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Mum-to-be hits back at strangers who accuse her of faking pregnancy as her bump is too small.

  Mum-to-be accused of faking pregnancy as her bump is too small
In 2016, Aussie fitness blogger Chontel Duncan was criticised for having rock hard abs just weeks away from giving birth, while last year, six months pregnant fitness blogger Sarah Stage was blasted for having a flatter stomach than most of us who were non-pregnant. If future mums aren’t being shamed for their lack of bump, they’re being made to feel embarrassed for having too much bump. It’s a losing battle. And the latest victim in this fight is 18-year-old Reanna Stephens from South Carolina in the US, who says she has been shamed throughout her pregnancy for having too small a bump – with people even accusing her of faking her pregnancy. Reanna claims that it is a combination of her healthy vegan diet and gentle cardio and yoga that have allowed her to have a flat stomach. She wants to share her story to show that expectant mothers can have small bumps and be healthy.
 Mum-to-be accused of faking pregnancy as her bump is too small
‘People really affect me with their comments, I try to stay calm as I know both me and my baby are healthy,’ says student Reanna.

‘My baby is growing the perfect amount every month as it’s measured, just like everyone else’s, so it’s absolutely nothing to do with mine or the baby’s health. 

‘I have compared my bump over my pregnancy to people on different parent pages on Facebook, and it’s not as big as other people’s. ‘But I love my small bump, it’s not big but I think it’s perfect in its own way and it’s my body and my bump – no one else’s.’
 Reanna with a small baby bump at five months pregnant
Reanna  – who is six months pregnant and due in April – says that when people realise how far gone she is, they’re very quick to pass judgement.

‘I have had people stopping me in the street and giving me nasty looks,’ she reveals.

‘It’s heart-breaking that instead of getting the, “Aw, look at your bump!” I just get people being rude to me as soon as they realise how far gone I am. ‘People have asked me, 

“You’re not faking your pregnancy are you?”, “Are you sure your baby is healthy?” as well as people telling me I need to eat more and see a doctor in case I starve my child.

‘I have also been told that I shouldn’t be having a baby if I can’t feed myself, but people know nothing about my diet or lifestyle.’
  Reanna with a small baby bump
Reanna has always been healthy, and has been active all her life – which she believes is why her bump is so small.

‘I have done mixed martial arts for six years, including boxing, kickboxing, jujitsu, circuit training and weight training along with yoga and cardio,’ she says.

‘Now I only do yoga and cardio, but this is part of the reason for my slender physique. ‘I also consume a vegan diet, so I don’t have any animal products, and avoid unhealthy foods such as fizzy drink, sweets and junk food.’

Lucky for Reanna – she has the support of her family, which helps her try to ignore the haters. ‘My mother was in a similar situation when she was pregnant – she was an athlete and she didn’t show until she was seven months pregnant,’ she explains. 

‘Although I’m much smaller than her, I believe being active has a part to play in the size of your bump.’ 

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