Revie Jane Schulz has an incredibly important message for anyone who feels the need to comment on a pregnant woman's appearance.
Like Chontel Duncan, Sarah Stage and countless other social media-savvy moms, Revie Jane Schulz has had to endure ignorant, body-shaming comments during her pregnancy. Unlike many of those other women—who were called out for being "too small" while carrying—Schulz was shamed for having a larger baby bump than others expected her to at her particular stage of pregnancy.
The Australian mother welcomed her daughter, Lexington, back in April, but she recently chose to reflect on one of the more unpleasant aspects of her pregnancy—and her story is gaining traction because she uses it to make an important point.
Shulz recalls her 24th week of pregnancy, a time when she "looked full-term," according to some. The gorgeous fitness enthusiast was out shopping when a shop assistant felt the need to point out her own friend had a smaller bump at 36 weeks than Shulz did at 24 weeks—which is completely normal because newsflash: every pregnancy is unique.
Me at #24Weeks and I looked like a lot of people's full term 😳 I know a lot of you babes on here are mama's to be so here is a throwback for you. I posted this after so many comments were thrown my way for having a massive bump. I was so fed up, even when I had tried on this dress and the shop assistant said "Holy moly! My friend is 36 weeks and you're only 24 weeks and you're WAY bigger than her!" She repeated this to the lady in the next changing room to me. I cried while I tried the dress on. I got it everywhere I went and it did make me want to hide away. It's tough, you're carrying a human, your body is dramatically changing, more than you ever expected and then to rub salt in it, strangers feel the need to comment every time you're out in public. Here's a tip, don't mention the size of a bump. No "you're so big!'s" No "oh! You're so tiny!'s" Just say something like "you look beautiful/ healthy/ amazing!" 💕 • • • REPOST • • • "Oh babe, wait, my hair!" Turned into a nice profile shot of baby. Now before you ask, I'm 24 Weeks and before you compare your bump to mine, or hers to mine, or whatever, remember we're all totally, respectfully different. Yes, there is just one in there. Yes, I have my dates right. I'm just amazing at growing a big human 🌷 no matter what size, remember this, you're creating a miracle. Some of you have asked when we're finding out gender and the answer is, when we meet him or her! 🌸🚙 Love xo #reviejanesbump #24weeks #24weekspregnant #mybump #stylishbump #mamatobe #pregnancy Ps Dress is from @dissh_boutiques
"It's tough, you're carrying a human, your body is dramatically changing, more than you ever expected and then to rub salt in it, strangers feel the need to comment every time you're out in public," Shulz wrote alongside a photo of herself posing in a stunning formfitting dress.
She also shared some advice with her followers: "Here's a tip," Shulz posted. "Don't mention the size of a bump. No "you're so big!'s" No "oh! You're so tiny!'s" Just say something like "you look beautiful/ healthy/ amazing!"
We couldn't agree with her more. Another woman's physique is none of your business (unless you're her doctor) and a pregnant woman's body is certainly not up for criticism. Shulz appears happy and healthy—and that's really all that matters.