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"Some people assume that because I am currently exercising (at a greatly reduced intensity mind you) that it’s all about how I ‘look’ and that I’m ‘obsessed,’ ” Skye, 32, wrote on Instagram. “I have NEVER felt more at peace with my body and the way it’s changing and looking. I have extra body fat, cellulite and stretch marks and I’ve lost a heap of muscle. NONE of this matters to me in the slightest.”
Skye is due in December, and says she's "the happiest I have ever been and I have never felt more confident in myself."
"I choose to workout when I can — firstly because I have been clearance and support from my doctor to do so and secondly because it’s GOOD & HEALTHY for me and my baby.”
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Stage, a lingerie model, was heavily criticized in 2015 for her petite nine-month baby bump. Two years and a second pregnancy later, not much has changed. With three weeks to go until her due date, she's working out when she can, to the dismay of many of her followers.
“I’ve been asked how much longer I intend to workout and I think next week will be my last week (although I’ve already decreased my exercising to 2x a week & lowered intensity),” she explained.
Almost a year later, she's left all the hate behind … and continues to flaunt her banging body. "Some days I miss being prego. it was around this time last year when I was #36weekspregnant #9months with James," she captioned a throwback post.
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Duncan caused a mini Internet firestorm when she showed off her tiny pregnant body. "It's hard to believe how cruel some of these comments can be ..." she wrote in an Instagram post. "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." While trolls posted negative comments on video posts of Duncan kickboxing and strength training in her third trimester, Duncan refuted the idea that staying fit during a pregnancy harms the baby. "What's sad is how sheltered so many are on what is and what isn't healthy."
Duncan has now delivered two healthy baby boys—Jeremiah, 2, and Swayde, born Sept. 20.
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The six-time Muay Thai world champion garnered more than 41,000 Facebook views after posting a video of her training session at 39 weeks pregnant. Some commenters criticized Reece for throwing punches while expecting, but the athlete said their concerns stem from a misunderstanding of both Muay Thai and maternity, and that she actually has cut back on the intensity of her workouts. "There's so much I can't do such as switch left kicks, lots of punches in a row (twisting), ANY power, ANY speed, quick footwork or changes, but that doesn't mean I have to give up," she wrote on Facebook. "There is no more danger here than there is power walking or twisting in a pool. For those that have no idea, we do not pivot with our stomachs in Muay Thai, we turn/ pivot with our hips/ feet." In an interview with BabyCenter, Reece added, "Pregnancy is not an illness or a disease. It's a creation of life but that doesn't mean you have to stop yours, it means you modify it to suit."
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When the super fit mom-to-be was three days overdue, she hit the gym to pass the time and posted a video of herself on Instagram doing squats and power cleans with over 100 lbs. on the barbell. "I'm steady growing and so is baby boy!" Ross captioned the video. "Feels: lots of energy, excitement, nervous butterflies for labor, and swollen! Baby: strong heartbeat, lots of movement, and wayyyyy to damn comfy taking up real estate in my belly."
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Despite being 30 weeks pregnant with her first child, the 32-year-old winner of Miss Fitness Universe was somehow able to maintain a six pack of her baby belly. Unlike Duncan, Venagro didn't face any trolls: "My friend and people in the fitness world have been extremely supportive," she told the website Mom.me. "They know that I'm embracing this pregnancy, I'm embracing my body's changes."
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The Australian fitness trainer posted side-by-side photos of her first pregnancy with one child next to a shot of when she was carrying twins at the same gestation. And though she has two babies in her belly in the second photo, her bump is much smaller. "My first pregnancy, I didn't exercise at all," Guidolin told PEOPLE. "I felt tired all the time and struggled with the labor and the pregnancy. My third pregnancy, I exercised the entire time and continued to work all the way through the pregnancy."
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