A fitness blogger has gotten 'real' about suffering with body issues during her time of the month.
Emily Skye was branded an "inspiration" by some of her 2.7 million followers on Instagram after sharing a video of her bloated stomach.
The 34-year-old, who has worked as a personal trainer and make-up artist, is well known for her fitness programmes and healthy eating plans.
But while she may have a figure most women would covet, it seems even she struggles with her body image from time to time.
In a lengthy post on Instagram the mum revealed that she finds it hard to keep her tummy 'in' at certain times.
Alongside this she posted a video of her flaunting her stomach from every angle – which caused many people to assume she was pregnant.
But really she's just dealing with bloating and fluid retention.
She explained: "It's so hard to keep my tummy in! That time of the month is never fun.
"Bloating, fluid retention, cramps, lethargy, nausea, mood swings etc – they're all common symptoms of being a woman and having your monthly. I actually feel pregnant again!
"Ever since I was pregnant with Mia, I've found it really hard to keep my tummy 'in' which to be honest with you is something I never imagined I'd be struggling with at almost 17 months postpartum."
She continued: "We really are all so different and that's why it's so important we don't compare ourselves to anyone else. I've been working on strengthening my core a lot lately and I feel that it's strong now and yet my tummy still 'pushes' out all the time, even on an empty stomach.
"I just wanted to say that even though you might not see it much – this is NORMAL and common and you're not alone if you bloat or if your tummy won't stay 'in' no matter how fit you are."
Emily then went on to encourage everyone to stop beating themselves up and comparing themselves to other people.
Instead she recommends we all think about the good things we have in life.
She added: "I have a beautiful family and I'm healthy and fit and I'm so grateful for that… bloating and retention isn't fun but it's also no big deal either."
More than 575,000 people likes the post, with many really impressed by her honesty.
One person commented: "I'm going to show this to my 13-year-old daughter that suffers from this all the time (she hasn't had a baby). I hate the way she compares herself to the 'perfect Insta body' it's ruining our young people's lives."
Another said: "First glance I thought this was a pregnancy announcement, but I absolutely love you talking about this issue."
"You're such an inspiration," replied someone else.
A fourth added: "I love the fact that you keep it real and are not afraid to. Motivational and respect."
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