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Yet Another Australian Model Claps Back Over Super Tiny 7 Months ‘Bump’

This is the 4th time a pregnant model from Australia with a super small baby bump was shamed online for barely looking pregnant.

Here is the latest:

Australian influencer Belle Lucia, 24,  recently told her 1.4 million Instagram followers that she has only gained 10kg despite being in her third trimester.

Posing in a navy blue bikini, Belle captioned the post: “Loving my pregnancy body, weight gain isn’t a negative thing! Don’t ever feel ashamed.”

Giving an update on her little one, the mum-to-be added: “Baby is roughly the size of a papaya and 36cms long.”

Although the majority of fans were quick to comment on how slim the pregnant model looks, others were preoccupied with the size of her baby bump.

One replied: “I’m literally so intrigued with your pregnancy, it’s amazing how little your tummy is! I can’t believe how different everyone’s bodies can be.”

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For the Third Time, A Fit Australian Instagram Model’s Tiny Bump Is Shamed

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Yet, another super thin and ultra fit Australian Instagram model is being shamed in social media for carrying amazingly small well along in her pregnancy.

Sydney, Australian model Belle Lucia posed in a two piece bikini while vacationing in Spain.

The 24-year-old captioned the image: “Beach and bump” with the hashtags “23 weeks pregnant” and “six months bump.”

As could be expected, a bunch of her followers marveled and commented on the size of her “bump.”

Read a round up from FOX News here.

The model took to her Instagram story to defend herself and her tiny bump:

“As you can see, women show very differently but are all carrying a little life,” she shared to her 1.4M followers. “Just because I’m not showing as much as you like doesn’t mean my pregnancy is ‘unhealthy’ or that I’m promoting a ‘skinny’ pregnancy.”

She continued:

“It’s just my body and I can’t help it if it doesn’t look the same as other women,” she continued. “Body shaming is not okay no matter how ‘big’ or ‘small’ someone is.”

Good for her!

Previously, other Australian Instagram fitness star Daegen Coyne had to defend herself, as did Hannah Polites and Revie Jane Schulz also from Australia dealt with similar bump backlash.

This Australian News Mag Article About Motherhood Ruining Miranda Kerr’s Figure Got Me Heated

Opinion; by Jay Jay Ghatt

I was online and an article from an Australian news mag, news.com.au,  scrolled through my feed with an article discussing Australian super model Miranda Kerr, and specifically her comments in a recent Marie Claire article that are supposed to be about body positivity.

Kerr gave birth to her second son, Hart, six months ago, with husband, Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel.

However, to me, the news.com.au article and especially its headline and Kerr’s statements in her Marie Claire interview do nothing to affirm the confidence of women who are mothers. Absolutely nothing in my opinion!

I am not sure the intent but they both missed the mark.

Let’s go through it, shall we?

At first blush, the headline reads that Kerr is “Ok that motherhood ruined her figure.” Oh really?

First of all, motherhood did not ruin her figure.  That is a very off-the-mark suggestion.

I am pretty sure motherhood enhanced her life and I’m also certain it gave her new curves. In  many cultures and countries around the world, curves are very much appreciated by many women and men worldwide.  Some women I know personally work hard to acquire curves.  Also, look at the Kim Kardashian phenomenon, for example. Note all these Instagram models that are getting butt enhancements, injections and wearing padded pants or photoshopping curves into there photos!

In that sense, then, motherhood made her figure better! It did not “ruin” her body, at all, necessarily!

Second, the headline casts a negative light on pregnancy and relays why a lot of women experience pregorexia and deprive themselves and their babies of much needed nutrients while pregnant over fear of gaining weight. This headline feeds into that very harmful notion of pregnancy being something that will mess up one’s body and figure.

I cannot stand it!

Inside the Marie Claire piece, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel who has a 7-year old son named Flynn with ex Orlando Bloom says “It’s OK, I’ve got a mum-bod and it’s fine!”

There is a very negative connotation behind the term “mum-bod” in that quote. This sentence relays that she is content with having a body associated with mothers. Ugh.

Society continue to tell women who are mothers that there bodies are unacceptable, not attractive and should be something we work hard on changing, altering, or improving.

The News.Au site feeds into this horrible notion when it states of Kerr, “even when she was heavily pregnant, Kerr showed off her curves for photographers.”

“Even when? “ “Even When?”

Hear me now: Women with or without having a baby bump have curves and take photos and have photos taken of them. Having curves is not a reason to not be worthy of being photographed!

I really hate this article! It’s so mean!

Then Kerr doesn’t add much to the convo by being quoted saying in that Marie Claire article, “I don’t mind. It’s all part of it. I took nine months – well, 10 months – to grow a beautiful child and it might take 10 months to feel good in a swimsuit again.”

You shouldn’t need a size 0 figure or body to feel good in a swim suit. It’s not a body positive article at all.

That’s all I have to say about this topic but there is no wonder women are not supported in so many aspects of their lives, before, during and after they join motherhood.

Media and major influential figure internalize and spout out so much toxic positions.

Ok. Off my high horse for the day! Have a great week all!

Let’s continue the conversation. I can be found everywhere in social media  @Bellyitch on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook!

 

Australian Sexuality Expert: Baby Should Give Consent to Diaper Changes

A leading Australian sexuality expert has ignited controversy after suggesting parents should be asking their babies for permission to change their nappies, in order to set up a “culture of consent” from birth.

Deanne Carson, founder of Body Safety Australia, made the comments during a segment on ABC news about teaching consent to young children, explaining that while she works with kids from three years of age, she also works with parents – of newborns.

Creating a culture of consent from birth, she noted, means asking permission before changing a baby’s nappy.

“I’m going to change your nappy now, is that okay?” Ms Carson said of her approach to infant consent. “Of course a baby isn’t going to respond ‘yes mum that’s awesome, I’d love to have my nappy changed'” the researcher, speaker and author continued. “But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye-contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters.”

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Serena Williams Says She Won’t Defend her Australian Open Title This Year

Serena Williams famously won the 2017 Australian Open while she was 9 weeks pregnant but on Thursday, the 23-tim Grand Slam champ said she won’t be defending her Australian Open title this year.

It has only been 5 months since she gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. The newly wed to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian turned Snaphcat to share the news, stating in part:

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time. With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.

“The memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again. I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”

The tennis tournament begins on the 15th of this month.

The Australian Open tweeted best wishes shortly after her announcement, saying in part: “Good luck for the rest of 2018, Serena! We’ll miss you”

Williams had tried to push it by registering for a tournament last month but didn’t make it out the first round. She lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”

Williams struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but as US Open opined, she  “still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after nearly a year away from tennis.”

She can do it and there is a track record for it!

The legendary Margaret Court won three majors after giving birth to her son in 1972. Kim Clijsters won three of her 4 Grand Slams after the birth of her child. Lindsay Davenport won 3 of her 55 Career titles after giving birth to her son. There are at least three other major female players to make mommy comebacks and silence all the critics and naysayers!

Too soon, ma, too soon!

Serena Williams to Defend Australian Open Title As Baby Girl Cheers Her On

Serena Williams has announced that she plans to defend her Australian Open championship title in 2018.

In the meantime, she and fiancé Alexis Ohanian have been showing off photos of their 7-week old adorable daughter, Alexis Ohanian Jr. on Instagram.

“Say what,” the proud parents captioned an adorable chubby cheeked photo on Jr’s page.

The new dad also Instagrammed an image toting their tot.

“Mon petit chou,” he wrote.

Williams also recently surveyed her fans on IG stories asking them to share what they got as push presents.

Williams confirmed during a recent press event that she will play the Jan. 15-28 competition to defend her title at the Australian Open.

It should be expected.

During the TED 2017 Conference in Vancouver, Williams earlier this year, she told Gayle King, “I definitely plan on coming back. I’m not done yet. If [my sister Venus Williams is] still playing, I know I can play. This is just a new part of my life. My baby’s going to be in the stands and hopefully cheering for me.”

yay!! Can’t wait! Mamas do it too!

VIRAL: Australian Mom Delivers 13 Pound Baby Boy with No Epidural

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Very exciting to hear that Australian Natashia Corrigan welcomed her third child, son Brian Liddle Jr, without an epidural. The mom, who also has two daughters, is making news recently because of the fact that her baby weighed 13 pounds and 4 ounces at birth and she delivered him without the use of an epidural!

Wowza!

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Brian compared to another newborn around his age.

According to CBS News., Corrigan’s two daughters weighed around 8 pounds at birth. On a Facebook post on January 24 with photos after the birth at Mercy Health, she said she “never dreamed he’d be this big, thought he’d be an 11 pounder at the max! But we’re blessed with a safe delivery of a 13.5 pounder! I’m still in shock!”

He is a beauty. We love a baby with lovable rolls. More to love!

Australian Blogger Blasted for Funny sign Posted on her Twins’ Pram

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An Australian blogger who is a mom of three including twin girls is catching heat for a fun photo she posted on Facebook (and Instagram).

Uncanny Annie said in response to getting the same series of questions from well-meaning strangers in the street, she wanted to post the following sign in front of her stroller as she pushed 1-year old Delphine and Cheska about. She didn’t of course, but that didn’t stop many of the 21,000+ people who have liked the photo or friends of the over 7,000 who shared it to pepper the blogger with criticism.

Many called her ungrateful for complaining about something that is considered a blessing among many, to have two healthy twins. Others called her neglectful.

Annie returned to reply that had she known the photo would have gone viral and offended so many, she wouldn’t have shared it. Still she maintains it was a joke.

It reminded me of a past 2011 blog post about the three parts of the body of a strangers baby you should never touch.



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Here is a list of some of the questions from Annie’s sign:

 

“Yes they are mine.”

“Yes they are twins.”

“No, not identical.”

“Conceived by f***ing.”

“Born via C-section.”

“Yes, my hands are full.”

A Yahoo! Parenting blogger who covered this story shared some of the strange questions she and others have been asked randomly by strangers on the street:

“C-section or vaginal birth?”

TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT SAY TO A WOMAN AFTER REVEALING THE NAME SHE’S PICKED FOR HER BABY



 

“Are you trying?”

“Are you going to have another?”

“How long are you going to continue nursing?”

“Isn’t she a little old for that?”

“Is that drink for you?”

“[Upon hearing I was formula feeding]: But doesn’t that make babies obese?”

And, for the win: “Are you planning to have you vagina stretched prior to delivering your baby?”

Read the comments to the story to get other examples other parents contributed there.

What would you add to the list?

Also, check out this funny video too that demonstrates the rudeness factor in some well-meaning queries you may as an expecting mom:

Australian Open champ Li Na and coach hubby expecting first child

Congratulations to the reigning, but retired, Australian Open champion Li Na who announced to a crowd of 15,000 in Melbourne, Australian yesterday that she is expecting her first child. During a ceremony to commemorate the launch of a tournament at the Rod Laver Arena, Li announced, “[Husband and coach] Dennis [Jiang] and I are so excited. Our first child will arrive in the summer,” Li told the crowd to raucous applause and cheers. It was right before Roger Federer played a night match.Shortly after wining her first Australian Open last year, the Chinese Tennis star retired. Previously, she had won the 2011 French Open and was a finalist in Australia in 2011 and 2013.
After the ceremony, Li posted a super sweet message on Facebook to her fans. We’ve covered tennis champs Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters and Lindsay Davenport before and are pleased to welcome Li to bumpwatch!
I watched Na play at the US Open last year. I was rooting for her to win back in 2011 when she played the Australian Open so long a fan. What a power player and soon to be a power mom!

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Aussie Instagram Influencer Shut Down Over Sexy Maternity Photo

An Australian Instagram influencer claims her account got flagged and taken down over a sexy maternity photo she shared on the social media networking site.

Sally Mustang, who posts over 300,000 followers, posted a photo of herself naked in a bathtub with the caption, “bath with babe 👶 also loving all the new roundness everywhere 🤗.”and shortly after the now restored photo and her entire account was removed.

Her husband and fellow influencer Mitch Gobel reposted the same image on his account and he too got threatened with a take down. To announce the pregnancy, the pair posted a suggestive photo of Mustang straddling Gobel while wearing a white lace bra and skirt but was not unlike the apparent risque fair that is usually on both of their pages.

“Mitch’s account was threatened to be shut down this morning, so we are just going to be super easy going [sic] on here for a few days,” she wrote in the post, which contained a picture of her in a white bra and skirt gazing down at her stomach.

She took to her husband’s account to complain about the impact of losing her livelihood which she maintained via that account..

“I’m really scared,” she said. “I’m five months pregnant and my whole livelihood has disappeared.”

“It’s my creative outlet. It’s my memories. My voice, my community, my family, my businesses,” she continued. “It’s all disappeared. And to be five months pregnant and adapting to all the change that’s going on already, it feels so unfair.”

Perhaps because of the outcry her account was restored later but in an Instastory, she explained she will be creating an app and started a website with a pop up to collect the emails of those who come to her Instagram page!

Editor’s note: If you are an influencer who needs to set up an online presence or blog to have a home that cannot be shut down at the whim of a social media platform, give me a holler at JayJayGhatt.com and let me handle that for you!