The internet can’t seem to get enough of women who maintain their abdominal definition during pregnancy. Here are 10 women who proved it can be done:

1. Sarah Stage

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9 months next week 🎉 Time is flying by… so excited to meet him 👶 (Tan: @bondisands)

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Perhaps the original six-pack mom, this lingerie model got her break during pregnancy when her well-defined abs went viral.

2. Sia Cooper

Diary of a Fit Mommy blogger and NASM-certified personal trainer Sia Cooper is a mother of two and proud owner of a six-pack that basically doesn’t budge, according to photos she posted throughout her pregnancy.

3. Oxana Rumyantseva

This Russian mother of four is a personal trainer and fitness competitor who didn’t let pregnancy impede on her fitness routine. No wonder her abs appeared to stay pretty much intact. (At 6 1/2 weeks postpartum, she’s basically back in action.)

4. Chontel Duncan

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I should do a another collage like this post Little D… But wow the human body is amazing!!!!! 💙🍼👶🏾

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Australian fitness expert and model Chontel Duncan first went viral after posting a belly-baring Instagram photo of herself standing next to a client who was also pregnant but shorter and carrying differently, which made the woman appear relatively less fit. Chontel kept her abdominal definition throughout her entire pregnancy.

5. Hannah Polites

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When your crop matches your @teamiblends tumbler. 💁💚 I’ve decided to see what the fuss is about and try their profit tea, all natural ingredients and safe during pregnancy. Definitely feeling less bloated and more energized 🙌 all my loves can get a discount using code HANNAHP 💚 #thankyouteami #6months #pregnant

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Australian fitness lover Hannah Polites grew famous for the teeny-tiny baby bump she showed off on Instagram during her sixth month of pregnancy.

6. Massy Arias

Now that one of Instagram’s first fitness stars, certified personal trainer Massy Arias, is expecting a baby girl, she’s getting all sorts of attention for her six-pack, which appears to remain pretty much intact more than 18 weeks into her pregnancy.

7. Melissa Bender

At 40 weeks pregnant, fitness blogger Melissa Bender still had super well-defined obliques.

8. Jess Hilgenberg

While fitness model Jess Hilgenberg put on 31 pounds during her pregnancy, she ate healthy, logged her food intake, and exercised the whole time. It could be why the expectant mom’s amazing abdominal definition didn’t disappear despite her growing baby belly.
9. Rebecca Williams

Certified personal trainer and spin instructor Rebecca Williams received some backlash for working out while she was pregnant. But the new mom stands by her decisions. “Taking care of ourselves is the best thing we can do, because it allows us to better take care of others,” she wrote in an Instagram caption.

10. Tracey Wheeler

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Fit girl Tracey Wheeler ran a 10K when she was six months pregnant. At 36-weeks pregnant, you can still see traces of her six-pack.

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Elizabeth Narins Senior fitness and health editor Elizabeth Narins is a Brooklyn, NY-based writer and a former senior editor at Cosmopolitan.com, where she wrote about fitness, health, and more.

This model’s 6-month baby bump is still a 6-pack

Despite having a body that most would envy, fitness model Sarah Stage is no stranger to people criticizing her physique.

Back in 2015, during her first pregnancy with son James, she posted a picture of herself in her ninth month of pregnancy.

Her super-toned stomach set off a “social media firestorm” with people commenting that her appearance was “f—ing weird” and that she should “go to a doctor.”

Two years on and the 33-year-old Instagram star is experiencing the same thing all over again, following the announcement that she is expecting her second child. But this time she has little patience for the haters.

Stage is now six months pregnant and recently posted a picture of her baby “bump.” But all most people can see is her well-defined abs.

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Good morning little baby 👶🏻 #HumpDay #BumpDay #24weekspregnant #6monthspregnant ALSO, so happy that you ladies are loving my Fitness Ebook, tag me in your progress pics 👀

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Comments on the Instagram post ranged from “what bump” and “I am so confused as to how this is possible” to the more brutal “six months pregnant? You are lying.”

Clearly fed up with the comments, Stage posted another picture of herself on the beach in a white bikini at six months pregnant, writing, “I’m at a place in my life where happiness, peace and joy are my priority. Especially being #6monthspregnant, there’s no room for any negativity so please take it elsewhere.

“Baby #2 is healthy and measuring just fine. I would think that after having James, who was born almost 9 lbs and healthy, people would be more understanding during this pregnancy and keep their ignorant comments to themselves … we are all different that’s what makes us special and unique!”

Unfortunately for Stage, it’s unlikely that the comments will stop after the baby is born.

Following James’ birth in 2015, she posted this picture of herself just four days after her (3.82kg) son was born, which unleashed a whole new slew of “you’re not normal” comments.

At the time of James’ birth, Stage told news.com.au that she had stayed in shape throughout her pregnancy by doing “light prenatal training” and Pilates, mainly working out her arms and legs.

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4 days post baby 🐣 . Total pregnancy weight gain was 28 pounds. I’m excited to resume my workouts in 5 weeks!! #JamesHunter #HealthyBaby #GrannyPanties. #postpartum

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“Can’t really do abs these days,” she joked.

She also reiterated that despite people saying that she was too thin during her pregnancy, she was happy and healthy.

“These days it’s seems like everyone has something to say, especially on social media. Most are very positive and I try to ignore any negative comments. My doctor says the baby is healthy and that’s all that matters to us.”

Sarah Stage, a model living in California, is six months pregnant with her second child—and that hasn’t kept her from working out. Stage recently posted an Instagram video showcasing her fitness routine, which involves things like lunges with weights, planks with her 2-year-old son on her back, and jump squats. Her regimen also included classic crunches—something that surprised and concerned many of her Instagram followers.

“Are you serious? There are certain exercises that can hurt you,” one Instagram user commented, adding that Stage shouldn’t get “so obsessed” with her body. “This is horrible what you are doing,” another added. “I think it’s OK to but not for your belly…Think about your unborn child and not what your body should look like.” A different commenter lamented that many expectant moms don’t think about what’s “best” for their pregnancies.

There are some considerations expectant mothers should take to make sure the workouts they’re doing are safe for them and their pregnancies. For example, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women avoid prolonged periods of lying on their backs, because that can put pressure on an artery that pumps oxygenated blood to your organs, tissues, and fetus.

As far as abs exercises go, things are a little complicated. Core-centric workouts aren’t dangerous for the fetus a woman is carrying, but they can make postpartum recovery more complicated for the expectant mother herself. Ali Handley, founder of BodyLove Pilates, previously told SELF that bodily changes that happen during pregnancy make many traditional abs exercises a “big no-no.” Why? Exercises that engage the six-pack can make abs separation—or diastasis recti—more severe after pregnancy. As your uterus expands during pregnancy, your left and right rectus abdominis (six-pack) muscles separate to make room. Diastasis recti is a common side effect of pregnancy, and many trainers think working your abs too hard during pregnancy can worsen the separation and make it harder to heal.

That said, the topic is still up for debate. A 2015 longitudinal study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy followed 84 pregnant women over a 32-week period and found that doing crunches late in the third trimester through 14 weeks postpartum could actually help lessen the effects of abs separation. Plus, a 2015 Physiotherapy review of eight studies on the subject (totaling 336 participants) concluded there’s not enough evidence to say whether one form of exercise is better than another when it comes to preventing diastasis recti.

Since the jury’s still out on this one, the best move (as always) is to talk to your doctor. Every woman is different, and every woman experiences pregnancy differently—there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. And Stage acknowledged that in her caption. “Baby is perfectly fine in my tummy—nice and safe—while I work out,” she wrote, noting that her doctor has given her the OK to continue exercising while pregnant. “If you’re expecting, please check with your doctor first since everyone is different!”

Moral of the story? Everyone should probably just leave Sarah Stage alone. She’s under the care of a doctor, and clearly she knows what she’s doing. Many of those Instagram commenters were undoubtedly coming from a place of genuine concern, and it’s OK to want someone you follow to be happy and healthy. But criticizing and insulting someone doesn’t help—regardless of whether you have their best interest in mind. The truth is, only a woman and her doctor can decide what’s best for her during and after pregnancy. So let’s leave those conversations up to them, shall we?

See Sarah Stage’s Instagram workout video below.

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How the Hell Do You Maintain Abs While Pregnant?

Earlier this week, photos of the Instagram model Sarah Stage went viral. They seemed like standard fitspo selfies: In one, Stage, impeccably contoured, is posed in front of a mirror in a bikini, her stomach flat and toned. But the hashtags on the post indicated that she was “#6monthspregnant.” What?

Reflexively trying to make sense of the image an caption, my first thought was that this woman is a very powerful witch. Stage, who is pregnant with her second child, also maintained a six-pack throughout her first pregnancy.

But Stage’s pregnancy, while perhaps rare, isn’t unique. There are quite a few anecdotes on the internet from women who didn’t realize they were pregnant because they had hardly gained any weight, and other women who know they’re pregnant but insist they never really showed.

“I never had a bump my first pregnancy,” one woman wrote on a forum. “I went to a theme park five days before my daughter was born, I waited on the exit side of the rides and people kept asking why I didn’t ride. No one believed I was nine months pregnant. Some women just don’t show much.”

When I spoke to Dr. Sherry A. Ross, an obstetrician, gynecologist, and author of She-ology, she confirmed that some pregnant women just don’t look pregnant. “Every woman carries and shows off their pregnancy differently,” Ross explained. “Taller women who have a larger midsection may not show off their pregnancy as obviously as shorter women. If a woman is six months or 24 weeks pregnant, the vast majority of naked women would have a noticeable pregnancy bump. The photos of Sarah Stage do not show a six month pregnancy bump, but this may be owed to unique genetics.” (Or a flattering camera angle, she adds.)

In addition, Stage, who hawks a fitness e-book and sponsored protein shakes on her Instagram, is clearly an exercise fanatic. Ross says that abdominal muscle mass could play a role. “The more abdominal muscular support and tightness that exists, the more likely the growing uterus will not ‘pop’ out early on in the pregnancy,” she explained. “If you have looseness in the abdominal area, the uterus will more easily lean forward or pop out and be seen sooner in the pregnancy.”

But, in terms of bump size, there’s no better or worse way to carry a pregnancy. The 33-year-old fitness mom has said that her pregnancy is perfectly healthy. However, Ross cautions, it is possible that a flat stomach during pregnancy could indicate a problem. “If a pregnant woman continues to have a small baby bump during the course of her pregnancy this may suggest she has a smaller baby than what would be considered normal growth,” she said. “Serial ultrasounds would show how well the baby is growing inside the uterus and if there was any cause for concern.”

HOW TO KEEP YOUR CORE STRONG THROUGH PREGNANCY

The main function of our abdominal muscles is to provide support for the lumbar spine and stabilize the joints of the pelvis. Our deep abdominal muscles combine with the diaphragm and the pelvic floor to enclose the contents of our abdomen creating a cylinder around the mid section. Each muscle constantly draws on the other muscles engaging a low intensity hold which creates the core stability we need for everyday movement.

Put a baby in the middle of the cylinder and that’s when things can go slightly out of whack. A growing baby belly means your anterior muscles (those at the front) stretch and your pelvis begins to tip forward – altering your ability to stabilize this region.

The good news is that nine months is a long time, and a baby bump grows at a gradual rate that your body is equipped to deal with.

During pregnancy your body is flooded with relaxin, which means your muscles become much more compliant to lengthening and stretching. Thanks to the relaxin the muscles in the abdominal cylinder can easily stretch in all directions. The only issue is when the abdominal muscles becoming increasingly elongated – the muscle fibers can no longer grip at their optimal length, and therefore they can’t generate enough tension to stabilize. This can cause a few challenges in the later stages of pregnancy, around the time when there’s a baby sitting on your pelvis and you need this control more than ever!

While the abdominal muscles can stretch significantly they typically don’t tear – however they can separate. Many women suffer structural lateral separation towards the end of their pregnancy. Technically called diastasis recti, this separation is when the connective tissue adhering the two parallel recti muscles to the midline stretches beyond just bouncing back. The actual separation of these muscles is not particularly painful, however it does compromise the structural integrity of the core.

The muscles of the core face their biggest challenge at the end of the nine months – when the baby needs to exit out of the bottom of the abdominal cylinder (aka the pelvic floor). It’s at this stage that this important link in the stability mechanism is lost, core stability is further compromised and the dysfunctions of a weakened pelvic floor can arise. In the case of caesarean births the weakened stability comes from the disruption to the abdominal wall.

But there’s no need to worry! However your baby enters the world, your body can handle it – and you can take action to alleviate any potential issues.

So what can you do to prepare your core for pregnancy?

It’s ideal to be as fit and strong as possible prior to getting pregnant. While pregnancy is not the time to introduce strenuous new training programs, exercise to strengthen the core can be very advantageous. “As your muscles stretch they naturally want to switch off, but if you exercise them it helps the brain keep the muscles activated and working,” advises Bryce Hastings, Physiotherapist and Head of Research at Les Mills. What’s more, if you train your abs during pregnancy it can lessen the degree of abdominal wall separation. Bryce recommends a focus on strengthening the lower abdominal muscles by adopting exercises such as the pelvic tilt. He suggests that pregnant women steer clear of crunches and integrated ab exercises (such as planks) in the later stages of pregnancy, as this is when there is already a lot of stress on the muscles.

Pregnancy is also a good time to start strengthening pelvic floor muscles – this is where kegel exercises come in. Bryce adds that it’s also a good idea to work on maintaining glute tone during pregnancy, as the glutes play an important role in helping support the sacroiliac joint, which can be put to the test once your baby arrives and the regular lifting and carrying kicks in. Bodyweight squats are a great exercise for this.

Diana Archer Mills, Les Mills Creative Director, also has some helpful advice when it comes to maintaining core strength during pregnancy. As a mother of four she has had plenty of experience balancing pregnancy and exercise, and has some simple tips for anyone keen to stay strong with a baby on board.

DIANA’S TOP TIPS FOR STAYING STRONG DURING PREGNANCY

  • Yoga or BODYBALANCE/BODYFLOW classes are great for strengthening and stretching, and there are lots of options to modify the exercises to suit different levels of fitness and stages of pregnancy. I aim to do regular classes throughout pregnancy, or until it becomes uncomfortable. I had to stop when I found it hard to lunge (as the baby was sitting so low) and during my last pregnancy when my belly was so enormous I couldn’t comfortably forward fold using any of the options.
  • Try to keep up the strength training. I have always done BODYPUMP up until my due date – there are so many options and almost every exercise strengthens the core while working the target muscle group.
  • Just keep moving no matter what! Even if it’s just walking up and down your stairs. Every little bit counts towards a stronger core.

Keen to learn more about working out while pregnant? Here’s where you’ll find all you need to know.

Find out more about how to retrain your abdominal muscles after birth by watching this instructional video:

For more guidance on how to bring your body back post birth check out these simple and safe post-pregnancy circuits.

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Is a Six-Pack While Pregnant Unhealthy?

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If it’s hard for you to believe that the woman in this photo is eight-and-a-half months pregnant, you’re not alone. The Internet has been going crazy ever since 30-year-old lingerie model Sarah Stage announced her pregnancy on Instagram last month with a photo showing off her defined abs and a barely-there baby bump.

Admittedly, we were curious too. So we asked an ob-gyn to break it down. Bottom line? “There’s no obvious explanation. This is not what normal pregnancy looks like at 34-weeks,” says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., and co-author of V Is for Vagina. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unhealthy, she says. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to explain her surprising appearance.

“Some women don’t show. The rectus muscles might be so well defined that they’re masking her growing uterus,” Dweck says. Not to mention, a lot of the way someone’s belly looks during pregnancy depends on how they are shaped on the inside. Different pelvic bone structures may predispose you to looking different on the outside, she explains. Other variables include the way the baby is facing, the size of the baby, and the amount of fluid around the baby. Plus, Dweck adds, “when you have your first baby, your muscles will remain tighter and more defined until you deliver and until the rectus muscles have the chance to separate.”

Pre- and post-natal fitness expert, Sara Haley agrees. “I actually don’t think she looks unhealthy at all. If you look at a picture before she was pregnant, she was teeny tiny. She’s definitely gained at least 20 pounds, which is what doctors recommend.” And based on the look of her oblique muscles, she’s clearly working out, Haley says. “The muscles I’m seeing on her are the ones that help support your growing baby, so that’s not a bad thing. That’s amazing, that’s going to help her bounce back.”

When it comes to exercising while pregnant, naysayers will probably always feel the need to weigh in, but as we’ve reported in the past (remember the nine-months pregnant woman who stirred up controversy for her CrossFit pics?), the two can go hand in hand, as long as you proceed with caution. “In general, exercise is definitely recommended if you were used to exercise beforehand. We usually tell people to moderate the intensity-75 percent to 80 percent of what they were doing beforehand,” Dweck says.

She also recommends hydrating well, and keeping your pulse rate below 140 beats per minute, as well as engaging in activities you would normally engage in pre-pregnancy-i.e. don’t decide to run a marathon for the first time! Haley also recommends avoiding putting too much pressure on the core, which can lead to ab separation or diastasis recti.

At the end of the day, only Stage’s doc can know whether she’s healthy or not. But as far as these experts are concerned, it’s nothing to be alarmed about. “Props to her for being able to figure out how to be pregnant and still do what she loves to do,” Haley says.

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Pregnant bellies come in many shapes and sizes, and they’re all beautiful. But when people on the internet saw the “baby bump” of fitness model Sarah Stage, they cried, “SORCERY!”

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In a photo she posted on Instagram this month with the hashtag #6monthspregnant, Stage did not have a bump—not even a cheeseburger baby. Instead, she displayed washboard abs worthy of a Sports Illustrated cover, causing those of us who do not have people growing in our bodies to instantly slump over our desks and tuck away the beef jerky we’ve been chewing on all day.

“What the what.” “You are lying.” “Where’s the baby?” Commenters were in denial that this could be biologically okay. While I myself had to slide the seat in my car all the way back until it could go no farther to accommodate my pregnant stomach, I have friends who, at nine months, looked like they maybe just ate a big burrito. Everyone’s pregnancy is different, and Stage had a similarly flat belly when she was carrying her first child, James, who was born almost 9 pounds and healthy.

Dr. Anthony Scialli, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and expert at MotherToBaby, tells me that it’s pretty common to be pregnant and not look pregnant. (Though having a six-pack is rare.)

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“Due to hormonal changes, the breasts may get larger and the abdomen may look bloated, but the uterus doesn’t come out of the pelvis until after three months,” Scialli says. “A woman with firm belly muscles might not show much of a bulge until she is seven months or more pregnant.”

Exercise is important during pregnancy—it’s been shown to improve mood and sleep patterns, and can allow for faster weight loss after the baby arrives—but there’s no one perfect pregnant body shape. “It is important to eat nutritiously and gain the appropriate amount of weight in pregnancy, since that is best for the woman and her baby,” Scialli says. “Women who are six months pregnant are allowed to look like they are pregnant, and should not feel the need to diet or exercise excessively.”

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Commenters are defending the ‘6 Pack Mom’ who flaunted a flat stomach at 9 months pregnant

The INSIDER Summary:

  • The “Six-Pack Mom,” model Sarah Stage, recently shared a workout video she created while almost 9 months pregnant.
  • Stage has been criticized for her looks and her decision to exercise while pregnant in the past.
  • She says that she will only stop working out if and when she feels too tired, uncomfortable, or if her doctor tells her otherwise.

People have a lot of opinions about Sarah Stage, the “Six-Pack Mom” who has been open on her desire to stay fit during and after pregnancy. To the dismay of critics, the model isn’t holding back when it comes to sharing her pregnancy workouts on social media — even at nine months pregnant. The Sun reports that she recently shared a video of herself doing exercises in the third trimester.

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In the caption portion of the video, which shows Stage with a flat stomach, she explains if and when she would ever stop exercising during pregnancy.

“A lot of you are asking me how much longer I plan on working out this pregnancy and the truth is until I feel too tired/uncomfortable or when my doctor advises me to stop,” Stage wrote. “Even though my workouts aren’t as intense and aren’t as frequent as before, I have noticed having more energy this pregnancy than last from exercising.”

The post received more than 250,000 likes and comments from both Stage’s supporters and critics.

“High five for being an active mom and helping your body stay strong throughout your pregnancy. I take my hat off to you,” one user wrote. “You are such an inspiration!! I don’t understand how somebody would hate on you that’s pure jealousy,” someone else commented.

“If a woman naturally doesn’t show much that is nature, this woman we are discussing is forcing it – massive difference,” someone commented.

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Of course there were others who tried to offer her health advice, saying she was doing too much at this stage.

“Your baby going to be 2lbs but you will say she so healthy when she has no room to grow properly because you want to impress ig and ppl who really don’t give a shit about you. if your baby come out deformed all these ppl on here is going to fake care and say awww sorry Sarah. Mental illness is real,” someone write.

In the past, Stage has claimed that she won’t let Instagram “experts” impact her decisions when it comes to her and her baby. That hasn’t changed, even with people still giving her a hard time.

As a previous INSIDER article reported, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says it is OK for healthy women to continue exercising during pregnancy. The organization does advise that moms-to-be avoid “long periods of lying flat on their backs,” explaining this can impact blood flow and potentially cause circulation and low blood pressure issues.

If your doctor gives you the go-ahead and you want to exercise then that is your decision. As Stage noted, she doesn’t want to “push my lifestyle on anyone” and is “only sharing what makes me feel great.”

“Here’s to all the Prego women out there trying to do the best they can for their baby and themselves,” Stage wrote at the end of the post.

For some women, doing what is best for their baby and themselves is exercising. For others, it is not. That decision should arguably be made by the mom-to-be and her doctor. Stage’s abs or looks while pregnant shouldn’t be other people’s concern. Being healthy looks different for everyone and no one, pregnant or not, should be subject to criticism based off of how they look.

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Photos of a 3-year-old with six-pack abs and toned biceps may seem startling to some people, but the boy’s mother insists it’s the result of her son’s love for all things physical rather than some parent-mandated fitness regimen.

“I feed him as healthily as possible, but he always has his head in the fridge and loves ice cream,” Dash’s mother, Ursula, told Daily Mail Australia. “The most I can hope for at this stage is to feed him well and encourage him. Who knows what the future will hold?”

Ursula, who did not disclose neither her nor her son’s last name, told the news website she first noticed the beginning of a six-pack in her son when she was changing his diaper about six months ago. While she considers herself and Dash’s father, who was not identified, as reasonably fit, that neither of them would say they’re fitness fanatics. She said her son’s love for exercise comes from his enjoyment of the outdoors.

“He’s outside every day, come rain or shine. I used to run with him in the pram when he was a baby, and as soon as he hit 2 , I took him out on what it thought would be a gentle jog,” she told Daily Mail Australia. “Dash ended up running 4 kilometers.” Four kilometers is equal to about 2 and a half miles.

Ursula, who lives in Canberra— Australia’s capital, inland from the country’s southeast coast— said she considers herself blessed to have such a healthy child. She said doctors predicted Dash would be born two weeks premature, but he ended up being born two weeks late and weighing 10 pounds, Daily Mail Australia reported.

“He started walking at 10 and a half months, has been climbing from the beginning, and does constant laps of the kitchen, climbing the coffee tables and kitchen sides— he has this constant energy,” Ursula told the news website.

Ursula documents her son’s tumbles and flips on an Instagram account that has more than 600 followers. She further told the news website that she would love for her son to continue being active, but she said she understands the most important thing is that he’s healthy.

Six-pack mummies draw fire for showing off their no-belly pregnancies

INSTAGRAM Are fit mums-to-be like Emma McVey and Sarah Stage setting unrealistic expectations for other women?

Recently, lingerie and fitness model Sarah Stage posted an Instagram photo of herself in a red bikini at nine months pregnant.

Her tummy had the slightest bulge, like she’d just enjoyed a big pasta lunch.

One month after giving birth to her second child by C-section, she posted another photo of herself in her white Calvin Klein bra and panties. She stood sideways to the camera to show her taut, tiny tummy.

“The combination of breastfeeding and following my nutrition guide from my website has gotten me to my pre baby weight, however we all have our own personal fitness goals and mine is to build more muscle,” she wrote. “How long did you wait until you started working out after baby?”

* Super-fit mum who had tiny bump gives birth to healthy baby boy
* Model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body
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The 33-year-old social media star has drawn fire during her pregnancy for posting photos of her no-belly pregnancy, made possible by the workout regimen she continued to follow. That’s how she earned her nickname, “six-pack mum”.

Stage and other pregnant celebrities who have become part of the no-bump trend continue to raise concerns among fans and physicians who worry that images of pregnant celebrities who don’t look pregnant set up unrealistic expectations for “ordinary” mothers-to-be.

Some doctors have criticised the media for continuing to showcase celebrity mums and their tiny bumps, seemingly glorifying the look.

Gaining weight during pregnancy is natural and normal, doctors say, and dieting during pregnancy can put women at risk for premature delivery and babies with low birth weights.

Celebrities feel different pressures about their bodies and the way they look from women outside the spotlight, so it’s unrealistic for other women to emulate them, British physician Tatiana Lapa told The Daily Mail.

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“There are lots of benefits to keeping the baby bump from view,” Lapa said. “It enables these celebs to continue work such as filming and photo shoots.

“A seemingly unchanging physique can also help minimise the scrutiny of the media. Also, avoiding excess weight gain during pregnancy means they have less to lose after the baby is born.”

Lapa said she encourages all women “to focus on health and fitness rather than absolute measures of weight”, she said. “The fact is, you’re likely to be eating more, exercising less and retaining more water. The scales are probably going to be showing an increase and that is totally normal and healthy.”

Parent Herald, a parenting publication, took notice of the growing no-bump trend last year.

“Keeping a slim figure while pregnant is achievable. What mothers must keep in mind, however, is that for this to happen, there should still be an effort to eat healthy for the sake of the baby,” the magazine warned.

“It’s the same principle for when doctors advise mums not to overeat and gain too much weight during the pregnancy. The bottom line is a healthy weight gain gives pregnant mums an easier time during the birth as well as recovering after birth.”

British model Emma McVey has been slammed in recent weeks by people criticising her tiny baby bump. She is due in January with her first child.

Recently she posted a photo of herself in a bikini to mark her sixth month.

According to The Mirror, she was flooded with nasty comments from people who said the picture was “depressing” and “wrong in so many ways”.

#thirdtrimester #januarybaby #minigary 👶🏼💙 @gazgshore

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“How is she 6 months pregnant I look like that after thinking about bread,” joked one commenter.

Another wrote: “How on earth is there a baby in there? My stomach’s 10x this size and I’m not pregnant.”

Stage hit back at the people who criticised her for working out late into her pregnancy.

“As I’m nearing #8months I’ve wanted to share what’s been on my mind. Since I’ve announced my second pregnancy, I’ve had certain ‘Instagram medical experts’ tell me what I should and shouldn’t do,” she wrote in the caption of a workout video she posted.

“And while I find some of the comments hilarious, I choose to only listen to my OBGYN and of course I also listen to MY body. If something feels off, I don’t do it! I always do what’s best for my growing baby and put him first!”

Stage kept up her workouts – at a lower intensity – throughout her pregnancy.

“It’s a proven medical fact that continuing exercising while pregnant has many health benefits for you and baby,” Stage wrote. “There are also some people who assume that since I am exercising while pregnant, that I’m obsessed with how I ‘look’ but in fact I’m obsessed with maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will give my baby and myself the best possible quality of life.”

Exercising during pregnancy is entirely safe, Joanne Stone, the director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System, told People. The most important thing is for mums-to-be to do what’s comfortable, she said.

“It all depends on how you feel, really,” Stone told People. “There are studies that show that people who exercise have fewer pregnancy-related symptoms, so if you still feel up to it then I feel like it’s great. People who exercise feel much better than people who don’t exercise.”

“I think it’s about comfort, what feels good.”

– The Kansas City Star

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Model Sarah Stage has found herself in the midst of an internet firestorm after posting a snap of herself in a bikini. The reason – Sarah is currently eight months pregnant – however, her belly is barely there … at all.

Sarah shot to stardom in 2015 when she shared pics of her tiny baby bump when pregnant with her first child. In June, two years after welcoming that child, son James Hunter, Sarah announced she is expecting her second child.

There’s a baby in there – apparently. Image: Instagram/@sarahstage

Just like before, the L.A.-based mom has been documenting her non-existent baby bump on Instagram, but new photos had some fans speculating whether she uses Photoshop, revealed US Weekly.

Sarah has only more month before her baby is due, but a picture posted to Instagram two days ago just beggars belief – even for Sarah.

In the shot the soon-to-be mama of two is wearing a daring white bikini. She has a slight swelling in her mid-section but little more than what the rest of us experience after a heavy lunch. Her six-pack abs are clearly visible.

And then this shot – just a few hours later. Okay. So there may be a baby in there after all. Image: Instagram/@sarahstage

The moment she posted the shot her fans/haters began commenting.

“Eat like a normal human whose pregnant you freak,” wrote one.

“That’s just plan weird,” wrote another.

“What the actual F%$#,” shared one baffled follower.

“Where is the baby?” asked yet another.

Then a second picture began to circulate on the internet. It was said to have been snapped on the same day the dazzling white bikini photo was posted. The only thing was, in the picture Sarah looked like a relatively normal, albeit trim, pregnant woman in a baggy T-shirt and boyfriend jeans.

Not surprisingly the accusations and rumours began to fly.

The model as she usually appears – pretty damn impressive by anyone’s standards. Image: Getty.

There was talk that Sarah had used Photoshop to edit out her baby bump and that while fit, was nothing like she appeared in the famed Instagram pregnancy shots. US Weekly reported that her rep denies this.

“Sarah would never Photoshop any photo,” the viral star’s rep Anthoni Allen told the magazine.

“She shares her images with her audience to embrace all different body types and her pregnancy. She’s been shamed through both pregnancies. She’s trying to put her journey out there to encourage others.”

Sarah has since posted several images and even a video of herself and she does appear to be tiny – like, seriously tiny. It would seem that she is truly is the real deal. And maybe, this is nothing more than a case of the internet on a witch hunt. Let’s face it. It’s happened before. And it will likely happen again.

In our opinion, Sarah looks to be an unusually fit and happy mama. And surely that’s a good thing?

Six pack after pregnancy

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