Personal trainer Emily Skye just welcomed her baby girl 16 months ago, but she’s already managed to get back her toned physique.

The 33-year-old, who also works as a fitness model, regularly shows off her enviable figure on social media.

But now, she says that looking perfect isn’t necessarily “real life.”

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All 3 pics are roughly a year apart & I’ve gotten STRONGER each year! ??? A year before Mia, 9 months pregnant & 11 months postpartum. Isn’t the woman’s body incredible! It literally morphs itself into a home for little humans! ?? Before I was pregnant, while and after I’ve received comment such as: “you’re too skinny, too lean, too muscly, too manly, not enough shape, not feminine etc. While I was pregnant they said: “You’ll be like other fitness models & personal trainers and you will barely show, won’t gain any weight & will snap back easily”. I also was told my body would be “ruined” and I’ll never get it “back”. While pregnant I gained roughly 24kg, I didn’t have a small belly?? and I didn’t snap back at all. It took a LOT of hard work and consistency and definitely wasn’t easy and it TOOK TIME – It took almost a year to get back to the fitness level I had prior to being pregnant! I did it healthily, without overdoing it and of course while Mia was my absolute priority. I worked on my business and traveled overseas numerous times for work. Also contrary to what people assume I don’t have a nanny, cleaner, or family nearby to help… of course there’s nothing wrong with having help, in fact I think it’s important to but I personally haven’t had it. I’ve made sure I shared the whole process of my postpartum journey and shared my most vulnerable times when I had tough days, baby blues, self doubts as a mother. I showed myself when I was far from my best in the hope it helps some of you to know that nobody is perfect & to believe in yourselves, go for the things you want in life and never give up. Life is tough, you have bad days and sometimes you feel like throwing in the towel (I did many times) but you CAN do it. Don’t ever listen to negative people who doubt you and put you down. Don’t let them bring you down to their level – they want you to feel as unhappy as they do unfortunately. You are AMAZING & worthy – you can do anything you set your mind to just don’t let negative Nancy’s distract you – there’s a lot of them out there but there are far more kind, supportive people out there so make sure you surround yourself with them!☺️ X Love Em.

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This week, the mom of one showed how “good lighting” and “good posture” can make a big difference when taking postpartum photos.

She posted side-by-side images to show her followers that her post-baby body isn’t as flawless as her Instagram makes it seem. Skye wrote:

We all have these parts of us that some may deem as “flaws”. I like to call them “being human” & “being unique”.

There are a lot of posts going around showing “real life” compared to “Instagram” which I love! I think it’s great that so many people are jumping on board and showing their followers content like this. ?? This post isn’t about Instagram versus real life though. Both of these photos are “real life”. Just because you take a “nice” photo with good posture or good lighting doesn’t mean it’s not real life – it’s just a part of yourself or your life that you’ve chosen to show.

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“Real life” . We all have these parts of us that some may deem as “flaws”. I like to call them “being human” & “being unique”. There are a lot of posts going around showing “real life” compared to “Instagram” which I love! I think it’s great that so many people are jumping on board and showing their followers content like this. ?? This post isn’t about Instagram versus real life though. Both of these photos are “real life”. Just because you take a “nice” photo with good posture or good lighting doesn’t mean it’s not real life – it’s just a part of yourself or your life that you’ve chosen to show. So here are a couple of pics showing me standing without my wrinkly tummy skin visible and with it visible. ? I love myself whether you can see the wrinkly skin or not and I feel confident either way. This is why I choose to wear tops to show my belly! I’m proud of my body and what it’s capable of. ☺️ . It took me many years to be confident and comfortable in my own skin and I still have moments when I’m not but most of the time I am. ☺️ Remember that everyone has insecurities no matter WHO they are. You might look at someone and think they’re “perfect” but that doesn’t mean they’re confident. . Self love, body confidence & appreciation is something I’ll always place importance on and it’s something I’ll teach my daughter Mia as well – to love and be grateful for who she is and what she’s got.??  . . #selflove #bodyconfidence

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The fitness guru said she’s okay with showing off the reality of her post-baby body because she’s proud. Skye wrote:

So here are a couple of pics showing me standing without my wrinkly tummy skin visible and with it visible.

I love myself whether you can see the wrinkly skin or not and I feel confident either way. This is why I choose to wear tops to show my belly! I’m proud of my body and what it’s capable of. ☺️

The new mom added that just because someone looks perfect “that doesn’t mean they’re confident.”

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We had such a beautiful day together. ??? You might have seen in my story today that I’m really putting a lot of effort into being more conscious and in the present moment in attempt to get out of my own head. I’m an over thinker and sometimes it gets to the point where my thinking drives me crazy and makes me extremely overwhelmed. So I had to take control and make changes where I could, and some of those changes are appreciating each day and every little moment, rather than looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed with what I have to do tomorrow, next week, next month etc. I’m focusing on my breathing, deep diaphragmatic breaths in and slow exhales. When I breathe I imagine breathing in positive air that rejuvenates me and I breathe out any toxic stuff that I may have going on inside my head. This is something I visualise of course haha! But it helps! I’m also spending a lot more time outdoors in the fresh air, in nature and of course spending quality time with Mia and Dec. I really try to be in the present moment and absorb everything that’s going on around me. I’m conscious of things happening in my body, my breathing, my heart beating and my muscles when I move and I can feel the blood going to every cell in my body. Focusing on these things really takes my mind off everything else. And it helps me to be calm and peaceful. I also realise that I exaggerate and over complicate every little challenge to be bigger and harder than they truly are and doing these practices every day help me to simplify everything in my head so I can be calm, logical, rational and ultimately happier. ? . Do any of you suffer from anxiety or feelings of overwhelm? What are some things you do every day to help keep yourself in check and not let your thoughts hijack your happiness? . . #15monthsold #destress #gratitude #appreciation #emilyskye #fitfam

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She said it took her years to feel comfortable in her own skin and is still on a journey to find full self-acceptance. Skye concluded:

Self love, body confidence & appreciation is something I’ll always place importance on and it’s something I’ll teach my daughter Mia as well – to love and be grateful for who she is and what she’s got.

Loose belly skin is extremely common in new moms and can seem more apparent if a woman loses weight quickly after birth, Jennifer Wider, M.D. told SELF:

“The skin has more time to recover and regain elasticity if a woman gradually loses weight after her pregnancy. If she loses it rapidly, the skin has much less time to recover.”

However, it’s a completely normal welcoming a bundle of joy.

That means posts like Skye’s can go a long way in normalizing a subject that sometimes not talked about enough.

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