"One of the things I've learned is to only value the opinions of the people who truly love and care about you, who are an expert in the field, or have done what you're doing."
It can be hard to catch a break from haters when your job is to constantly be in the spotlight. Fitness influencer Emily Skye is no stranger to that feeling and was recently tested when people on social media started accusing her of working out due to vanity during her first pregnancy. But rather than paying attention to the negative banter, Skye is focusing on enjoying every moment of this special time in her life—and wants everyone to know it.
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"Some people assume that because I am currently exercising (at a greatly reduced intensity mind you) that it's all about how I 'look' and that I'm 'obsessed,'" the 32-year-old wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of herself showing off her belly. "I have NEVER felt more at peace with my body and the way it's changing and looking. I have extra body fat, cellulite, and stretch marks and I've lost a heap of muscle. NONE of this matters to me in the slightest." (Skye posted a similar Instagram just last month about how she's embracing cellulite and weight gain during her pregnancy.)
She continued her post by saying that her workouts are for her personal health and well-being as well as the baby's. "I am the happiest I have ever been and I have never felt more confident in myself," she says. "I choose to work out when I can—firstly because I have clearance and support from my doctor to do so and secondly because it's GOOD & HEALTHY for me and my baby." (P.S. Yes, you should be exercising when you're pregnant.)
At 21-weeks pregnant, Skye assured her followers that she knows what she's doing and has learned to listen to her body over these past few months. "One of the things I've learned is to only value the opinions of the people who truly love and care about you, who are an expert in the field, or have done what you're doing," she says. "Ever since I first announced I was pregnant I've had people constantly telling me things I should and shouldn't do but I choose to not only listen to my ob-gyn but I always listen to my body. If something doesn't feel right I simply don't do it!"
Finally, Skye notes that "every pregnancy is different" and that it's important to "focus on your own journey."
"I love my incredible body and what it's doing to grow my little person amazes me," she says. "Remember to choose who you listen to wisely."
This story first appeared on Shape.com