Taut and tiny baby bumps cause back­lash

Doc­tors worry that the trend glo­ri­fies the small stom­achs of celebri­ties, In­sta­gram stars

The Hamilton Spectator - - TOO GOOD TO MISS - LISA GU­TIER­REZ

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 bra and panties. She stood side­ways to show her taut 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. The so­cial me­dia star has drawn fire for post­ing pho­tos of her no­belly preg­nancy, made pos­si­ble by the work­out reg­i­men she con­tin­ued to fol­low. That’s how she earned her nick­name, “six-pack mom.”

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 crit­i­cized the me­dia for show­cas­ing celebrity moms and their tiny bumps, seem­ingly glo­ri­fy­ing the look.

Gain­ing weight dur­ing preg­nancy is 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 from women out­side the spot­light, so it’s un­re­al­is­tic for other women to em­u­late them, Bri­tish physi­cian Ta­tiana Lapa told the Daily Mail.

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 moms not to overeat and gain too much weight dur­ing the preg­nancy. The bot­tom line is a healthy weight gain gives preg­nant moms an eas­ier time dur­ing the birth as well as re­cov­er­ing af­ter birth.”

Stage hit back at the peo­ple who crit­i­cized 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 OB/GYN 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 moms-to-be to do what’s com­fort­able, she said.

DREAM­STIME

Preg­nant celebri­ties who have be­come part of the no-baby-bump trend are rais­ing con­cerns among physi­cians who worry about ev­ery­day women tak­ing cues from them.

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