New Mom's Side-By-Side Pics Show Why She's Not Concerned With 'Bouncing Back'

New Mom’s Side-By-Side Pics Show Why She’s Not Concerned With ‘Bouncing Back’

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Fitness guru has a “realistic timeframe”

Emily Skye is an Australian health and fitness expert whose online training program, YouTube channel, and Instagram account have millions of followers. Recently, her fans watched as she progressed through her first pregnancy. Now, as the mother of a two-week-old, Skye is sharing her post-partum body and talking about the myth of “bouncing back.”

Four days ago, Skye posted an image of herself holding her new baby. Next to the photo, she wrote about the effect that pregnancy had on her body and her approach to getting back into “fitness expert” shape.

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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 .

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In her post, Skye talks about the expectations she had about how she would maintain her fitness during her pregnancy versus the sore, bloated reality: “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.”

Word.

Now that she has delivered her baby, Skye is learning what most moms already know — you think being pregnant was rough on your body? Wait until the first month after you give birth. “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.”

Word again.

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Flashback to my pre pregnancy body – which will be my “goal” once I pop this bub out and can get back to training hard again! 😀 Mommies, how long was it until you could exercise after giving birth? . You know what’s absolutely crazy? At the time of taking these pics (in my bath tub using a tripod and timer mind you haha) I didn’t think I was lean at all. I now look at these pics and I’m surprised at how lean I was! It’s crazy how sometimes we just can’t see ourselves how we truly are or how others might see us. I can have such a warped perspective of myself sometimes. Hey, I’m working on it though and have already come a long way – I think being pregnant has helped a LOT with this actually! 🙂 . Since becoming pregnant I feel like I got extreme bloating, fluid retention and cellulite straight away. This doesn’t concern me in the slightest though, it’s all part of growing a human and I feel sooo incredibly blessed. All of these not so fun things that come with pregnancy are insignificant. My health and my baby’s health is most important and that’s what I’m focussing on. 🙂 I’m so blown away by what my body can do! It’s incredible! . I have 6 months to wait to meet my little one, I feel like it’s such a long time to wait, but I'm told it flies by! Aaah I can’t wait! 😀 . .

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But then, Skye’s post goes from one we can commiserate with to one that inspires us — not to lose the baby weight within weeks and run a mile the day after delivery, but to be patient with ourselves. We’ve been fed too many stories about women who walk out of the hospital looking like they were never pregnant, and of women walking down runways in lingerie weeks after giving birth. That’s not the norm. This is the norm, and Skye wants her fans to know it: “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.”

Skye’s career is built on her body looking a certain way, but she is not allowing that pressure to interfere with this precious time with her newborn: “…get[ting] fit and strong again…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…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.”

To see someone who makes their living off of being in tip-top physical condition preach post-partum self-love is a beautiful thing. Congratulations, Emily!