January 06, 2016 01:00 PM

When Coco Austin proudly showed off her toned figure just one week after giving birth to daughter Chanel Nicole, she faced backlash from her social media followers — and the star understands why.

“If I was looking at pictures of myself, I would be second guessing that person too,” she told Inside Edition on Tuesday.

So how did Austin get her abs back so quickly after pregnancy? A healthy diet, according to husband Ice T, who appeared alongside her for the interview.

“She started eating a lot of fruit, stopped drinking all alcohol,” he explained.

While the first-time mom, 36, was initially worried she would “blow up like a whale” during her pregnancy, Austin said she only ended up gaining 13 lbs. because she was already in good shape.

“It has been the most wonderful experience ever,” she said of motherhood.

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In the December side-by-side photo, Austin shared a picture of herself at 36 weeks pregnant and a second shot of her one week postpartum.

“I was basically in shape before I got pregnant,” she wrote at the time. “I lost 10 pounds before I even started to gain baby weight probably because 1- I stopped drinking alcohol. 2- I stopped weight lifting and lost a lot of muscle and 3- I ate really healthy and took my vitamins every day.”

Austin shared a photo of her family dressed up for the Inside Edition taping on Instagram Tuesday.

“I love to color coordinate w/ my family its fun,” the new mom wrote.

— Lindsay Kimble

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