Sarah Stage is facing criticism during her second pregnancy—despite posting a recent photo showing exactly how much weight she's gained.
In her third trimester, Sarah is proudly showing off her stomach and diligently staying fit. She posts videos of her workouts next to her toddler son, doing things like jump squats, jumping lunges, plank dips, curtsy lunges with a curl, and squat pulses. (The Slim, Sexy, Strong Workout DVD is the fast, flexible workout you've been waiting for!)
Beyond her exercises, she’s been very forthcoming about her pregnancy on social media. She has shared sonogram photos of her son, posted a photo on the scale to show that she’s gained 18 lbs, talked about needing new jeans to fit her growing behind, and wrote about how much her baby is kicking. But despite her healthy pregnancy, Sarah is still inundated with people who criticize her fit physique. So she took to Instagram to express how she's fed up with the haters.
“As I'm nearing #8months I've wanted to share what's been on my mind. Since I've announced my second pregnancy, I've had certain ‘Instagram medical experts’ tell me what I should and shouldn't do.. And while I find some of the comments hilarious, I choose to only listen to my OBGYN and of course I also listen to MY body,” she captioned a recent workout video. “If something feels off, I don't do it! I always do what's best for my growing baby and put him first! It's a proven medical fact that continuing exercising while pregnant has many health benefits for you and baby.”
She added, “There are also some people who assume that since I am exercising while pregnant, that I'm obsessed with how I ‘look’ but in fact I'm obsessed with maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will give my baby and myself the best possible quality of life." Sarah also noted that while she's continued to exercise during pregnancy, she doesn't judge anyone who chooses otherwise: "It's their own life."
Sarah faced the same criticism during her first pregnancy, despite putting on 28 pounds, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is within the normal weight range. In fact, she gave birth to a nine-pound baby boy when she delivered (a birth weight that definitely temporarily silenced her haters).
Plus, experts confirm that working out during pregnancy is a good thing! As Jennifer Ashton, M.D., an ob-gyn in Englewood, New Jersey told Women’s Health about third-trimester exercise, "Delivery is an athletic feat. Why stop training right before the main event?" Ashton says that moms who work out through their pregnancies are keeping themselves and baby healthy. Plus, research has shown that women who exercise late in their pregnancy give birth to babies with fewer than 41 grams of fat, which could possibly set them up for a lower risk of obesity later in life. So keep doing what you're doing Sarah, and enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy!