Star Moms: Body After Baby

Penélope Cruz! Ali Larter! Amy Adams! These celebs dropped the pregnancy pounds – and regained their fab pre-baby figures

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PENéLOPE CRUZ

PENéLOPE CRUZ
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How's this for unfair: Just one month after welcoming her first child, Leo, on Jan. 22, the actress hit the Oscars red carpet with hubby Javier Bardem in a curve-hugging red dress by L'Wren Scott. Weeks later on April 1, the "phenomenal mommy" looked even more svelte in a purple sheath dress by the same designer to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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ALI LARTER

ALI LARTER
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The new mom, who packed on 45 lbs. during her pregnancy, is taking things slow after giving birth to son Theodore on Dec. 20. "I just started to hike and do a little pilates too," the actress told PEOPLE recently. "I think everyone would love to drop their baby weight as quick as possible but I gained quite a few so it's taking a little bit longer." Either way, Larter is making great strides: Four months after giving birth, she strutted her stuff in a waist-cinching Dolce amp Gabbana polka dot mini at Good Housekeeping's Shine On Awards in N.Y.C.

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ALICIA KEYS

ALICIA KEYS
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Work it! Over two months after welcoming son Egypt in October 2010, the musician returned to the red carpet in a fierce all-black ensemble (Victoria Beckham dress and Christian Louboutin boots) for the New York City screening of Biutiful on Dec. 1, 2010.

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CHRISTINA APPLEGATE

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE
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Motherhood sure suits the Hall Pass star. Applegate glowed in a Temperley London tunic and black A Pea in a Pod skinny pants while promoting her latest film on Feb. 23 in Los Angeles. "Leggings and big shirt, that’s what you’re going to see me in for a while!" joked the actress at the premiere.

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MIRANDA KERR

MIRANDA KERR
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The model mom wasted no time flaunting her figure after welcoming son Flynn on Jan. 6. She hit the catwalk for the Balenciaga show at Paris Fashion Week on March 3 and, a few weeks later, gave fans a better glimpse of her stunning post-baby body at the launch of Victoria Secret's 2011 swim collection in L.A.

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GRETCHEN MOL

GRETCHEN MOL
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What baby? Literally a month after welcoming her second child, daughter Winter Morgan, on Feb. 17, the Boardwalk Empire actress sparkled in an embroidered Marchesa shift at the New York City premiere of HBO's Mildred Pierce.

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AMANDA PEET

AMANDA PEET
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Talk about day and night! Peet put her burgeoning belly on display in a black sweater dress at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. A month after giving birth to second daughter Molly June, she stylishly stepped out in a frilly white frock and matching sweater for a May 3rd appearance on the David Letterman show.

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KELLY PRESTON

KELLY PRESTON
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Preston's post-baby body secret? Breastfeeding! "I haven't been working out. At all," the new mom to Benjamin told PEOPLE recently. "I've been lucky because I've been breastfeeding so that's really helped me lose the weight."

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DOUTZEN KROES

DOUTZEN KROES
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Wow, that was fast! Just two months after welcoming son Phyllon Joy, the model bared her flat, toned abs in a bikini top and cut-off jean shorts during a family vacation to Miami Beach on March 25.

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ISLA FISHER

ISLA FISHER
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Losing the baby weight after baby No. 2 wasn't as easy for the Rango star. "I used to say I could eat anything," says the actress, who showed off her fabulous post-pregnancy figure at the film's Feb. 14 premiere. But since welcoming second daughter Elula last fall, she admits: "Now, I can't eat whatever I want."

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AMY POEHLER

AMY POEHLER
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It must be all that running around after the kids that's keeping the Parks and Recreation star in shape. On Jan 30., the star, who gave birth to son Abel last August, showed off her svelte figure in a form-fitting black dress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

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AMY ADAMS

AMY ADAMS
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Since welcoming daughter Aviana last May, The Fighter star has been looking gorgeous on and off the red carpet. Most impressive? Her appearance three months after giving birth at the Angel Awards, where Adams showed off a womanly post-baby figure in a vintage Byblos tulip dress.

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