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Sadie Robertson on how ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and pregnancy impacted her body image

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Sadie Robertson gets candid about her body changing during
Sadie Robertson gets candid about her body changing during "Dancing With the Stars." (Photo: Getty Images)

Sadie Robertson is diving deeper into her body image issues in the latest episode of her podcast Whoa That's Good where she talks about finding it difficult to keep up with the way that her figure changes throughout different seasons in her life.

The 23-year-old Duck Dynasty star has been open about issues with her self-image in the past, revealing in a previous episode that she struggled with an eating disorder as a result of a toxic relationship that she was in when she was younger. But after stepping into the spotlight and challenging her body in different ways, Robertson said that it's been difficult to keep up with rapid changes.

"When I was on Dancing With the Stars I was not prepared for how physically demanding and crazy it is," she said, while chatting with dancer Lindsay Arnold. "You get in really good shape really fast. I’ve never had a six-pack, probably never will again in my life maybe, but hey, I was rocking it on national TV and that’s great. But it was such a fast body change and then after the show it’s like, well now I don’t dance all the time so my body changed then. And now being pregnant, I’ve experienced another really fast body change."

The first-time mom, who gave birth to a baby girl named Honey on May 11, documented her growing baby bump on social media and shared just how it felt to grow with her child. 

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"I hope I always see growth, no matter how uncomfortable it can be ... as a very good thing. Because that it is," she captioned a collage of photos. 

Throughout those changes, however, Robertson said the most important thing that she could focus on was her body's ability, instead of its appearance.

"It’s intimidating to look at something and it can feel discouraging when you don’t look like something," she said on the podcast. "But it’s encouraging and empowering when it’s like, it’s not about the way you look, it’s about the way you feel. It’s about what you’re able to do, what you’re bringing into the world, whether it’s a baby in life or bringing in just healthy bones to be able to carry people when they’re hurting or walk to people whenever they need a hug. Those things are really powerful."

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