You may not know who Sarah Stage is yet, but she’s becoming a name in the modelling industry. Unfortunately, it’s not for the reasons you might think. The exceptionally fit 30-year-old model has come under intense scrutiny lately because she’s…8.5 months pregnant.
Molly Sims recently took the young mom-to-be to task on Entertainment Tonight, saying “She’s not normal! It’s not normal!” On the other hand, Rachel Zoe recounted a time during her first pregnancy, when she was worried about her own minimal weight gain. “I was panicked. I was like, ‘What is wrong?,’ and the second one, you get bigger quicker because your body remembers,” said Zoe. “Some people are built smaller. I just think your body tells you what you need to do.”
Now, both Sims and Zoe are not doctors, but they are moms who have gone through the motions of popping a baby (or two) out. And even then, their viewpoints are divided. That theme has carried through to the Internet, where Stage has both supporters and protesters. So, what is normal? Can a mom-to-be at 8.5 months have abs?
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Well, abdominal exercises are actually super common, even into the third trimester. Of course, by that time, moms are instructed to perform more moderate and low-impact exercises. And while exercising during your pregnancy is mostly fine, it’s important to check with your doctor before you start anything. And yeah, during your pregnancy, it is not wise (or advised) to start a new method of training. Your body should be accommodating pregnancy, not navigating around it.
So, having ab definition isn’t impossible. While the most common 8.5 month body may look a little different than Stage, her figure isn’t necessarily irregular. She isn’t the first mom-in-the-making to not balloon up.