Another day, another pregnant fitness fanatic feeling the burn — not in the gym but on social media.
This time it’s Australian blogger and midwife Hannah Polites being criticized for showing off her toned body and a growing baby bump that some say is too small and “unhealthy” looking.
Polites, 24, has more than 1 million followers on her Instagram account, where one person told her: “You are killing your baby.” They also have accused her of starving her baby.
“That’s 6 months pregnant? Is it a gerbil?” asked another person.
Polites is the latest target among online bullies who also have taken aim at pregnant social media stars, including lingerie model Sarah Stage and CrossFit trainer Emily Breeze Ross Watson, who just delivered a healthy baby boy.
Polites, who is expecting her baby in September, is shaking off comments from the haters.
She recently assured her followers that her sonograms show that her baby is “actually 20 percent bigger than the average at this gestation.” She also said she will continue to keep working out because it makes her feel good to stay fit.
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But Polities admits that some of the comments she reads about her photos surprise her.
"It's truly shocking to read some of the comments regarding my health and that of my unborn baby, especially at a time where women are particularly vulnerable and can be more sensitive to bullying," Polites told Australia’s “Gold Coast Bulletin” in an interview.
Jessica Hartshorn, senior lifestyle editor for Fit Pregnancy and Baby Magazine, said women need to have a broader perspective when they see expectant mothers.
"I think some people look at a pregnant person and compare it to themselves which is natural," she told TODAY. "We all compare our bodies to everybody else, but it is important to remember that every single pregnancy is different."
Polites said she plans to continue posting photos of herself because she wants to be a positive role model.
“I do not take the negative comments to heart, especially when I know I am making informed decisions when it comes to nutrition and exercise in pregnancy and motherhood,” she said. “For the record, doctors have told me bub is healthy."