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Celebrity moms show what life postpartum is really like from Beyonce to Hilary Duff

Social media might have you believing that snapping back post-childbirth is easy, but these celebrity moms share their postpartum reality.

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Rasha Ali, USA TODAY Published 2:08 p.m. ET Feb. 21, 2019
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Ah yes, the miracle of life.

Although having a baby is an incredible experience, it's also very taxing on a woman's body and mind.

From postpartum depression to stretch marks to pumping breast milk every few hours, there's so much more to post-childbirth than just having a shiny new baby to play with and snuggle.

And in the age of social media, where everyone looks perfect all the time and we see celebrities flaunting their snap-back game, there are a handful of stars out there showing us the reality of life after childbirth.

"Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude." -Ralph Walso Emerson

Here are some celeb moms who are normalizing the reality of postpartum.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen isn't one to shy away from – well, anything really. The supermodel is an open book.

She opened up about suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth in 2016 to Luna, her first child with husband John Legend.

Two months after giving birth to her second child, Miles, Teigen tweeted a topless photo of her standing next to Legend and uploaded a video of her stomach in a bikini. She captioned the latter: "mom bod alert!"

She added that though she was comfortable enough posting the photos, it doesn't mean she's quite confident in her body and still feels some insecurity.

"Instagram is crazy. I think it’s awesome people have killer bodies and are proud to show them off (I really do!!) but I know how hard it can be to forget what (for lack of a better word) regular ol’ bodies look like when everyone looks bonkers amazing," the 33-year-old tweeted .

More: Chrissy Teigen says Luna and Miles helped her be 'very happy' with her body

Rachel McAdams

A million reasons why I wanted to post this picture. Obviously #rachelmcadams looks incredible and was quite literally the dream to work with but also this shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding. We had a mutual appreciation disagreement about whose idea it was to take this picture but I’m still sure it was hers which makes me love her even more. Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of. I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great. Besides she’s wearing Versace and @bulgariofficial diamonds and is just fucking major. Big shout out to all the girls 💪🏽 #rachelmcadams for @girls.girls.girls.magazine .com cover shoot 📸 @clairerothstein #pleaseshare . . . Side note: I did not look anywhere near as fabulous as this when feeding/pumping. And that’s ok too. . . . Stylist: @alicialombardini 👠 #girlsgirlsgirlsmag #girlsgirlsgirls #bringingbackthewoman #nogrungejustglamour #independentmagazine #printisnotdead #normalisebreastfeeding #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeeding #life #women #versace #bulgari

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Breast pumping, but make it fashion.

New breastfeeding moms know that it doesn't matter where you are, sometimes you just have to pump. In Rachel McAdams' case, she was in a middle of a photoshoot for Girls, Girls, Girls Magazine six months after giving birth to her first child.

"I have clothes on, and that’s a good thing. I don’t even know what I’m wearing today. The shoes are held together with glue. Isn’t that sad? I need to get a life," McAdams told the magazine.

Hilary Duff

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Am I doing this right? 😛

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Hilary Duff took a page out of McAdams' book and went for the fierce-breast-pumping look, as well.

Duff said she was in the middle of getting her hair dyed at a salon and needed to pump, so she decided to have fun with it and recreated the actress' photo shoot.

Bekah Martinez

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On the morning of February 2nd, our little girl joined us earth-side and we will never be the same. We are all as healthy and happy as can be. . photos by @lguilford

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Not only did the "Bachelor" alumna share photos from her water birth, shortly after she posted a picture of her post-baby body on Instagram stories.

Encourage daddy time. The greatest untapped resource available for improving the lives of our children is time with Dad - early and often. Kids with engaged fathers do better in school, problem-solve more successfully, and generally cope better with whatever life throws at them.

Four days after giving birth to her daughter, the then-23-year-old posted a photo of herself to Instagram stories wearing an adult diaper and lifting up her shirt to expose her postpartum belly.

"So amazing what we can do," Martinez captioned the photo. "I’ve never felt so much respect and love for my body, diaper and all." She hashtagged the photo #ThisIsPostPartum

More: Bekah Martinez embraces postpartum body, says she's 'truly lucky'

Anne Hathaway

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There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all). There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.) Peace xx #noshame #lovewhatyouhavebeengiven

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The snap-back game isn't easy for celebrities either.

Anne Hathaway shared that she was cutting up a pair of jeans so she could have shorts for the summer since her pre-baby shorts no longer fit her properly. The actress opened up about gaining some pregnancy weight and how there shouldn't be any shame associated with it.

"It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise)," the mom of 2-year-old Jonathan shared.

Kate Hudson

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So...here we go! The routine with our baby is getting more familiar and I’m ready to start taking a little time in the day focusing on myself. For me that means my health. Why? Because I wanna be around a long time for these three kiddos of mine. I know that some are curious about what that means and for all you moms (wether working or not working moms) it is the most challenging thing in the world to balance kids and personal time. Let’s be honest, kids take the number one position and it’s haaaaard to make the time for yourself. I’ve been doing a lot of research and I’ve spent my life time trying all kinds of new things that are focused on health and wellness. Because I am on a mission right now to get back to my fighting weight ;) and my strong body/mind back I want to bring you in on some of this journey. If you want to follow a more in-depth of my to-dos, @prettyhappy will be posting all kinds of fun tidbits from exercises we are loving to foods/recipes we ❤️ and meditation practices I just can’t live without 🧘‍♀️ MY GOAL: I will be shooting a film in the spring and I’m looking to shed 25lbs. I’d like to try new workouts and eat as healthy as I can. I wanna do all this and keep up milk production, raise my kids, work everyday, make time for my man, have girlfriend time and stay sane! 🤪 I know that this sounds more like a new year resolution but after Thanksgiving and everyone thanking their health, I feel motivated to keep that up. Much love and hope everyone’s Having an amazing start to the holidays! 💋

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Kate Hudson has shared a series of photos of what life after birth was like.

Almost two months after giving birth to her daughter, Rani Rose, Hudson posted a mirror selfie to social media of her in workout gear baring her stomach. She wrote a long caption about how she was determined to get back in shape all while taking care of her kids and newborn.

"MY GOAL: I will be shooting a film in the spring and I’m looking to shed 25lbs. I’d like to try new workouts and eat as healthy as I can," the mom of three wrote in the caption. "I wanna do all this and keep up milk production, raise my kids, work everyday, make time for my man, have girlfriend time and stay sane!"

Kate Hudson: Mom Goldie Hawn was 'right in there' during delivery of baby Rani Rose

Hilaria Baldwin

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I took this yesterday when Leonardo was about 24 hours old. I did the same thing right after Rafael was born. It always makes me a bit nervous to do something like this, but I feel that in the age of such strong body shaming, I want to do all that I can to normalize a real body and promote healthy self esteem. Many of you know that I love to show the process of life's experiences on the body and I am a firm believer in how a good diet and the right balance of exercise make us happy, healthy, and strong. So from here on, I want to dedicate the majority of my #366daysoflivingclearly #hilarialcm daily posts to getting back in shape and I invite you to do it with me ❤️🙏🏼. Common questions last time were: Did I have a c section?: No, I pushed him out Where are all the pads for bleeding?: I took them out briefly to snap this pic as there is a limit to how much you need to see 😂. Where am I?: in the hospital room bathroom #glamour Oh, and no filter. Just brightened it up a bit.

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Special times. Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet calm time – no TV, iPad or phones - can be a confidence builder for young children. As little as five minutes a day can make a difference.

Just a day after giving birth to her third child, Leonardo, Hilaria Baldwin posted a photo of herself in her underwear to social media showing off her post-baby bump.

"It always makes me a bit nervous to do something like this, but I feel that in the age of such strong body shaming, I want to do all that I can to normalize a real body and promote healthy self esteem," she captioned the photo.

She added that she took off her pads used for postpartum bleeding briefly to pose for this photo. She and husband Alec Baldwin now have four children together.

Beyoncé

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Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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Yes, even the "Flawless" Queen herself isn't always "perfect."

In an interview with Vogue , Beyoncé opened up about what her body went through during pregnancy and childbirth. She said after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, who is now 7, she put a lot of pressure on herself to get her body back but decided to take it slow and embrace the process after the birth of the twins in June 2017.

"I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section," Beyoncé told Vogue. "I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be."

"To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be," she added.

Jennifer Garner

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Today, @lababyshow, I met so many moms and dads— including a mom who was pregnant in the audience when I co-hosted the Mother’s Day episode @theellenshow, and this family of 4 generations! 👆🏼👆🏼 How cool is that?! . Thank you for supporting our little operation and taking time to learn how our cold-pressed, organic baby (and kids’!) food options @onceuponafarm can help make your lives a little easier. ❤️ #feedfresh #findusintherefrigeratedsection #howisthatellenbabysixmonthsold??

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Jennifer Garner has a baby bump, but she's not pregnant. The actress went on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and let everyone know that she's going to forever have a baby bump because she's had three kids.

"I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump," Garner told Ellen. "From now on, ladies, I will have a bump, and it will be my baby bump and let's just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere, I have a bump; its name is Violet, Sam and Sera."

Pink

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Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies! #feelingmyself #strongismygoal #bodygoals @msjeanettejenkins #happysaturday #getitin #GIJaneismyWCW

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Eat at least one meal as a family each day. Sitting down at the table together is a relaxed way for everyone to connect - a time to share happy news, talk about the day, or tell a silly joke. It also helps your kids develop healthy eating habits.

Pink fully embraced the changes her body went through after giving birth to her second child, Jameson Moon.

At the time she wrote that she was weighing in at 160 pounds and was 5 feet 3 inches tall, which would make her "obese."

"I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself," Pink captioned the photo.

Brooklyn Decker

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Our little girl turned 1 today. This is when we brought her home from the hospital. I somehow feel more tired today than I was in this photo. It’s a beautiful, blissed out exhaustion. ❤️

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"Grace and Frankie" star Brooklyn Decker fired back at a social media critic who commented on her new "gangly look and said she was "confused" as to what happened since the actress "looked so good" in 2011's "Just Go With It."

Well, kids happened.

"For the upteenth time — because people love to comment on my body (or lack thereof) my children sucked the life out of my body and left behind the bag of bones," tweeted the former "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit model. "I don't now what else to tell you. I miss my boobs too — I don't even know what to call them now.

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