Mother-of-four who was criticised over her ‘large’ baby bump reveals how her belly ‘contracted and shrunk back to normal’ – as she follows new post-birth diet
- Skye Knijff, from Brisbane, faced heavy criticism online for her large baby bump
- The 30-year-old mother has four children: Charlie, Lexie, Arie and Hildie
- Despite feeling pressure to bounce back, she’s glad the process has taken time
- She walks, does weight-based exercises and Muay Thai to stay healthy
Skye Knijff, like many popular Instagram accounts, has copped her fair share of criticism online.
The 30-year-old Brisbane local was called out for having a large baby bump – with some even going so far as to label it ‘disgusting’ – during her fourth pregnancy.
Skye hit back at the trolls, saying that all bellies are beautiful no matter how big or small, admitting that some people also wanted her to recover quickly ‘post-birth.’
Skye Knijff, (pictured) like many popular Instagram accounts, has copped her fair share of criticism online
‘I definitely felt like a lot of people on social media expected me to bounce back immediately after birth, but I personally didn’t let that bother me while I was recovering and enjoying my newborn,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘I always knew my post-baby bump would go down eventually. I felt it very necessary to share my postpartum pics to other mama’s out there, to show them it’s completely normal to not have a flat stomach straight away, and to just concentrate on recovery and your new baby. I’ve enjoyed sharing this journey with so many other mama’s out there.’
The beauty therapist said she took her time easing back into an exercising routine, but her stomach ‘went down’ largely on its own.
The 30-year-old Brisbane local was called out for having a large baby bump – with some even going so far as to label it ‘disgusting’ – during her fourth pregnancy (pictured while pregnant and before pregnancy)
The beauty therapist said she took her time easing back into an exercising routine, but her stomach ‘went down’ largely on its own
‘After each birth for approximately the first six weeks I felt like I was just eating for survival, so I would just eat whatever I could when I could,’ she said.
‘But it was still healthy foods. I feel best when I eat healthily. Breastfeeding always made me so hungry, so I never worried too much about portion sizes.’
She doesn’t subscribe to any one diet – but creates one all her own.
‘I usually just do up my own diets. My diet is mainly clean meals, high in protein, good fats, a good balance of all food types,’ she said.
She doesn’t subscribe to any one diet – but creates one all her own
Skye (right) is pictured with her friend, who were both pregnant with their fourth child at the same time
‘I love fruit, veggies, avocados, water, yogurt, chicken and eggs the most. But I never deprive myself of chocolate. After each child I never returned back to the gym or vigorous exercises for a few months.
‘My belly has just contracted and shrunk back to normal size on its own just from breastfeeding and keeping active with work and my other children. After my first two babies I was back working within a week. So that kept me very active.
‘Long after my births I’ve enjoyed walking, weights and Muay Thai to get my muscle tone back. But I’ve never been in any rush.’
Having four children under the age of seven can be a handful, but the family all take it in turns to help out.
Having four children under the age of seven can be a handful, but the family all take it in turns to help out (pictured fourteen weeks post-partum)
Skye’s husband – who runs his own business full-time – helps make dinners while her eldest, Charlie, helps to hold the youngest, Hildie, while chores and care for the others is completed
‘Life does feel quite hectic sometimes but I think we’re just so used to being busy and active. My priorities are to make sure our kids are fed, clean, healthy, have fun experiences and enjoy life,’ she said.
‘We have a pretty good routine for the kids on weekdays and weeknights, but we have cruisey and social weekends. The hardest part is rounding them all up & making sure they’re all dressed and fed before leaving the house to go somewhere.’
Skye’s husband – who runs his own business full-time – helps make dinners while her eldest, Charlie, helps to hold the youngest, Hildie, while chores and care for the others is completed.
Skye Knijff has been pregnant, given birth, bathed, clothed, fed and nurtured four incredible children (pictured while pregnant and two years later)
When the Queensland local uploaded a throwback picture of her pregnant belly to Instagram a host of people came forward to comment on the size of her stomach (pictured)
‘My husband is usually home in time to help with dinners while I’m still breastfeeding Hildie to sleep at night. But that will just be a phase. Once Hildie doesn’t need my constant attention I’ll be able to help out more with dinner preparation and cooking,’ she explained.
‘Without my mum’s help with housework once or twice a week I don’t think I’d be able to keep on top of that all on my own, especially without owning a dishwasher.
‘With a family of six there’s always a constant flow of washing and dishes to do. It really does take a village to raise a child, especially when you have multiple. I feel very fortunate to have such a supportive family and network of friends.’
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