayla Itsines’ BBG (Bikini Body Guide) and Sweat app for pushing her through the final stretch and helping her achieve muscle definition. She added that Pink Peonies blogger Rach Parnell motivated her by sharing her own post-baby workout progress.
The actress emphasized the importance of having time to get fit, a sentiment shared in Lively’s post-baby post. Both women make it clear that the pressure to shed baby weight right away just isn’t realistic, even when you have trainers at your disposal.
“I am so grateful I’ve had a full year to find those ab muscles and get my butt back up where it belongs and wasn’t forced by work to snap back into shape,” she said.
It’s not the first time Heigl has spoken out about her effort to rebound after childbirth. In August 2017 she revealed that her attempt to lose the 50 pounds she gained during her pregnancy had stalled.
“We’ve all heard about the gals who tone up and get right back into their skinny jeans weeks after their baby’s birth, but this was not me — nor was I trying for it to be,” she told InStyle.
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