In This Viral Photo, Both Women are Heavily Pregnant, Thus Showing How Every Pregnancy Looks Different
If there's anything we've learnt about pregnancy, it's that we still don't really know much. We all gaped at our screens when Sarah Stage shared her pregnancy pictures—and we gaped because somehow she still had abs while pregnant.
Of course, she received heavy criticism for looking like a non-traditional pregnant woman at 8 and 1\2 months, but she delivered a healthy baby boy, so everything seems good.
And now, fitness model Chontel Duncan is using her Instagram to show the world how the only photo we're used to seeing of pregnant women - with huge tummies - may not be the only way they can look. And, most importantly, that every pregnancy is different.
I was surprised with a cute visit today from a friend Nat who is also expecting 💕 Just being able to see someone in the flesh, rub her tummy, hear how incredible her journey has been so far, how healthy baby is & all the fun talk about kicks, food, names etc was beautiful. This is Nat's 3rd pregnancy so she had a lot of great advice to share ☺️ It's very clear in this photo just how tall I am, I mean my chin sits above Nat's head lol We worked out that we are 4 weeks apart, so our little ones will be the same age, same grade at school and potential best buds hehehehe..... Nat's due start of March & I'm due end of March. Each women carries different and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy etc. We both have healthy growing babies & we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing & full of energy. #21.5weeks #expecting #march2016 #pregnant #love #happiness #Babyduncan
This photo, taken in November, features Duncan and her friend, Natalie Smith, and while it looks like Duncan is barely pregnant at 21 weeks, and Smith is heavily pregnant, both women are only 4 weeks apart. Smith is due to deliver at the beginning of March, and Duncan, at the end of March.
Duncan writes, “Each woman carries differently and this most certainly doesn’t mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy. We both have healthy growing babies and we both have had incredible pregnancies so far.”
Duncan has received her fair share of criticism from people who think heavy exercise during pregnancy is wrong, even though doctors have said clearly that it's perfectly fine. Duncan decided then that it was important for her to document her pregnancy, “because it seems that we are misled to believe that we are more fragile than we really are. We lose focus on one of the most important components (of a healthy pregnancy,) keeping ourselves physically and mentally strong.”
Her last pregnancy update was on 9th March, where she was at a very healthy 37 weeks, and still looking perfectly happy.
BUMP UPDATE 🍼 37 weeks.... Only 21 days to go 🙈 Well well Little D you have caused quiet a commotion, you are most certainly making your entrance into this world noticeable. But seriously "what a week" 😳 did not expect that, can not believe how many people are apparently doctors, how easily people can slam a pregnant women, but more importantly how INCREDIBLE absolute strangers are. I don't think there are any words that could describe just how humbled I am to see absolute strangers support my lifestyle, pregnancy, my unborn child & give me the respect I think I deserve for putting in the effort to maintain my habits whilst pregnant. For a women to consider falling pregnant is a HUGE decision it's a permanent decision, not just the physical demands, the risk, but you're preparing to sacrifice your very being to be this little persons everything for as long as you live. Then there's conceiving, you couldn't feel more pressure if you tried, it's extremely difficult for so many women, I am extremely grateful I fell first go, but I am close to so many whom have struggled greatly. Now you're pregnant the physical changes, the tests & the realisation that it's happening is prominent. What if you're told at 12 weeks your child is at great risk or what if you miscarry 😕 it's emotionally hectic!!!! You get through all that & you know that from here on out what you feel emotionally the baby will feel, you know what you eat the baby will eat & you know that your physical health will impact the babies as he/she develops within. You make everyday the best so at the end of the journey you can hold your head high I know that you brought this little person up the best possible way you could... You realise that school did NOT set you up to understand child birth or how to prepare for a child, so you walk into this overwhelming world of preparing for parenthood. So much to learn... 😩 BUT wait then there's critics, well in my case a lot of them. They pick and pull you apart, I had ppl at the beginning excited to see me blow out, see me quit at my career because apparently it's not possible to do both... TO CONTINUE READING HIT THE LINK 📲 IN MY BIO (Wearing @aimn.oceania)
So, if there's anything we've learnt from Duncan, it is this—no one has the right to talk to a pregnant woman about her body, because none of us even has an idea of what she's dealing with. So let's shove the criticism, and simply celebrate these women who have the guts to deal with everything a pregnancy brings, with a smile.