Katherine Heigl's Revealing Transformation Pic Sparks Debate About the 'Ideal' Post-Baby Body

Katherine Heigl

Any mother who's given birth knows how much the transition from expecting to new mom can be a challenge. And when you throw in postpartum recovery -- and coming to grips with the realities of your post-baby body -- forget about it. Katherine Heigl recently bared her post-baby body to the world, opening up about her journey to lose weight since giving birth, with a transformation collage that's turning heads ... and not for the best of reasons. Some people consider the celeb mom's post to be motivational, while others feel she just wants attention and is sending the wrong attention to moms.

  • Katherine's side-by-side (by side) pics of her postpartum weight loss on Instagram is turning heads.

    Katherine and her husband Josh Kelly welcomed their son Joshua back in December. The couple are also proud parents to daughters Naleigh, 9, and Adalaide, 5.

    More from CafeMom: Katherine Heigl Shares Never-Before-Seen Photos of Her Son's Birth & Her Difficult C-Section Story

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  • "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," Heigl writes in her honest post.

    She continues in her Instagram post:

    "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 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!

    .... 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 ..."

  • Many are applauding Katherine's efforts.

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  • And love how transparent the celeb mom is for being so forthcoming about the struggles to get back in shape.

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  • Others, however, are questioning why Katherine didn't feel sexy in her first photo (on the left).

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  • And feel the actress should accept (and love) herself *regardless* of what size she is -- and how she looks in a bathing suit.

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  • Some are unfollowing Katherine because of her post-baby body share.

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  • And think she's hiding "thin pressures into healthy statements" and just wants "extra attention."

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  • There's nothing wrong with wanting to change your body. There's also nothing wrong with loving yourself -- and all of your curves -- at any size.

    Any mom can be sexy at any size. 

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