PREGNANCY: ‘No idea it would be this bad’
NEW mum and fitness influencer Emily Skye has posted a side-by-side photo of herself post childbirth, which has resonated with mums across the country.
The honest image, which has received more than 181k likes and 9000 comments, shows the 32-year-old holding her newborn daughter and showing her stomach five days after giving birth.
I barely recognise myself when I look in the mirror! . I’m far from a “glam mum” HAHA! 😂 - I currently live in what you could call “granny undies”, it hurts to do much with the stitches from my episiotomy, and feeding is extremely painful - I had no idea it would be this bad! 😫 My back is still really sore and when I walk around it literally feels like my insides are going to fall out. 🙈 I also had diastasis recti that was 3 finger widths apart the day after giving birth. . My pregnancy was not how I thought it would be, I thought I’d be exercising regularly the whole way through but that did not happen as I was sick a lot of the time and had back pain that made it hard to just walk around the house. I ended up gaining over 21kg during my pregnancy in fat, fluid, baby, placenta etc. . So many people told me I would “bounce right back” after giving birth like a lot of other fit women do. - Well that’s definitely not the case for me! It’s only 5 days after I gave birth to Mia and I look about 6 or so months pregnant. I can tell I’m going to have a LOT of hard work ahead of me to get fit and strong again which I KNOW I can do but it’s not my priority right now - spending this time with my daughter is. Getting my “body back” can take a back seat for the time being… I’ll get there in a realistic time frame & I refuse to put pressure on myself to get there. . I am SO blessed and beyond happy to bring home my baby girl Mia today. I feel completely content. I look at her and start crying because of the overwhelming love I have for her and I love my body SO much for growing this precious little person. 😊🙌🏼💗 . . #5dayspostpartum #mumlife #bodypositive #blessed .
Skye, who has more than 2.2 million followers online, wore "granny undies" while holding her newborn, Mia, in her arms.
"I barely recognise myself when I look in the mirror," she wrote.
"I'm far from a "glam mum" HAHA! - I currently live in what you could call 'granny undies', it hurts to do much with the stitches from my episiotomy, and feeding is extremely painful - I had no idea it would be this bad!"
Skye, who has made a career from her online fitness platform Emily Skye Fit, said getting her pre-baby body back wasn't a priority, and despite being told she'd 'bounce right back' after childbirth - spending time with her daughter was her priority.
"My back is still really sore and when I walk around it literally feels like my insides are going to fall out. I also had diastasis recti that was 3 finger widths apart the day after giving birth.
"My pregnancy was not how I thought it would be, I thought I'd be exercising regularly the whole way through but that did not happen as I was sick a lot of the time and had back pain that made it hard to just walk around the house.
"I ended up gaining over 21kg during my pregnancy in fat, fluid, baby, placenta etc."
Her post was met with praise, with thousands of commenters appreciating the fitness guru for not putting pressure on herself to bounce back.
"You are such a great inspiration," one person posted.
"You have done an amazing thing having a baby. And I commend you for posting yourself which I think you look amazing."
"You look amazing, please don't work yourself to hard yet," another added.
"That is a perfect post-partum attitude! Your body will return, maybe not to what it was but something stronger than you could have imagined."
In August, fellow fitness guru Tiff Hall spoke out about her pregnancy, and why she refused to hit the gym after having her son, Arnold.
Known for her rock hard abs and defined guns, the former Biggest Loser trainer told news.com.au she wasn't prepared to "sacrifice" time with her newborn baby just to get her famous body back.
"There's a lot of effort that goes into the bounce back," Hall told news.com.au.
"Hours at the gym and calorie restrictions. I'm not up for sacrificing time with my new baby to be pumping it out at the gym.
"It's so much pressure on new mums. My body has changed, and that's all right. I have put on weight, but it's beautiful, glorious weight."
Hall, 33, said because of her fitness, she thought she'd be able to continue an active lifestyle throughout her pregnancy.
But instead - she was forced to spend time in hospital and only do "pilates a few times a week".
"I loved being active, and I loved my routine," she said.
"But at the end of the day, all that matters is the baby. They have a plan, and I can't interfere.
"I know bodies are adaptable, and when I need to get fit again I will.
"My priority will be to breastfeed and look after the baby, and not do anything that will bring about drastic body changes.
"You have to think of your mental health. Baby blues can set in. I have wonderful members [at TIFFXO], who I don't think would connect with me if I was all about getting my body back.
"My number one concern is this baby and feeding it well. The body can come later."