Pregnancy can bring a lot of changes to a woman’s body. These are often unexpected and people are completely unaware of them. For people who take good care of their bodies and look fit, this can be a real surprise and a difficult challenge to deal wtih. One day you are fit and skinny, and the next day your belly starts growing and you get those infamous stretch marks. But, for Australian health and fitness guru Emily Skye, this was not an issue. She decided to embrace everything and share it with the rest of the world. Pregnancy body changes are quite normal for Emily, who is also a champion for body positivity.
She is right now nearing the end of her pregnancy, but when she announced it first in June, she had a lot to say about her growing baby bump.
In July, she posted a picture of her growing belly on Instagram and opened up about the changes her body is experiencing.
“I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful for my precious growing baby that all of the ‘downsides’ of pregnancy are insignificant,” she wrote.
Her post went viral with more than 60,000 likes now. Her message was truly important for all the women out there.
This post is NOT about comparison nor is it a competition. It’s also not an “I have it worse than you” post and it’s definitely not me complaining at all. The point of this post is simply to remind you that we’re all human and imperfect, we’re all different and on our own unique journeys and we all have different experiences. I have been exercising for 8 years and I have maintained a lean physique over that period of time. Since becoming pregnant I have gained some fat and cellulite and I’ve lost a fair bit of muscle – which I’m completely fine with. . Now you might be looking at this thinking “Pffft that’s nothing” or “you think THAT is cellulite ?!” – Again this is not about comparison nor is it a competition. I just wanted to highlight the fact that nobody is perfect, we are all different and all of our pregnancy journeys are going to be different too. Some women don’t gain any fat, cellulite or stretch marks, while others gain a lot – one isn’t more “normal” than the other. I have seen many beautiful pregnant women who are still extremely lean and they look absolutely amazing but just keep in mind that it’s unrealistic and unhealthy to compare yourself to anyone else. ☺️ My life many years ago was once all about how I looked, how lean I was and how much muscle I had. Nowadays these things aren’t even close to being my priority. My health (mental and physical) is most important to me and it’s always about how I FEEL. Sure I like to look good, but not if I have to sacrifice my health for it – especially my mental health. My priority right now is the health of my baby – nothing else comes close in importance. ☺️ . I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful for my precious growing baby that all of the “downsides” of pregnancy are insignificant. . Instead of criticising ourselves and each other, let’s celebrate our individualities, embrace what could be seen as “flaws” and support and uplift each other. Most of all let’s love all that we are and stop focussing on what we don’t like or don’t have. Just because you’re not where you want to be ultimately doesn’t mean you can’t love yourself just the way you are now. . Sending you all love. .
“This post is NOT about comparison nor is it a competition,” she wrote. “The point of this post is simply to remind you that we’re all human and imperfect, we’re all different and on our own unique journeys and we all have different experiences.”
Since announcing her pregnancy in June, Skye remained open and honest with all of her fans. That meant sharing her “fat and cellulite” and her muscle loss”, but it was completely okay for her.
“My life many years ago was once all about how I looked, how lean I was and how much muscle I had,” she wrote. “Nowadays these things aren’t even close to being my priority. My health (mental and physical) is most important to me and it’s always about how I FEEL.”
#16weekspregnant I’ve been feeling little bubba moving lately! He/she woke me up at 3am this morning doing what felt like flips in my uterus. I was dreaming I had an alien in my belly (like in the Prometheus movie) then I woke up and realised it was my baby! Such an amazing thing to wake up to. I’ve been feeling flutters for a few weeks now but nothing this intense. So exciting! Mumma’s, when did you start feeling movements? . .
Skye is still posting pictures of her growing belly and her everyday concerns.
She also reminded her fans to “stop focusing on what we don’t like or don’t have.”
“Just because you’re not where you want to be ultimately doesn’t mean you can’t love yourself just the way you are now,” she wrote.