‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Peta Murgatroyd proudly shows her post-baby body: 'Shai is worth every pound'

By Chloe Best

Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd isn't in any rush to lose weight after the birth of her son. The dancer showed off her post-baby body in an Instagram post on Sunday (Jan. 15), along with a message for those expecting her to instantly snap back into shape.

The image, taken eight days after the birth of her baby boy, shows Peta standing in front of a mirror with a prominent bump on display. "Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant," she wrote. "Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most."

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYPeta Murgatroyd proudly showed off her post-baby body on Instagram

The 30-year-old continued to say that her son Shai is "worth every pound" she gained during her pregnancy, and she would be patient when it came to losing the weight.

"The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it's time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey. #yesihaveascrunchieinmyhair #shaiiswortheverypound," she wrote.

Peta welcomed her first child with fellow DWTS performer Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Jan. 4. The couple named their baby boy Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy, and revealed that their newborn son was born at 5.34am.

The dancer welcomed her first child with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on 4 January

A representative confirmed the exciting news to HELLO! Online in a statement from the couple which read: "This is, without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to us!"

The professional dancers gave their fans an insight into how they were preparing to welcome their son, with Maksim sharing a hilarious snap of his fiancée applying makeup from a hospital bed, writing: "But first … a little make up."

He also shared a video in which the couple appear to be on their way to the hospital. Maksim previously opened up about how much he was looking forward to paternity leave. "I come from a dirt broke family," he explained to People."I just started to be able to afford things in 2005 when [DWTS] started. For me to be able to take time off in this way … [to have] what we have to enjoy and be proud of, that's anybody's dream."

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