Fitness star Katrina Scott has opened up about embracing her postpartum body five months after becoming the first visibly pregnant model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
The Tone It Up co-founder took to Instagram over the weekend to proudly share two photos of herself wearing a black sports bra and matching leggings. In one of the selfies, her oldest daughter, Isabelle, is sweetly kissing her stomach.
Scott, 38, explained in the caption that Isabelle, who turns four later this month, looked at her and asked, ‘Mommy, do you have a baby in your belly?’
‘No sweetheart,’ replied the mom, who welcomed her second daughter, Colette, in May. ‘This is mommy’s belly and it’s totally normal and beautiful to look like this after having a baby… or not having a baby actually. All curves are beautiful, my love.’
Katrina Scott, 38, shared photos of herself in a black sports bra and leggings on Instagram Saturday, nearly five months after welcoming her second daughter, Colette
The Tone It Up co-founder explained in the caption that her daughter Isabella, who turns four next week, had looked at her and asked, ‘Mommy, do you have a baby in your belly?’
Scott said her daughter then asked to kiss her stomach, a moment that she captured on camera to share with her 430,000 followers.
‘I love this belly — and both you and your sister,’ she told Isabelle, who agreed, ‘I love your belly too.’
The fitness entrepreneur went on to share how overjoyed she is that her daughter still wants to kiss her stomach.
‘Isabelle loved kissing my tummy when her baby sister Colette was inside… and it makes me so happy that she loves kissing my belly still… even though it’s just me inside,’ she explained. ‘It was a home for her and Colette to grow.’
Scott ended her post with a message about the importance of exposing children to body positivity at an early age.
Scott made history earlier this year when she became the first visibly pregnant woman to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
Just weeks after, she and her husband, Brian Scott, welcomed their daughter Colette
‘Let’s teach our children that our bodies are beautiful no matter the chapter,’ she wrote. ‘Let’s not tell our girls (and boys) that they ruined our bodies while we created them… rather they made us love and appreciate our bodies even more. It’s a safe place for them. Let’s change the narrative so that our babies grow up loving themselves and the skin they’re in.’
Scott made Sports Illustrated Swimsuit history earlier this year when she showed off her baby bump in the iconic magazine when she was nearly seven months pregnant.
The publication celebrated the boundary-breaking shoot on Instagram at the time, calling it a ‘MAJOR moment.’
‘From Rookie of the Year in 2021 to the FIRST EVER visibly pregnant woman in the SI Swimsuit Issue, @katrinascott continues to show up and make waves!’ the magazine wrote.
Scott also shared her own message to mark the occasion.
‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has a storied history of firsts… of breaking boundaries, building and restoring confidence, and speaking directly to all women in an empowering and inclusive voice. Today is such a special moment that I’m honored to be a part of,’ she said.
When Isabella asked about her stomach, Scott told her that ‘it’s totally normal and beautiful to look like this after having a baby… or not having a baby’
Scott said her daughter then asked to kiss her stomach, a moment that she captured on camera to share with her 430,000 followers
The soon-to-be mother of two also addressed the pressure put on new moms to return to their pre-baby bodies after giving birth.
‘As women, we have been told, shown, and expected to hide (then “bounce back” from) our pregnant bodies, when, in fact, our beautiful bumps embody the miracle of what it means to be Selfless, Vulnerable, and Strong,’ she explained.
‘In this issue, I hope to represent all the women out there that are creating life, feeling all the feels, and embracing change as they look to the future, especially those having difficult fertility journeys. I am with you, and you are never alone.
‘Our bodies and minds are capable of extraordinary things, and as for me, I’m all about gracefully bouncing forward,’ she concluded.
Scott later shared that the honor was particularly poignant given that her pregnancy came after two miscarriages.
Speaking to Fox News, she admitted that she didn’t want to get ‘too attached’ during the early days of her pregnancy out of fear she’d lose the baby.
‘Isabelle loved kissing my tummy when her baby sister Colette was inside… and it makes me so happy that she loves kissing my belly still… even though it’s just me inside,’ she explained
The fitness guru ended her post with a message urging other parents to join her in teaching ‘our children that our bodies are beautiful no matter the chapter’
‘It does rob you of that blissful joy. You’re just cautiously making your way through every week,’ she said.
Scott recalled how she and her husband, Brian Scott, ‘told everyone right away’ when they were expecting their daughter, Isabelle.
‘During our first pregnancy, we had a gender reveal party, we told our parents and all of our friends. We did that with the second and third pregnancies. But the second and third pregnancies didn’t go to full term,’ she explained.
Scott noted she and her husband waited longer to tell people this time around — and it took her about 15 to 17 weeks to start taking pictures of her belly.
‘On my phone, I have so many reminders of past pregnancies that we lost. And I think I was avoiding all of that,’ she said.
‘I was excited, but I also kept telling myself, “If this works out, that’s really great. If it doesn’t, we’ll try again.” You don’t want to get too attached. You don’t want to get too excited.’
Scott suffered two miscarriage and had undergone IVF before getting pregnant with Colette (pictured in her last trimester)
Scott was undergoing IVF when she walked in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit runway show during Miami Swim Week in July 2021 (pictured)
The fitness star (pictured in March 2021) vowed that she would not put pressure on her self to ‘bounce back’ after giving birth to her second child
Scott, who was undergoing IVF when she walked in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit runway show during Miami Swim Week in July 2021, also acknowledged that fertility treatments are ‘not accessible to all people.’
‘It’s very much a privilege that our family has access to fertility treatments,’ she said. ‘A lot of times, it’s out of pocket. A lot of times, it’s really hard on the body. I’ve realized how blessed we were that we could do that.’
As for her plans for her post-baby body, she insisted she wouldn’t put pressure on herself, and if her latest Instagram post is any indication, she has kept her word.
‘I knew that as the co-founder of a fitness brand, there would be eyes on me. I knew people would expect me to bounce back right away post-baby, be in shape, and go, “Do this like I did,”‘ she said at the time.
‘But I wanted to take things at my own pace,’ she said, adding that she even got rid of all of her old jeans so she wouldn’t feel pressured to fit in them again.
‘I really wanted to change the narrative. I wanted to think about moving forward and finding a new strength with my new body without looking back and trying to fit into an old pair of jeans.’