Nikki Bella gives fans a look at her body after baby

Nikki Bella is getting “real and raw” with her fans just five weeks after giving birth by giving them a look at her postpartum body.

“This was really hard to do, but I felt like it was the right thing to do because I feel like sometimes on social media, and people sometimes in the spotlight, we just truly don’t showcase how hard postpartum can be and the journey of getting your body back,” she said on her Instagram Stories on Monday.

Bella, 36, shared that she is 18 pounds away from her pre-pregnancy weight, and admitted that part of the weight is due to some overindulgence during quarantine, not just her pregnancy.

“I want to blame so bad COVID and being in Arizona with a lot of heat that I didn’t get to workout like I used to,” she said, “But no. I indulged in pizza quite a bit especially towards the end and baked goods.”

Bella welcomed son Matteo with fiancé Artem Chigvintsev on July 31. She is now 5 weeks postpartum.

“I have to take full accountability,” the former WWE star added, “so I am now in a journey to lose 18 pounds, but in the most healthiest way possible because I’m breastfeeding obviously, and giving my son the most amazing nutrition is No. 1, so there’s going to be no crash-diets, no starving myself.”

Despite her weight gain, the “Total Bellas” star said becoming a mom was “worth all the curves, all the changes” because she has the “most amazing little boy ever.”

The reality star then shared how she is already working on getting back into shape by posting a series of videos of herself working out.