By Celine Kerik
Recently, model Sarah Stage had to defend her tiny baby bump due to people criticizing her for being too skinny during her 8th month of pregnancy.
People are being too critical of this woman, especially since she is healthy. They should mind their own business and stop judging.
Many have criticized Stage on her Instagram page, saying that it is not healthy to be that thin. But this woman gained 20 pounds, and gaining 20 pounds is considered healthy. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, gaining 20-40 pounds throughout pregnancy is okay. Since she is young (30 years old), slim and tall, and especially since this is her first baby, it’s not unusual for her to have such a tiny baby bump. Stage and her doctors believe that she will grow larger in the couple of weeks she has left.
People should mind their own business and shouldn’t comment on her Instagram account if they disagree with her weight and image. One woman commented, ”Where’s this baby hiding at?? Definitely not her tummy!!” Another wrote that Stage should seek medical attention because she does not look healthy. These people obviously don’t know her medical record, so they should not even have an opinion.
Some of the comments are considered to be cyberbullying. If this woman had to go on national television to explain herself, then it shows how hurt she is.
“I don’t know how someone could say something like that to a pregnant woman,” Stage explained. “I think that is so rude. My baby is healthy and we are happy.”
Stage should feel confident and have the feeling of joy in her heart, rather than regret posting her journey through pregnancy on social media because of other people’s nasty comments.
Many say that even though she gained weight, she is not healthy because the baby can feel bounded by lack of room in her body. Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains “The fact that she looks skinny on Instagram does not mean her baby growth is restricted or too small. It has nothing to do if you can see her muscles if her uterus is the perfect size and she has gained an amount of weight that is acceptable.”
Not only is she healthy, but she works out with a specialized trainer who helps pregnant women who want to stay fit throughout their journey. Doctors and specialists say that you can lose up to 20 pounds during the first 2 weeks after the baby is born, which means that Stage will look just like she did before the pregnancy. She can start working again whenever she feels ready after the 2 weeks.
People need to stop tormenting Stage and should give her compliments on how beautiful she is, and tell her that she is going to be an amazing mother, because that’s what every woman should hear when she is creating a new life inside of her. As women, we should be complimenting each other instead of bringing each other down.