When I saw all the hoopla surrounding model Sarah Stage, I thought she was a pregnant model at four months, maybe five or six.

Boy was I way off! The 30-year-old mom-to-be is eight-and-a-half months pregnant with her first child and she has ABS. Her abs are better at almost nine months pregnant than mine as a non-pregnant woman.

A fitness guru and blogger, Sarah is facing some backlash after showing off her baby bump while maintaining a six-pack… Forget about the six-pack – is there really a five-pound baby in there?! At 38 weeks, my baby was well over six pounds and I was… well over the 25-35 average weight gain during pregnancy.

Her fit photos have been shared on social media with many commenting that she should be more worried about her baby’s health than posing for photos. Sarah credits healthy eating habits and exercise for her figure throughout pregnancy.  As long as her baby is healthy, all the power to her?

We all have different body types.

Sarah is not your typical pregnant woman and I worry about young women who aspire to achieve the same. All pregnancies are different and women should not put too much emphasis on the scale. Their goal should be to eat well and hope for a healthy baby. While some women gain 20 pounds, others (like me) stop counting past 35 pounds. Sarah is extremely healthy and fit for a pregnant woman and her doctor says she’s healthy and that’s what matters most.

To post photos on your social media channels is a personal choice but to model for a lingerie brand sends what message exactly? Did having Sarah on Entertainment Tonight set more impossible standards for the average woman? Or should we celebrate her extraordinary pregnancy figure?

What do you think?

How Can this Model be 8 Months Pregnant?!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

1 Comment

  1. Women look so different during pregnancies–I don’t think there’s any standard. I have a friend who has had 4 healthy babies–she usually doesn’t even announce her pregnancies till she’s around 6 months, because she doesn’t start showing until then! Even right before giving birth, she didn’t look all that pregnant, but her babies have been around 7 pounds. That’s definitely not the average, but a healthy mama and a healthy baby is what matters most!

Write A Comment