It’s hard to believe this fitness blogger is 6 months pregnant
Posted July 25
Updated July 27
Fitness blogger Sarah Stage is six months pregnant, but you’d never know it by looking at her. Although she is 26 weeks along in her second pregnancy, Stage is sporting toned abs that most non-pregnant women could only dream of. Check out this shot from her Instagram, where she flaunts her perfectly-flat tummy in a bikini while at the beach with her son.
This is nothing new for Stage, who shocked and puzzled people with her muscular stomach and barely-there baby bump during her first pregnancy back in 2015. Although critics questioned whether it was healthy to remain so toned and slim during pregnancy, her baby was born completely healthy, weighing in at 8.7 pounds and 22 inches. Here she is at nine months pregnant with her first child, and it’s pretty hard to see where those nearly nine pounds of baby could be hiding!
So how does Stage pull off such an enviable beach body while growing a human? Sticking with her workout routine, for one thing.
"I consulted with my trainer and my doctor just to make sure that it would be okay to continue [working out], and they just said to lower the weight," she told People. "If you listen to your body, it's going to tell you if it's too heavy. I'm doing a little bit less, I'm not going as aggressive as I normally do. I have to hold back, but that's okay."
While you may think Stage’s case is fairly unique, she’s not alone. Fitness star Chontel Duncan shared this side-by-side photo of her and her client, both at the same stage in their pregnancies, to prove just how different baby bumps can look on two different women.
Experts confirm that differing sizes and shapes of baby bumps are all completely normal, with many factors impacting how a woman will look while pregnant. A woman’s height, fitness level and size of the baby all affect how her bump (or lack thereof) will appear. The size of a woman’s bump also tends to increase based on the number of children she’s had, with most women sporting a smaller bump for their first baby than they will during subsequent pregnancies.
Bottom line-no matter its size or shape, a baby bump is something to be proud of!