Women come in all different shapes and sizes. We know that by now—so why do people still feel the need to comment on the size of someone's baby bump?
You may think you're paying someone a compliment if you tell her that she's looking tiny during her pregnancy, but the truth is, a comment like that might leave her paranoid that something's wrong (even when a doc says there isn't). To make that point, two female friends who are due just four weeks apart have posed together to show that bumps can look completely different at the same stage of pregnancy depending on so many factors.
Chontel Duncan, a fitness enthusiast and model, has been sharing photos of herself throughout her pregnancy. She's a fit woman with an incredibly toned body—and thanks to the fact that she works out so much, she has a great set of abs even though she's far along in her pregnancy. As some commenters have put it, she doesn't look so different than some women do after eating a big meal. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.
"People think I'm harming my baby ... and that I'm all about staying skinny and not nourishing my little D," Duncan told Us Weekly. "I know it's hard to believe that someone can carry a child the way I am, but in reality, a lot of women carry like me."
Duncan and her friend, a woman who was due just four weeks earlier than Duncan, posed for a photo to show how different a certain phase of pregnancy can look on different people. The photo was posted back in November 2015.
"Each women [sic] carries different and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy," Duncan posted alongside the photo. "We both have healthy growing babies & we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing & full of energy."
Duncan is very tall—6'1"—so naturally, a bump is going to look different on her than it does a shorter woman. Of course, her active lifestyle also influences the way her bump looks, as does that fact that some women simply carry smaller. It's about time we kept that in mind when discussing the shapes of pregnant women.