Emily Skye/Instagram
Michelle Ward Trainor
November 29, 2017 01:31 PM

Fitness trainer Emily Skye is the first to admit that her road to motherhood has had a few surprises.

The social media influencer, who is expecting her first child in December, has candidly described – and embraced – her body changes, which have included “extra body fat, cellulite and stretch marks.”

And now Skye is opening up again about the reality of pregnancy, taking to Instagram to post a photo of herself showing off her belly at 37 weeks and revealing she has gained 46 lbs. so far.

“My pregnancy hasn’t really gone to plan as far as my fitness is concerned.  I thought I’d be able to keep up with my exercise until the end of my pregnancy but that did NOT happen haha,” Skye, 32, captioned the photo. “Due to a long term back problem (I’ve spoken about before) & sciatica I haven’t been able to exercise for the past 2 months as I was just too uncomfortable & it was starting to make my back & sciatica worse. I made the choice to listen to my body & stop. It’s only short term inactivity & there’s always time to get my fitness back later.”

Emily Skye/Instagram

Skye’s positive attitude and self-love have been common themes throughout her pregnancy.  Although she admitted being “slightly envious” of women who can exercise up until they practically go into labor, Skye has encouraged other expectant mothers to listen to their bodies and not to worry about skipping a workout.

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“I get messages from ladies everyday upset about the weight & cellulite they’ve gained while pregnant & I just want you ladies to know that gaining weight while pregnant is NORMAL,” said Skye. “Some people only gain a little and some gain a lot but it’s all ‘normal’ – as long as your Doc doesn’t have any concerns of course!”

She continued: “I refuse to beat myself up. I refuse to compare myself to others & I refuse to let these physical changes that some might see as ‘flaws’ take away my happiness & neither should any of you.”

And as her due date approaches, Skye is just focused on her baby-girl-to-be.

“Nothing can take away the happiness I have right now & I’m healthy & so is my baby girl & that’s all that matters. I don’t care about the fat I’ve gained, the swelling & cellulite etc. These things are not important to me. I have such an overwhelming appreciation for my body & the human it’s growing,” she said. “I am so blessed to be able to carry my little girl & I’m so excited to meet her within the next few weeks!”

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