In a candid new Instagram post, Emily revealed that she’s gained 46 pounds so far (she’s due in a few weeks), which is a little bit more than she planned. “My pregnancy hasn’t really gone to plan as far as my fitness is concerned,” she captioned two selfies that showed off her baby bump. “I thought I’d be able to keep up with my exercise until the end of my pregnancy but that did NOT happen haha. 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 admitted that she’s “slightly envious” of women who can exercise up until they give birth, but she says it’s just not right for her—and she encouraged other women to listen to their bodies, too. “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,” she wrote. “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!”
And then Emily showed why so many people are obsessed with her. “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," she said. Instead, she’s focusing on welcoming her daughter.
“Nothing can take away the happiness I have right now & I’m healthy & so is my baby girl & that’s all that matters,” she said. “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.I am so blessed to be able to carry my little girl & I’m so excited to meet her within the next few weeks!”
Sure, pregnancy often comes with some big body changes that can be hard to accept, but Emily is so right—it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you and your baby are healthy. Everything else is just white noise.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US