Emily Skye
Emily Skye
Julie Mazziotta
October 26, 2017 12:06 PM

Pregnancy isn’t easy — even for a fitness trainer with millions of Instagram followers.

That’s what Emily Skye wants people to know as she enters her ninth month of pregnancy, and she’s making a point of showing on social media the less glamorous aspects of growing a baby.

“It’s something a lot of people go through, and I don’t think it’s really talked about enough, especially from people who have large followings,” Skye tells PEOPLE. “A lot of the fitness trainers are still training really hard and don’t necessarily think about the issues that I guess you could say, ‘normal people’ go through. Whereas I am going through it all and I’m not able to do much training.”

The influencer spent her first trimester “dry retching 24/7,” leaving her unable to work out and maintain the fitness part of the job that made her famous. Her second trimester was better — she started to exercise again — but now in her last one she’s feeling very lethargic.

“It’s been up and down,” Skye says. “It’s not as fun as I thought it would be. But having said that, it is an amazing experience and I love it. It’s just awesome to be able to grow a human and feel little kicks like that.”

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Syke has been unusually candid about the difficulties of pregnancy — she was one of the first influencers to share how before-and-after fitness photos on social media can be misleading. But she says it’s not the norm among her fellow Instagram trainers and fit moms.

“I wasn’t nervous to share it, but I do feel like I’m slightly different from a lot of the other trainers out there with large followings that have been pregnant,” Skye says, adding that she wants to help other women feel more confident in their bodies and not worry about skipping workouts during pregnancy.

“Pregnancy is only short term. You shouldn’t beat yourself up over something that doesn’t last long,” she says. “The most important thing is to do what’s best for you and your baby.”

Her commitment to honesty is also why Skye has been so open about her weight gain and cellulite.

“I’ve felt sick, my body has been changing a lot, I’ve got cellulite all over my butt and legs, I’ve gained weight, and all the rest of it,” she says. “It’s important to be real with people and talk about this so they feel like they’re not alone. I think a lot of people feel like they’re alone in it and that they’re abnormal but they’re not.”

This post is NOT about comparison nor is it a competition. It’s also not an “I have it worse than you” post and it’s definitely not me complaining at all. The point of this post is simply to remind you that we’re all human and imperfect, we’re all different and on our own unique journeys and we all have different experiences. I have been exercising for 8 years and I have maintained a lean physique over that period of time. Since becoming pregnant I have gained some fat and cellulite and I’ve lost a fair bit of muscle – which I'm completely fine with. 😃 . Now you might be looking at this thinking “Pffft that’s nothing” or “you think THAT is cellulite 🙄?!” – Again this is not about comparison nor is it a competition. I just wanted to highlight the fact that nobody is perfect, we are all different and all of our pregnancy journeys are going to be different too. Some women don’t gain any fat, cellulite or stretch marks, while others gain a lot – one isn't more "normal" than the other. I have seen many beautiful pregnant women who are still extremely lean and they look absolutely amazing but just keep in mind that it’s unrealistic and unhealthy to compare yourself to anyone else. ☺️ My life many years ago was once all about how I looked, how lean I was and how much muscle I had. Nowadays these things aren’t even close to being my priority. My health (mental and physical) is most important to me and it’s always about how I FEEL. Sure I like to look good, but not if I have to sacrifice my health for it – especially my mental health. My priority right now is the health of my baby – nothing else comes close in importance. ☺️ . I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful for my precious growing baby that all of the “downsides” of pregnancy are insignificant. 🤰🏼👶🏼 . Instead of criticising ourselves and each other, let’s celebrate our individualities, embrace what could be seen as “flaws” and support and uplift each other. Most of all let’s love all that we are and stop focussing on what we don’t like or don’t have. Just because you’re not where you want to be ultimately doesn’t mean you can’t love yourself just the way you are now. . 💗 Sending you all love. 😘 .

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And with just a few more weeks of pregnancy to go — Skye is due in December — she’s excited to finally meet the new member of her family.

“It’s a new and different journey, and it’s going to be tough (as I’ve been told). But it will be the most wonderful thing I’ll ever experience and I’m excited about that,” she says. “I cannot wait to meet my baby!”

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