Why This Fitness Trainer Is Happy That She 'Barely Recognizes' Her Post-Baby Body


Many moms feel the pressure to get their pre-baby bodies back almost as soon as they give birth. This stress, often brought on by ignorant comments, internal conflict, and society as a whole, can seriously sour the relationship that a mother has with her body and her baby. After giving birth to her first child, this fitness expert and new mom realized not only that she barely recognizes her body but also surprisingly, that she's happy about it

  • Like many moms before her, Emily Skye is facing her share of post-pregnancy struggles.

    "I’m far from a 'glam mum,'" she wrote a few days after giving 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!" 

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    She spoke about her sore back, the diastasis recti she had, and all of the general discomfort associated with just having had a baby. 

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  • The new mom took to Instagram to share a surprising message.

    "I barely recognize myself when I look in the mirror," she wrote. 

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  • After realizing that getting her body back to what it was before wouldn't be easy, she had a change of heart.

    She quickly understood that her post-baby body wasn't something to be ashamed of and forgotten about, but something to be happy about. "Getting my 'body back' can take a back seat for the time being," Skye wrote. 

  • Instead of feeling insecure, she has chosen to embrace the fact that she looks "completely" different.

    Skye recognizes that the changes to her body haven't happened in vain. Gaining weight, struggling to exercise through her pregnancy, and taking the time to focus on her newborn instead of the gym have all played a part in changing her for the better. 

  • Skye says that she loves her new body because it gave her, her daughter.

    It provided Mia with a safe, comfortable place to live for nine months and that warrants a whole lot of love. "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," she added.

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    The mother shared that, when she does decide to get back in the gym, it will only be when she's ready and with full confidence of the fact that her post-baby body isn't something that she needs to lose, but rather something that she wants to improve upon in her own time and in her own way. "It’s not my priority right now," said Skye. "Spending this time with my daughter is,"  

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