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Pregnant Trainer Targeted Online Hits Back At Cruel Comments

A few months back, a pregnant Brisbane-based personal trainer created some stir online after she posted a pregnancy comparison photo to her Instagram.

Chontel Duncan, a former Miss Universe finalist and HIIT Australia trainer, posted a photo at 21 weeks next to a friend who was four weeks ahead in her pregnancy.

She posted it to point out how each woman carries pregnancy differently, but received backlash from commenters on the size and look of her pregnant belly.

I was surprised with a cute visit today from a friend Nat who is also expecting 💕 Just being able to see someone in the flesh, rub her tummy, hear how incredible her journey has been so far, how healthy baby is & all the fun talk about kicks, food, names etc was beautiful. This is Nat's 3rd pregnancy so she had a lot of great advice to share ☺️ It's very clear in this photo just how tall I am, I mean my chin sits above Nat's head lol  We worked out that we are 4 weeks apart, so our little ones will be the same age, same grade at school and potential best buds hehehehe..... Nat's due start of March & I'm due end of March. Each women carries different and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy etc. We both have healthy growing babies & we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing & full of energy.  #21.5weeks #expecting #march2016 #pregnant #love #happiness #Babyduncan

A photo posted by 🇦🇺🇳🇿SnapChat👉🏽 ChontelDuncan (@chontelduncan) on

"We worked out that we are four weeks apart, so our little ones will be the same age, same grade at school and potential best buds hehehehe..... Nat's due start of March, and I'm due end of March.Each women carries different, and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy, etc. We both have healthy growing babies, and we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing and full of energy."

People commented on the photo, obviously thinking they had the right to comment on a pregnant woman's body.

"I look like the one on the right and I'm not pregnant."

"Wtf she doesn't even look pregnant."

"Jesus, I'm not even pregnant and have more of a belly than the one on the left hahaha ..."

Despite fielding some backlash months ago, she posted another belly comparison photo when she is 12 days away from her due date and the other woman in the photo had 12 weeks to go.

Happy, Healthy, baking, first time expecting mummy's, 12 weeks to go, 12 days to go, fit pregnancies!

A photo posted by 🇦🇺🇳🇿SnapChat👉🏽 ChontelDuncan (@chontelduncan) on

But the expectant mother continued to receive cruel comments about her pregnant belly not being "normal".

"Left looks normal," one comment read. 

"I looked like that at nine weeks," another wrote.

Clearly over having to defend her pregnancy, she hit back with this post...

It's hard to believe how cruel some of these comments can be... I may not read every comment, every article, every message but for the ones I have briefly read it just blows my mind that someone whom I do not know, whom I've never had any form of connection with could have so much anger and hate towards me as I carry my first child. Ive spent many years looking after my health and the health of others to the best of my ability and now I am continuing to focus on my health but more importantly the health of my unborn child's under the strict instructions of the best health professionals & openly share my journey. What's sad is how sheltered so many are on what is and what isn't healthy... Regardless I am so confident in the team that support my journey and so in tune with my body that it does not discourage me & make me feel the need to sit down, stuff a burger down my throat, become bed ridden & live in a bubble. What they are so shocked about is just a fraction of what is so normal to me. It's safe to say there are people out there that underestimate the female body.  Big thanks to @milque.spa for my lushes lashes 😘 all ready for tomorrow's interview with Sunrise. LIVE Mon 21st March NSW 6:40am QLD 7:40am Time to speak about what has been going on over the past 2 weeks 📽

A photo posted by 🇦🇺🇳🇿SnapChat👉🏽 ChontelDuncan (@chontelduncan) on

She wrote:

"It's hard to believe how cruel some of these comments can be... I may not read every comment, every article, every message but for the ones I have briefly read it just blows my mind that someone whom I do not know, whom I've never had any form of connection with could have so much anger and hate towards me as I carry my first child. Ive spent many years looking after my health and the health of others to the best of my ability and now I am continuing to focus on my health but more importantly the health of my unborn child's under the strict instructions of the best health professionals & openly share my journey. What's sad is how sheltered so many are on what is and what isn't healthy... Regardless I am so confident in the team that support my journey and so in tune with my body that it does not discourage me & make me feel the need to sit down, stuff a burger down my throat, become bed ridden & live in a bubble. What they are so shocked about is just a fraction of what is so normal to me. It's safe to say there are people out there that underestimate the female body."

She's keeping up her high-intensity workouts throughout her pregnancy and even up until her 39th week.

Experts say it's healthy to workout while pregnant, especially if you're super fit before falling pregnant. With everything, consult a doctor for medical advice about the health for you and your unborn baby.

BUMP UPDATE 🍼 38 weeks.... Only 14 days to go 🙈 An I am still baking 🍞 this little coconut of mine, he is rock bottom, very active & giving me constant pressure "down there" as if to tease me like he's ready but not giving up easily. Maybe my active lifestyle, long work days & events have him super comfy as we all know babies love movement & attention. This journey is almost over & I have to say it's been the most AMAZING journey imaginable. I've learnt so much about the human body, about creating life, how to bring up a little human & I've learnt that I was capable of a lot more then I ever thought.  I remember opening up my business @hiit_australia & people had whispered that I was over doing it, that I would burn out, get chronic fatigue, I wasn't living blah blah blah well the lifestyle they judged only intensified & now I'm doing it whilst 9months pregnant. I honestly believe if you respect your body & I mean properly respect it and most importantly if you have a healthy mindset (no self hate, no bad relationships with who you are or with food etc) the body will work the way it was designed to. I was blessed to have found my love for this lifestyle at a young age (I believe) & with that, made it my career. I get to meet incredible people everyday, I get to see people smile from within because they successfully changed their lives & I get to go to bed each night proud of the person I am. I wouldn't say I've never made a mistake...I've made plenty, I wouldn't say I just straight up succeeded...I fell many times. I would say, I never gave up on wanting to be the best version of ME!  My baby will be given two of the best examples of what love, happiness, kindness & life is all about. He will be given two people who will demonstrate how important it is to help others & most importantly he will be given a home of wealth. Wealth to me is a busy house  of many children, passionate parents & a lot of noise.  Everything I have done up until this point was to be in the position I am in today.  Labour is around the corner & I am so... TO CONTINUE READING CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO (Facebook page) 📲

A photo posted by 🇦🇺🇳🇿SnapChat👉🏽 ChontelDuncan (@chontelduncan) on

Photos: Instagram

H/T Cosmopolitan

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