Pregnant bodybuilder Stacie Venagro is proving muscles and a baby bump can coexist!
She's not the first mom to showcase enviable pregnancy abs (remember Sarah Stage?), but Stacie Venagro is certainly getting attention for her baby bump six-pack. That's because at 31 weeks along, this mom-to-be is still flaunting an abdominal region worthy of a bodybuilding competition. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Venagro is three-time World Miss Fitness America Pro and winner of Miss Fitness Universe!
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Although the firsttime mama has chronicled her buff pregnancy bod on Instragram, surprisingly, she hasn't been the target of too many judgmental comments. "I have to say, I'm shocked," Venagro told Mom.me about the lack of trolling on her social media pages. "My friends and people in the fitness world have been extremely supportive. They know that I'm embracing this pregnancy, I'm embracing my body's changes."
Still, the fitness competitor is sticking to a very strict diet it seems, adding just 200 extra calories per day for baby. Here's an example of what Venagro eats on a daily basis:
"I'll have an Isagenix shake, adding blueberries, chia and flax seeds, frozen berries, ice, water, coconut oil and powdered peanut butter. That takes it from 270 calories to more than 400 calories. My next meal is something like egg whites, Ezekiel toast and spinach. Lunch today was a cup of Pasta e fagioli, chicken with green beans and roasted potatoes, all in a sensible portion, and mousse cake for dessert. At night, I'll have a shake or a bar."
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Venagro has also kept up with her workouts, although she isn't looking to add weight to her resistance training, and stays off her back. Her advice to other pregnant women is to do what's best for them, and not compare themselves to others. "Listening to the doctors and making sure you are on track is all you need. Don't let someone else's negativity ruin your day or even stress you out during your own pregnancy," she says. To which I say, Amen!
Each pregnancy is different, and while, yes, I would kill to have pregnancy abs like this soon-to-be mom (and um, when I'm not pregnant, too), this is her pregnancy, as a fierce fitness competitor. It's not going to look like my pregnancy as an average person who works out to stay healthy, avoid adding extra pounds, and just have fun.
So good for her! Stacie, you are an inspiration!
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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.