Emily Skye's 2-Second Transformation Makes an Important Point About Postpartum Bodies

The fitness influencer wants women to know that snapping back to your pre-pregnancy weight just isn't realistic.

Emily Skye and her boyfriend just welcomed their first baby into the world in December, but the fitness influencer's pregnancy didn't quite go as planned. The first-time-mom wasn't able to keep up with her fitness goals and despite her best efforts, she had to stop working out due to back pain and sciatica. That said, she also refused to worry about gaining weight and embraced her changing body—stretch marks, cellulite, and all. Now, she's continuing to do the same after pregnancy and even though she says she barely recognizes her body anymore, she wants everyone to know that expecting it to shrink right back is too much pressure.

For me this whole “snap back” idea is unrealistic - it’s taking me hard work, consistency and patience. I’ve got a saggy belly, extra body fat, cellulite, stretch marks & I’ve lost a lot of muscle but my abs are still under there when I flex my butt off haha! 😝 I’m 2 days into my FIT Program and I’m doing the home workouts and I’m feeling absolutely amazing! The endorphins are real! 😃🙌🏼 . Becoming a mum has changed me in so many ways. Some changes are positive and some could be seen as negative but I’m choosing to focus on the positives and the things I can control - such as working out and eating healthy. . Many people have told me things like: “your body is ruined” and “your body will never be the same”. - You’re right, it will be BETTER! 😝😃 . The best strength you can have in my opinion is mental strength and I’m much stronger mentally than I’ve ever been and I believe I can do whatever I set my mind to. I WILL get fit and strong again and I’m gonna have a rockin bod to match! Watch me!!... or even better JOIN ME! Let’s do this together! 👊🏼😉 . ✨ Trial my new FIT Program for FREE for 7 days - Link in my profile or go to: www.emilyskye.com ✨ . . @emilyskye_ig | @emilyskyefitness . . #6weekspostpartum #fitmum

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"For me, this whole 'snap back' idea is unrealistic—it's taking me hard work, consistency, and patience," Skye wrote on Instagram on Wednesday alongside a two-second transformation of her flexing and relaxing her belly. "I've got a saggy belly, extra body fat, cellulite, stretch marks & I've lost a lot of muscle but my abs are still under there when I flex my butt off haha!"

She added that she's been ignoring all the nasty comments she's received about how different her body looks and is choosing to treat herself with grace. "Becoming a mum has changed me in so many ways. Some changes are positive and some could be seen as negative but I'm choosing to focus on the positives and the things I can control—such as working out and eating healthy," she said. "Many people have told me things like: 'your body is ruined' and 'your body will never be the same.' You're right, it will be BETTER!"

🤱🏼 #6weekspostpartum My BEFORE photos: The start of my NEW post-pregnancy fitness journey! 😃🙌🏼 . I’m now 6 weeks postpartum and my OB has given me the all clear to return to full training - providing I listen to my body and don’t go too hard too fast. I’m so excited to be able to start my own FIT Program now! I’m going to start with the home workouts until Mia is 8 weeks old and can go in the crèche at the gym and then I can do the gym workouts. 😃 I want to hold myself accountable so I thought posting these do just that! Considering I’ve been used to being fit and lean all year round for several years my body now is VERY different and I’m roughly 10kg heavier than I was pre-baby. I don’t believe weight is important and it’s more about being healthy and feeling good so I’m not going to be focussed on the number on the scale. I’m actually quite happy with how I’m looking and feeling so far but I know I can be a lot better; fitter, stronger, healthier and leaner. It isn’t a race though, I’m not trying to get back in shape as fast as I can, I’m just going to take the time I need to work my way there and do what makes me happiest and feeling my best. ☺️👍🏼 . I am going to do this! I just need to keep myself motivated and on track every single day. Nobody is gong to do it for me. It’s up to me. ☺️👊🏼 . . ✨ Trial my new FIT Program for FREE for 7 days - Link in my profile or go to: www.emilyskye.com ✨ . . @emilyskye_ig . .

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Skye just got cleared to start exercising again and shared how excited she is to get back to the gym in a separate post. "I'm now 6 weeks postpartum and my OB has given me the all clear to return to full training—providing I listen to my body and don't go too hard too fast," she explained. "It isn't a race. I'm not trying to get back in shape as fast as I can, I'm just going to take the time I need to work my way there and do what makes me happiest and feeling my best."

Major props to Skye for continuing to shed light on the ups and downs of her pregnancy and always inspiring other women.

This article originally appeared on Shape.com.