Emily DiDonato Talks Focusing on Strength During Postpartum Fitness Journey

The mom of two and model opened up to her Instagram followers about body image post-childbirth.
Emily DiDonato

Emily DiDonato.

Model and mom of two Emily DiDonato is often candid with her successes as much as her struggles on her social media platforms. The repeat SI Swimsuit star recently opened up to her 2.8 million Instagram followers with a refreshing take on postpartum fitness.

“It’s been really hard to get back into shape post-baby No. 2,” the 32-year-old admitted in a reel posted on Sept. 11. “I won’t lie, that in this chapter I find myself eager to get back to where I was, back to what I looked like, while simultaneously admiring and respecting the hell out of what my body just did.”

DiDonato and her husband, Kyle Peterson, welcomed a daughter in 2021, while their son was born this spring. She shared in her clip that she finds herself in the predicament of loving her body while still wanting to change it.

“What helps me in these moments is focusing on strength,” DiDonato shared in a voice-over alongside clips of herself working hard in the gym. “I may not look exactly the way I did before, but I can be just as strong.”

DiDonato’s comments section was filled with fellow mothers who praised the Covey cofounder’s candor and noted that they could definitely relate.

“Ughhh so refreshing to hear women talk more openly about this,” one fan wrote.

“This is EVERYTHING,” Linh Niller applauded. “Thank you for sharing. So so true. The predicament of loving and appreciating your body while also wanting to change it is a wild mental and emotional ride, post-baby.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.