‘I gained 25kg through pregnancy, don’t rush your postpartum recovery’

Fitness influencer and founder of Emily Skye FIT app, Emily Skye, honestly shares the good, the bad and the in-between of her pregnancy and postpartum experiences with her large Instagram following on the regular. But why did exercising during and after her second pregnancy, completely change her experience? Skye explains. 

I’ve always been upfront about my postpartum body and the struggles that go with getting back to being fit and strong. My second baby decided to come out quicker than I expected, and instead of jumping into training straight away, I decided to go down a different route after having my boy.

I’ve been through two pregnancies now and the first time was really about learning. I didn’t like that there were so many pregnant women or women who had just had a baby that were comparing themselves to others – especially on social media.

I gained roughly 25kg through both pregnancies and I definitely wasn’t fitting back into my skinny jeans post-baby! Firstly, my pregnancy with Mia wasn’t how I thought it would be. I thought I would be active and exercising the whole time. But in reality, I was sick a lot of the time and my back pain made it hard to walk around the house.

So, when people told me I would “bounce right back” after giving birth, it definitely wasn’t the case for me.

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“Everyone’s body is different”

When I was pregnant with Izaac, I definitely knew what I was doing in terms of what exercises to avoid and what could be damaging. The postnatal training I was doing was specifically done to heal my pelvic floor and get it functioning again. I worked with a women’s health physio as well, which is really important. I recommend that everyone sees a women’s health physio before proceeding with any postnatal exercise program.

Doing those exercises was always about progressing, not just jumping back into where I think I should be because I have a history with fitness. Everyone’s journey is different, everyone’s body is different. We go through so much during pregnancy and childbirth that we have to start all over again.

The FIT Post-Pregnancy program

While working on getting back to my “normal” after having Izaak, I filmed for the Emily Skye FIT app, which now offers a FIT Post-Pregnancy program.

So many new mothers have asked me for a specialised post-pregnancy program over the years. Now I’m super proud to say that FIT is the health and fitness app that’s right for woman at every stage of her life – from strength training for beginners to pregnant mamas-to-be, postpartum mothers, and experienced exercisers looking for a new challenge.

The most important thing is that the new program has been created with your safety as my ‘number one’ priority. It’s so important not to rush your postpartum recovery.

A newfound “admiration and appreciation for my body”

I’ve worked with doctors and women’s health physiotherapists on this program, so it’s been really great to have that reassurance and know that what you’re doing and when you’re doing it is actually safe to do so. You can also go at your own pace. There are three stages in the program that are six weeks long, but you can redo stages if you’re not quite ready to progress yet.

I think one of the most important things coming out of my pregnancies – and especially after giving birth to Izaak eight months ago, is that, it’s really given me an admiration and appreciation for my body that I’ve never had before!

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