Melissa Rycroft: ‘My Baby Helped Me Get My Bikini Body'

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Melissa Rycroft has never felt more confident in a bikini! Posing exclusively for the new issue of In Touch — on newsstands now — the Bachelor alum reveals that she’s whittled away the 50 pounds she gained while pregnant with her daughter, Ava, by simply capitalizing on her new chores and mommy duties.

“I’ve got a natural weight right here,” Melissa, 29, tells In Touch, about swapping her dumbbells for her daughter. “If I just hold her everywhere I go, I’m carrying an 18-pound load. The biceps and triceps that have come naturally are a blessing!”

Her other built-in calorie burners: laundry, cleaning and pushing Ava around her new LA neighborhood.

“I can’t really go to the gym, so I have to find other ways,” says the former Bachelor finalist. “I always laughed when I heard women say, ‘Chasing after my child is my workout,’ but it’s definitely worked!”

For more exclusive photos of Melissa Rycroft’s post-baby body, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!

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