Bethenny Frankel: Post-pregnancy bathing suit pic doesn't send a 'bad message'

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Bethenny Frankel is defending herself after posing in a red one-piece bathing suit for UsWeekly only three weeks after giving birth to her baby girl Bryn.

Critics claim that the picture sends an unrealistic message to "real" women who may go to extreme measures to lose their weight post-pregnancy as fast as she did. Of the 35 pounds Frankel packed on, she's already lost 29.

"You can't win for losing," Frankel tells the press while promoting her upcoming show "Bethenny Getting Married?" Thursday (June 3), "if sending the message that being healthy before, during and after your pregnancy is a bad message. I think it's good for a woman to know she can stay healthy during and after pregnancy.

"I was in the hospital for six days days, three of which there's the day you're in labor, you don't eat. Two after, you don't eat. When I came out, I'm 6-7 pounds less, most of it is baby stuff, like water and things.