"I'm not going to do anything that makes my body hurt."
If you're one of Emily Skye's 2.1 million Instagram followers, you know she loves a good lifting session and has been strength training during her pregnancy. (BTW, Skye has a message for anyone who thinks they know what's best for *her* pregnancy.) Now, Skye elaborates on her workout routine, including her forgiving philosophy, in an interview with our sister magazine, Fit Pregnancy and Baby.
The belly has definitely overtaken the butt now! Haha! #bellywins . Pregnancy Update: I saw my OB today & he thinks my baby girl will come early just like I did, my mum did & my grandmother did! She’s resting her head on my cervix all ready to go. . I haven’t been exercising, I’ve just been listening to my body & taking it easy... well apart from running around getting things for my hospital bag sorted & other necessities newborns need (there’s SO much! ). . I’m having trouble finding a nightie to wear during labour though. I want one that allows for “skin to skin” so ideally I want it to open at the front. I still need to get a pram but everything else is sorted. I’m getting really excited now & a little anxious but I’m staying positive & focusing on meeting my baby so it overpowers my nerves. I can do this! As I always say, we’re so much stronger than we think we are! #33weekspregnant .
"My doctor said I could exercise as usual, but I was training like an athlete before, and that felt uncomfortable once I was pregnant," she says. "You've got to trust your body. If something doesn't feel right, don't do it. I spent my entire first trimester lying on the couch, watching TV, and I ended up losing around 11 pounds of muscle. So much hard work, gone! But it's okay. I'm not going to do anything that makes my body hurt." (Related: 7 Prenatal Pilates Exercises)
"When I go to the gym now, I do the exercises that feel comfortable for me: deadlifts, squats, kettlebell swings," she says. "Nothing intense, and I use very light weights, with higher reps and more rest in between. And if there are days when I don't exercise, I know it's not the end of the world."
Now that's solid advice anyone can get behind—pregnant or not.