Mom-to-be Coco Austin took to her blog on E!Online to address her incredibly small baby bump.
Even though the talk show co-host of IceT and Coco on FOX is expecting her first child with her rapper turned actor husband, she barely had much of a belly most pregnancy and it was the subject of much online chatter.
“I almost feel like I kind of got gypped a little because women start seeing something of a baby bump at four to five months,” the Ice Love Coco reality TV alum writes. “I didn’t see anything until eight months. I was kinda feeling gypped in a way because when you’re pregnant, you want a bump.”
As the fitness enthusiasts prepares for the birth of her baby girl named Chanel, she confessed that she wished she had a bigger pregnancy bump.
“I know I’m in great shape, but I want to feel pregnant also,” Austin writes. “Finally, something is out! She’s finally showing herself and I’m loving every moment. I’m actually telling people that no doubt, I could be pregnant for the rest of my life.”
Austin, who is close to term and just reached 34 weeks gestation, says she feels grateful for having a smooth pregnancy, yet felt compelled to respond to the critics of her bump.
“The thing is I constantly ask my doctor, ‘Am I healthy? Is the baby healthy? What is going on? Have you seen this before?’ she states in her blog post. “My doctor says yes, athletes look like this all the time because they have such strong abs muscles that it takes longer for a bump to pop out,” adding, “my doctors said they just delivered a figure skater’s baby and she was smaller than me and she squeezed that baby out in nearly three tries because her abs were so strong.”
She also said she will stop addressing the public when her doctor assures her that all is well.
“I’m trying to always prove a point to those people who are doubting me,” she writes. “I’m not going to try and prove a point anymore. You’re going to believe what you want. My whole life I’ve faced rumors like ‘You can’t have that butt, it must be implants’ or ‘your waist is so small, you must have had a rib taken out.’ Everything that I do is unbelievable.”
It’s the price of fame, she acknowledges.
“I just happen to be in the limelight and people want to pick on me,” Austin concludes her post. “There are other women going through the same thing as me.”
Very true! Hang in there, mama!