One person that’s been refreshingly candid about this experience is fitness star Emily Skye, who has seen her ripped abs transform into a healthy, happy home for her first child.
Her recent Instagram snap demonstrates this contrast with a touching message for all mums. On the left, the popular trainer is shown pumping weights, muscles bulging, and on the right, 34 weeks pregnant.
“I was strong then, but I’m getting stronger now - but in in different ways,” she writes in the caption.
“I have an utmost respect and admiration for mothers. Growing a human isn’t easy and neither is raising them (which I’ll soon be experiencing myself).”
The 32-year-old says that she’s found herself feeling nervous as her due date draws closer, but she’s overpowering negative thoughts with positive affirmations.
“I always try to be positive, yet realistic and honest with you and sometimes I doubt myself and my capabilities,” she writes, thanking her 2.1 million followers for their continued support throughout her pregnancy.
“I truly appreciate you sticking by me through this and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey to getting my fitness back with you - when I’m ready of course!”
Emily has previously shared her thoughts on comparing pregnancy 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,” she wrote on Instagram.
She says she doesn't mind if fans think her amount of cellulite is nothing to complain about, she just wants to highlight how different women's journeys can be.
“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.”