Actress Melissa Joan Hart, 33, mom of two sons, Mason, 3, and Braydon, 14 months, is showing off her new post-baby body! At 113 pounds, she’s confident enough to wear a bikini! However, the pretty Sabrina star didn’t always feel this secure with her body and it took a lot of hard work to lose 42 pounds.
“I still read blogs about me discussing how fat I’ve become,” the former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star tells PEOPLE in the new issue, available on newsstands Friday.
“Everyone still thinks I’m huge,” says Hart, 33, whose post-pregnancy body was the subject of cruel Internet attacks after she gave birth to sons Mason, 3, and Braydon, 14 months, with husband, Course of Nature lead singer Mark Wilkerson, 32. “But I’m not anymore!”
Hart understands the confusion. After all, the public has grown accustomed to seeing celebs get back in their skinny jeans mere weeks after giving birth. “There are enormous pressures put on you in Hollywood,” she says.
Her inspiration to finally get back in the best shape of her life? The women in her life, including her friend, actress Jaime Pressly, who has a son, Dezi, 2, as well as her own mom Paula, who gave birth to seven children “and is tiny!” Hart says. “I realized I didn’t have to be heavy just because I have kids.”
Adds Pressly: “She finally took the time to take care of herself. I’m blown away by how amazing she looks.”
Reclaiming her slim figure took Hart 14 months of hard work. “It didn’t happen by magic