Chontel Duncan shared a photo of her amazing postpartum body—and sadly, she had to include a message to ward off negative comments.
Chontel Duncan had a six-pack before she got pregnant. She had abs during her first pregnancy, then again during her second. And now, at just two weeks postpartum, the mom has a seriously toned midsection because, well, that's how her body is. While Duncan's slender figure is definitely amazing, it's also her normal. She's obviously a genetically slender woman, and she works her butt off to maintain an intensely high fitness level. After all, being in amazing shape is sort of this fitness influencer's job!
But she still gets unecessary comments about the way she looks. The mother of two shared a series of photos of her post-C-section body along with a message urging her followers to avoid "saying anything negative". Which, if you ask us, is incredibly telling—why do moms have to preemptively ward off negativity just because they look a certain way?
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Now before anyone jumps down my throat saying anything negative think before you type 🤔 everyone is unique and different in their own special way. There is no "one" journey or one way, this is my "normal". No one is forced to follow my account/s, I openly share my life for all who appreciate it, that includes the highs and the lows. I am only one person, so therefore I cannot possible relate to everyone's experience. If your instant response isn't positive I challenge you to see beyond your negativity and find the kindness within. I was blessed to conceive, blessed to experience no sickness, I did experience discomfort & tiredness, but overall I had a very enjoyable pregnancy. Could not be more grateful ☺️ I grew a full term 8 pound baby, delivering through c-section on the 20th Sept which is when that bump photo was taken. A week later I took my first "post pregnancy" progression photo. (As shown above) In a weeks time I start my very own 8 week transformation program @hiit_australia for the first few weeks it will be all about the nutrition plan. When I am given the all clear I will incorporate light walking and eventually be able to go back to training. I plan to keep you all up to date as I find my new routine as a mummy of 2 beautiful blessings.
"Everyone is unique and different in their own special way," Duncan wrote alongside the photo. "There is no 'one' journey or one way, this is my 'normal'. No one is forced to follow my account/s, I openly share my life for all who appreciate it, that includes the highs and the lows. I am only one person, so therefore I cannot possibly relate to everyone's experience. If your instant response isn't positive I challenge you to see beyond your negativity and find the kindness within."
Duncan's point is spot-on: Everyone's experience feels and looks different, and it's just senseless to judge anyone else. Duncan is no stranger to criticism: She's even slammed an article for positioning her likeness alongside a piece about pregorexia and posed bump-to-bump with a fellow preggo to point out that baby bumps all look different.
We say, this mama works hard at the gym and shouldn't take any flack for her incredible postpartum abs. Whether you look similar to Duncan or are still sporting a big bump at two weeks postpartum, it's all good! As long as you're taking care of yourself and your doctor is unconcerned, nothing else matters. Every woman looks different before, during and yes, after, pregnancy. We wish more people could remember that—and that Duncan didn't have to make a disclaimer on her own photo.