Ashley Tisdale has been having an internal battle over her post-baby body after giving birth to her first child with husband Christopher French in late March.
But her confidence appears to be growing from the looks of her latest post on Instagram, where she struck a pose with her daughter, Jupiter, while celebrating her 36th birthday with a pool party on Friday, July 2.
‘This is 36,’ the High School Musical alum wrote in the caption of the photo showing her holding her baby girl dressed in a brown one-piece swimsuit.
Birthday girl! Ashley Tisdale celebrated her 36th birthday with a pool party, where she struck a pose in a one-piece swimsuit holding her three-month-old daughter Jupiter
In the sweet snap, Tisdale covered up with a long white robe, which she left open, as Jupiter looked adorable in a blue denim ensemble, complete with a hat to cover her face on a hot Southern California day.
Withe sun glaring down, the actress and singer also donned dark sunglasses and had her brown tresses styled long with a slightly unkempt look.
As the day went on Tisdale gave her 13.7million Instagram fans and followers a glimpse at the festivities by sharing a few images of the birthday bash poolside.
She also shared a video of her surveying her birthday flowers and gifts.
Bash: The High School Musical alum and her friends shared images from her pool party
Festive celebration: Tisdale snuggled up for a selfie with friend TJ Paradise wearing her long white robe over her brown swimsuit
Girl power: The birthday girl also shared the day with plenty of gal pals
Gorgeous: Tisdale posted a video of her birthday flowers and gifts on Instagram
French, 39, showered his wife with love and affection on his own Instagram page, starting with a photo of his bride of nearly seven-years.
‘Happy Birthday to the most incredible woman in the world. You inspire me and show me what life is really about on a daily basis,’ the musician gushed in the caption.
‘I love watching you grow into the woman, and Mother!, you were born to be. I’m so grateful you were born on this day, and that I get to share the adventure with you! I love you endlessly @ashleytisdale.’
French also posted images of his ladylove showing off her hula-hoop during the pool party and another one of her cradling their baby with a ‘Happy birthday’ headline made with a colorful rainbow.
Lovely: Christopher French, 39, gushed over his wife in his birthday tribute on social media
Working it: Tisdale showed off her hula hoop skills during the pool party along to the classic Happy Birthday song by Stevie Wonder
Sweet: French also gushed over seeing his wife become a first-time mother
Just last month, Tisdale admitted she ‘still’ doesn’t feel ‘comfortable’ in her skin following the birth of her daughter on March 23.
She opened up about her postpartum body emotions in a post for her site Frenshe, titled Getting Real About My Body After Baby.
The New Jersey native shared about social media’s effect on self-image, writing: ‘There are so many models and influencers that I’ve compared my own personal journey in “bouncing back” to…and then, I’m like wait they just had a baby and they look like that??’
Unashamed, she teamed her post with an unfiltered mirror selfie showing her body three months after giving birth.
Open book: Tisdale shared about not feeling ‘comfortable’ in her body following the birth of Jupiter in March, sharing her thoughts in a post for her site Frenshe, titled Getting Real About My Body After Baby., which was accompanied by an unfiltered image of Ashley’s real figure
Though Tisdale was quick to recognize how apps like Instagram ‘really f*** with your head,’ she said the comparisons were still taking a toll on her self-esteem.
‘I’ve worked my butt off,’ she explained. ‘Whether it’s hiking, Pilates, riding on my Peloton, and yet, I still don’t feel comfortable in my body.’
‘Yes, I started to fit into some jeans again, but not the size I was wearing before. Everyone keeps saying that it takes time—it takes time growing the baby and it takes time losing the baby weight. And you know what? That’s the truth.’
The Disney star recalled a recent epiphany she had while spending time with two other new moms.
‘[They were] saying how great I looked and that they wished they could fit into jeans,’ she recalled.
‘Here they were thinking that I looked great and yet I’m at home looking in the mirror thinking I could look better. That’s when I realized we can’t compare our bodies to each other.’
Flashback: The actress and singer wrote about social media’s effect on self-image, remarking: ‘There are so many models and influencers that I’ve compared my own personal journey in “bouncing back” to…and then, I’m like wait they just had a baby and they look like that??’; she is pictured in a pre-baby snap by her pool
Going inside and out: ‘I’ve worked my butt off,’ she explained. ‘Whether it’s hiking, Pilates, riding on my Peloton, and yet, I still don’t feel comfortable in my body’
Tisdale reminded readers how diverse different mothers’ experiences are, adding: ‘Everyone is going to have a different journey and it’s important to not communicate negative feelings towards our own bodies. Thoughts like “you’re not good enough, you could look better” have to stop! And they especially need to stop when realizing that your body just created and gave life to another human being.’
She continued: ‘The bottom line: be kind to yourself and fill yourself up with love. It’s okay to set a goal and be inspired by others, but we should all truly love ourselves and our bodies in every season. It’s easier said than done and I know there have been stages in my pregnancy where I have felt uncomfortable.’
The first-time mom went on to share how she’s ‘still dealing with plantar fasciitis, but even I’m working on not comparing myself to others and their post-baby journeys. Love yourself first!’
Love yourself: Tisdale reminded readers how diverse different mothers’ experiences are, writing: ‘Everyone is going to have a different journey and it’s important to not communicate negative feelings towards our own bodies’
Tisdale and French announced Jupiter Iris French’s March 23 arrival with a heart-melting black-and-white snap of her tiny hand days later.
In an interview with Forbes, the proud mom gushed about her new life with her newborn baby.
‘Life is great. I mean, she’s so cute,’ she told the magazine. ‘It’s so wild she’s finally here. You spend so long with her inside of you and then you’re just like “Oh my God, she’s here!” I’m past the more difficult things that you go through.
She added, ‘You go through a lot when you come home from the hospital. It’s just an adjustment for everyone in the family. You’re learning about each other and as a mom, going through physically and mentally a lot. Now I’m on the other side of it, which is great!’
The couple will celebrate seven-years of marriage on September 8.
Bundle of joy: the couple announced the arrival of Jupiter Iris French on March 23 with a heart-melting black-and-white snap of her tiny hand days later