It’s hard to imagine anyone body-shaming Instagram fitness star Revie Jane Schulz. But when Schulz was 24 weeks pregnant with her first child, people constantly made stinging comments about the size of her belly.
Schulz, who welcomed her daughter Lexington “Lexi” on April 9, vented about her experience in a July 4 Instagram post that has more than 6,775 likes. In the accompanying throwback photo, the owner of CrossFit Babes on the Gold Coast of Australia is pictured in a clingy army green dress, her tummy on full display.
“I posted this after so many comments were thrown my way for having a massive bump,” she wrote. “I was so fed up, even when I had tried on this dress and the shop assistant said ‘Holy moly!’ My friend is 36 weeks and you’re only 24 weeks and you’re WAY bigger than her!’”
Timeline of me growing our Baby Coconut 👶🏽 even after all this time, knowing that there is an actual little human in my belly just blows me away. I can't imagine what the feeling is going to be like to meet him or her, despite that moment being all I dream about. Through all of the ups and downs, the nausea, the exhaustion, the aches in my back, the sleepless nights, the big butt and loss of muscle and the emotional roller coaster that we endure in pregnancy, it has got to be the greatest, coolest privilege anyone can have. 5 Days until due date, pretty please be prompt little one 👶🏽 14, 20 & 39 Weeks (currently 39 Weeks + 3 Days) #babybump #reviejanesbump
The new mom continued: “She repeated this to the lady in the next changing room to me. I cried while I tried the dress on. I got it everywhere I went and it did make me want to hide away.”
Schulz concluded with some sage advice. “Here’s a tip, don’t mention the size of a bump,” she wrote. “No ‘you’re so big!’s No ‘oh! You’re so tiny’s.' Just say something like ‘you look beautiful / healthy/ amazing!'”
The post resonated with the brunette beauty’s 118,000 followers.
“When I was pregnant with my first everyone commented my belly was too small & it made me cry. I always felt like I was doing something wrong, crap at growing a baby or just so fat everywhere else you couldn’t notice my bump enough,” commented one person.
Another wrote: “I was the exact same when I was pregnant. I was so sick of everyone saying ‘omg you’re huge.’ I cried like a hundred times and felt so unattractive.”
Schulz isn’t the first Instagram fitness star from Australia to be shamed. Chontel Duncan grabbed headlines in November after posing tummy-to-tummy with her friend Nat, who was four weeks further along in her pregnancy.
Addressing the difference in their belly sizes, Duncan noted: “Each woman carries differently, and this most certainly doesn’t mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy. We both have healthy growing babies, and we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing and full of energy.”
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