DWTS’ Melissa Rycroft Says Giving Birth Ruined Her Flexibility
Melissa Rycroft may not look that different in the three years since she and Tony Dovolani took third place on Dancing With the Stars Season 8, but her body is holding on to the memories. Since entering DWTS on the heels of The Bachelor, she married her boyfriend from before the show, then they had a baby girl, Ava Grace, in February 2011.
Now Melissa, 29, and Tony are competing on All-Stars, and she told People her body doesn’t move the way it used to. “I think my hips are mad at me from what they went through,” Melissa said. “The flexibility is gone. I'm fighting a little bit more, but you know, we'll get there."
The only other All-Stars who have given birth are Pamela Anderson and Bristol Palin. (Kirstie Alley has adopted children.) Bristol had already given birth to Tripp by the time we first saw her dance on Season 11, but maybe she also lost some flexibility after giving birth. Then again, from home, Melissa doesn’t appear to be struggling that much — probably due to her high level of fitness and cheerleader training from before The Bachelor — whereas Bristol was rough from the beginning.
How fit you were before DWTS seems to make the biggest difference, birth or no birth. Take Brooke Burke-Charvet. The DWTS co-host has four children, giving birth to the last in March 2008, just a few months before winning the fall DWTS Season 7 with Derek Hough. Say what you want about her Celebriquarium questions, but Brooke has set a very high bar for supermoms!
Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Monday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.