Fitness trainer Emily Skye has been keeping fans up to date on her pregnancy, and now she’s getting super honest about how much weight she’s gained.
In a candid new Instagram post, Emily revealed that she’s gained 46 pounds so far (she’s due in a few weeks), which is a little bit more than she planned. “My pregnancy hasn’t really gone to plan as far as my fitness is concerned,” she captioned two selfies that showed off her baby bump. “I thought I’d be able to keep up with my exercise until the end of my pregnancy but that did NOT happen haha. Due to a long term back problem (I’ve spoken about before) & sciatica I haven’t been able to exercise for the past 2 months as I was just too uncomfortable & it was starting to make my back & sciatica worse. I made the choice to listen to my body & stop. It’s only short term inactivity & there’s always time to get my fitness back later.”
??Ready to pop! ? . Shoutout to all the mums out there! I have nothing but utter respect and amazement for what you do. Growing a human is amazing but hard and no doubt raising them is a hell of a lot harder! All of you mums out there are incredible!! ?? . My mum raised my sister and me on her own & @recdedmond’s mum raised him & his 2 siblings on her own and I think they are absolute superhero’s for what they’ve done for us as are all mummies & daddies too! ☺️ I feel incredibly grateful to have my amazing man Dec by my side through this new journey & my little girl has such an amazing daddy who already loves her more than anything. ? . To all the mums out there, I’m already learning so much from you all and appreciate all the help and support you’ve given me so far – no doubt I’ll need more once my baby girl is here! ? . Happy weekend everyone! I just wanted to send love to you & tell you that I appreciate you so much! Don’t you ever forget how damn amazing you are!!! ??? . . #35weekspregnant . @emilyskye_fit .
Emily admitted that she’s “slightly envious” of women who can exercise up until they give birth, but she says it’s just not right for her—and she encouraged other women to listen to their bodies, too. “I get messages from ladies everyday upset about the weight & cellulite they’ve gained while pregnant & I just want you ladies to know that gaining weight while pregnant is NORMAL,” she wrote. “Some people only gain a little and some gain a lot but it’s all ‘normal’ – as long as your Doc doesn’t have any concerns of course!”
And then Emily showed why so many people are obsessed with her. “I refuse to beat myself up. I refuse to compare myself to others & I refuse to let these physical changes that some might see as ‘flaws’ take away my happiness & neither should any of you,” she said. Instead, she’s focusing on welcoming her daughter.
???? I was strong then, but I’m getting stronger now – but in in different ways. I have an utmost respect and admiration for mothers. Growing a human isn’t easy and neither is raising them (which I’ll soon be experiencing myself). ? As my due date draws nearer I find myself feeling nervous about giving birth & wonder whether I can do it. I try to overpower those negative thoughts with positive affirmations such as: “I am strong and capable – I was made for this”, and “I trust my body and look forward to seeing what I’m truly capable of”. . I always try to be positive, yet realistic and honest with you and sometimes I doubt myself and my capabilities. . I am so blessed to have the support from you amazing people who are constantly offering advice to me as I become a mother. You’re all SO helpful & kind. This is all new to me (obviously) and when something is new it can be scary – even though I have never been happier or more excited in my life. So thank you, I truly appreciate you sticking by me through this and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey to getting my fitness back with you – when I’m ready of course! ?? . P.S. How incredible is the human body!! I’m so blown away by what it can do! ??? . . #34weekspregnant #8monthspregnant #truestrength
“Nothing can take away the happiness I have right now & I’m healthy & so is my baby girl & that’s all that matters,” she said. “I don’t care about the fat I’ve gained, the swelling & cellulite etc. These things are not important to me. I have such an overwhelming appreciation for my body & the human it’s growing.I am so blessed to be able to carry my little girl & I’m so excited to meet her within the next few weeks!”
Sure, pregnancy often comes with some big body changes that can be hard to accept, but Emily is so right—it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you and your baby are healthy. Everything else is just white noise.
This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US
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