Love her or hate her, this image proves all women's bodies are amazing.
Remember fit mom Chontel Duncan, whose side-by-side pregnant belly photos sparked a hot debate online?
Well, after working out throughout her pregnancy, last month the trainer welcomed a healthy baby boy, named Jeremiah Thomas Duncan. And now a photographer has captured an amazing image that shows how Chontel's body changed throughout her pregnancy, and after.
The fit mom shared the belly collage on her Facebook page, writing in part, "so happy I did a bump progression shoot! OMG the changes in my bump from week 37 to 39 is crazy. Big thanks to my girl Mel @captured_dreams_by_melanie for capturing every step on my pregnancy."
The progression tells the visual tale of how Chontel's body changed from weeks 19 through 42 of her pregnancy journey.
At the beginning, we see a teeny, tiny bump, which slowly grows over the next 20 weeks, and by the end, the buff mama is holding her son—and appears to have no residual belly fat in sight.
It is amazing to see how much her bump grows toward the end. But my favorite thing about this progression is that whether you agree with Chontel's decision to post side-by-side pregnant belly shots on social media, it proves all women's bodies are simply amazing. They can grow, and support life, and then bring it forth into the world, in just 40 weeks.
Of course, one other thing I notice in this series of bump photos is that they all feature abdominal muscles. Which it totally how my pregnancy progression photo shoot would look, in case you were wondering.
What do you think of this image?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.