When model Sarah Stage posted a pregnancy selfie on Instagram, her bump become one of the most hotly debated topics on the internet. The pictures of the lingerie model made headlines around the world and drew concern from some who say her bump is too small. Whilst others criticised her sculpted pregnancy body.
Posing in a white bikini at 37-weeks pregnant, Sarah commented: "He is growing so much! WHITE BIKINI from@dollswimwear #37weeks"
The 30-year-old LA-based model claims to have gained 18 lbs (8kg) during her pregnancy but while she is happy with her baby's progress – others have been quick to comment that her shape is "unhealthy". "Your baby must be unhealthy and tiny if you're that small and already 9 months," one Instagram user commented. "Where is he growing?" another added.
In her most recent picture, Sarah poses in a black low-cut dress against a white wall. Her waist is still clearly defined and thanks to the black dress we can barely see her 37-week baby bump. But this time the model found plenty of supporters in her comments. "I heard some of the same things my entire pregnancy!" one Instagram user commented. "You look tall. Babies don't show as much with taller moms. I'm proof of that to anyone who thinks her child is malnourished! Don't let these cruel comments get you down Sarah."
Is there a 'right' size for your baby bump?
Well, the short answer is no. Baby bumps come in all shapes and sizes and it's no indication of your baby's weight. Elsewhere, how much weight you need to gain during pregnancy depends on various factors, including your pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index (BMI).
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