Viral Photo Shows How Exercise Can Change a Pregnant Body

You'll never believe how different this woman looked from one pregnancy to another.

Think there's nothing much you can do about the shape of your belly and body during pregnancy? You might want to think again.

According to Australian fitness enthusiast Sophie Guidolin, exercise can completely change the shape your body takes when you're expecting. Why does she believe this so strongly? Because her own body's transformation was completely different during her third pregnancy than it was during an earlier pregnancy...despite the fact that she carried twins the third time around.

The 27-year-old mom posted a side-by-side comparison shot on Instagram showing her two pregnancies. The first pic was taken in 2008 and shows Guildolin with a larger baby bump. The second, taken in 2015, shows Guidolin sporting a barely-there bump—despite the fact that she was at same point in gestation in both photos. She credits proper nutrition and exercise for the difference.

Today someone commented on this photo that I posted last year and it truly reminded me how blessed I am to have been able to experience a fit, active & healthy pregnancy vs my first two pregnancies. Both photos are the same gestation of weeks. 🌴The photo on the left is ONE baby, the photo on the right is with the TWINS. 🤔 How crazy is that for a comparison?!? I love a big baby bump as much as the next person, however how I felt is the crazy comparison for me (I wish we could step into others shoes for 5 minutes to really appreciate the 'feels' 🙊😂) in the first photo my nutrition was so so poor and my recovery was really long. With the twins, my nutrition knowledge was so much better so I knew how to nourish my body (and babies!) to assist with pregnancy and my bodies recovery postpartum. 😚 so crazy for me to compare! 😝 So incredibly blessed to have 4 beautiful children 🙌🏻 I'm having a flash sale on my recipe books 25% off- link is in my bio 😘👌🏼🍓🌷🌴 #wholefoods #changeyourlife #blessed #gratitude #appreciation

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"How crazy is that for a comparison?!? I love a big baby bump as much as the next person, however how I felt is the crazy comparison for me (I wish we could step into others shoes for 5 minutes to really appreciate the 'feels' ) in the first photo my nutrition was so so poor and my recovery was really long. With the twins, my nutrition knowledge was so much better so I knew how to nourish my body (and babies!) to assist with pregnancy and my bodies recovery postpartum," she posted alongside the photo.

But here's the thing: While it's obviously so, so important to nourish your body properly and keep up with your workouts during pregnancy, the size of your baby bump doesn't really determine how healthy your pregnancy is, does it?

More: 10 Essential Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

According to Lynn Simpson, M.D., determining the health of a pregnancy by bump size alone is reductive. "Many conditions could cause a bump to look bigger than expected, [including] multiple gestation, uterine fibroids, large baby, or polyhyrdamnios. [You] really need to investigate to determine whether a large bump signals an unhealthy pregnancy," she said. And it's important to note that every woman looks different during pregnancy.

Today someone commented on this photo that I posted last year and it truly reminded me how blessed I am to have been able to experience a fit, active & healthy pregnancy vs my first two pregnancies. Both photos are the same gestation of weeks. 🌴The photo on the left is ONE baby, the photo on the right is with the TWINS. 🤔 How crazy is that for a comparison?!? I love a big baby bump as much as the next person, however how I felt is the crazy comparison for me (I wish we could step into others shoes for 5 minutes to really appreciate the 'feels' 🙊😂) in the first photo my nutrition was so so poor and my recovery was really long. With the twins, my nutrition knowledge was so much better so I knew how to nourish my body (and babies!) to assist with pregnancy and my bodies recovery postpartum. 😚 so crazy for me to compare! 😝 So incredibly blessed to have 4 beautiful children 🙌🏻 I'm having a flash sale on my recipe books 25% off- link is in my bio 😘👌🏼🍓🌷🌴 #wholefoods #changeyourlife #blessed #gratitude #appreciation

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More: Big Belly, Big Baby—And Other Pregnancy Myths

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