Two Women Show How Different Baby Bumps Can Look

There's no "right" way for a baby bump to look. To illustrate that point, two pregnant friends are sharing a photo featuring their very different shapes.

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Women come in all different shapes and sizes. We know that by now—so why do people still feel the need to comment on the size of someone's baby bump?

You may think you're paying someone a compliment if you tell her that she's looking tiny during her pregnancy, but the truth is, a comment like that might leave her paranoid that something's wrong (even when a doc says there isn't). To make that point, two female friends who are due just four weeks apart have posed together to show that bumps can look completely different at the same stage of pregnancy depending on so many factors.

Chontel Duncan, a fitness enthusiast and model, has been sharing photos of herself throughout her pregnancy. She's a gorgeous woman with an incredibly toned body—and thanks to the fact that she works out so much, she has a great set of abs even though she's almost at the end of her pregnancy. As some commenters have put it, she doesn't look so different than some women do after eating a big meal. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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BUMP UPDATE 🍼 36 weeks... only 28 days to go 🙊 Boy do I feel pregnant, this tummy is massive, heavy, makes sitting up so difficult, rolling over in bed a funny task, trying my sneakers hard work & my back has its moments where it throbs. It's exciting because these are all NEW signs & signs that mean Little D is almost here. I'm interested to know where my waters will break hahaha... (If they do) Imagine if they broke this weekend at the hens in the valley or next weekend at my challenge break up party in the city OR while training in front of my clients hehehe... would be hilarious!!!! As of next week I have been instructed to commence some useful techniques to help bring on labour; 1) have sex daily 🙉 most hilarious convo 2) stimulate my nipples every time I use the bathroom 🙊 3) increase my raspberry leaf tablets to 6 per day 💊 Predictions are that I'll labour around 4hrs & push for 30mins... fingers crossed these predictions are correct, that just sounds like a dream come true!!! But we will just have to wait & see... Drugs... I plan to go gas if needed, defiantly no pethidine & epidural would be considered as an absolute last resort. I want to use the shower, exercise ball, stand as much as possible & play my music to help calm any nerves of needed. I've been doing collaborative care, which is private for all of my appointments & public for delivery, then private for all post natal appointments. The public system can (if I have a completely normal delivery) send me home within 6hrs of birth 😳 isn't that crazy to think... I could labour for 4hrs, rest for 6hrs and be at home all within 10hrs of my first active labour contraction. Watched USA "one born every min", made my husband & I get so excited. I'm defiantly going to ask to pull Little D out like Kortney Kardashian did lol & I hope to god I don't scream hahaha... I've officially gained... TO CONTINUE READING CLICK MY LINK IN MY BIO TO MY FACEBOOK.📲

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"People think I'm harming my baby ... and that I'm all about staying skinny and not nourishing my little D," Duncan told Us Weekly. "I know it's hard to believe that someone can carry a child the way I am, but in reality, a lot of women carry like me."

Duncan and her friend, a woman who was due just four weeks earlier than Duncan, posed for a photo to show how different a certain phase of pregnancy can look on different people. The photo was posted back in November but just went viral a few days ago.

"Each women [sic] carries different and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy," Duncan posted alongside the photo. "We both have healthy growing babies & we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing & full of energy."

Duncan is very tall—6'1"—so naturally, a bump is going to look different on her than it does a shorter woman. Of course, her active lifestyle also influences the way her bump looks, as does that fact that some women simply carry smaller. It's about time we kept that in mind when discussing the shapes of pregnant women.