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Here'S Why Ali Fedotowsky-Manno Says She Loves Her Postpartum Body

One year after giving birth to her second child, former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky-Manno says she “feels grateful” for her postpartum body.

Fedotowsky-Manno said the way she sees her body has changed since giving birth to her two children, Molly Sullivan, 2 and a half, and son Riley Doran, 1.

“You no longer look at your body necessarily as something that needs to be perfect,” she told PEOPLE. “You’d rather look at your body as something that already is perfect because of the amazing things that it does.”

Fedotowsky-Manno recently shared before-and-after pictures of her pregnancy bump and postpartum “large flap of loose skin" on Instagram, 10 months after the birth of her son.

“Why am [sic] earth would I think my body should bounce back to a flat tummy 10 months after THIS,” wrote Fedotowsky-Manno. “To be 100% honest with you guys I actually kind of like my loose skin. That’s the honest truth … I earned this loose skin. I gave everything my body has to offer to bring two beautiful humans into this world! That’s not something I should feel ashamed of, that’s something I should feel empowered by!”

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She says she wants to honor rather than criticize her body.

“So every time I look at my tummy I remind myself to feel strength, power and sacrifice. And in the end, I’m left with the greatest gift — two beautiful children and the family I’ve always DREAMED of,” she continued.

This isn’t the first time the star has opened up about her body after kids. A few weeks ago, she turned to Instagram Stories to address the people who said she has “bounced back” so fast.

“The truth is I haven’t,” she said. “Don’t believe what you see on Instagram.”

“This is what my body really looks like and I am okay with that. I LOVE my body,” she captioned a mirror selfie.

For now, Fedotowsky-Manno is seeing her postpartum body as a “badge of honor,” but did tell PEOPLE she has looked into procedures.

“Look, my flap of skin on my tummy, do I ever think I’m going to want it there forever? No, like I’ve already looked into cool-sculpting, all these little tiny procedures I can do. I wouldn’t want to go under the knife, but I’ve looked at little procedures,” she said.

But above all else, she wants to embrace her body's changes.

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