There’s stress in gaining it and then being faced with the often overwhelming pressure – internal or external – to lose it again.
And that’s even if you’re not in the public eye, let alone someone who has made their living inspiring people to get fit and healthy.
Gold Coast trainer Emily Skye Anderson has built a fitness empire, with millions of women following her FIT programs and Instagram and Facebook pages, as she shares workout tips alongside photos of her fit, toned body. She’s become so successful, she this year debuted the Financial Review Young Rich list with an estimated wealth of $32 million.
So when she became pregnant with her first child, she had certain aspirations. A part of her hoped she might be the kind of woman who gains little during pregnancy and seems to effortlessly “bounce back” after giving birth.
At the very least, she hoped she might continue her weight-training throughout her pregnancy and maintain some of her strength.
However, the 32-year-old, who is currently 39 weeks pregnant, realised weeks into her pregnancy that it wasn’t going to be the case. The first trimester of her pregnancy she was sick and unable to train. She could exercise in her second, but by the start of her third trimester, her bump had grown to a size that made it impossible for her to work out without pain. A back problem she’d had since she was a kid was exacerbated by carrying her bump, meaning she couldn’t walk far let alone run.
So how do you deal with being pregnant and not being able to exercise, when it’s been such a huge part of your life?
It hasn’t been easy, Emily told Mamamia, but she’s managing.
“A lot of the year I haven’t been able to do much, which is quite weird, because I’m used to consistent training,” she said.
“I thought I’d be one of those mums that could walk along the beach every day… but even with my back belt I can’t be on my feet for too long.”
Emily says this inability to exercise has also contributed to her 21kg weight gain – something she wrote about in a recent Instagram post at her 37-week mark.
“I did expect to gain weight. To be honest I didn’t expect to gain as much as I have, but I’m fine with it. I just think obviously my body is doing what it’s supposed to do, it’s supporting a life,” she told Mamamia.