As fitness model Sarah Stage nears the end of her pregnancy, she took to Instagram this week to demonstrate her workout – and call out critics who do not approve.
Stage has an October due date and still has abs.
In her August 15 Instagram post, the 33-year-old expectant mother showed off her fitness moves and her shockingly flat stomach.
The video shows Stage holding side planks, practicing her lunges and squatting low with her 2-year-old son James Hunter.
Displaying her confidence in the video, Stage used the opportunity to react to critics.
“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,” Stage wrote.
Stage has grown used to online criticism but she clearly isn’t calloused to the judgment.
She’s received similar reproach in the past as she continued to flaunt enviably prominent abdominals throughout her first and second pregnancies.
Earlier in August, Stage showed off her beach body only to be met with the same criticism.
To those who claim she is hurting her baby and acting selfishly, Stage wrote, “Some people 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.”
Regardless of one’s opinion on the model's pregnant physique, Stage’s journey serves as an important reminder of the danger in social media comparisons.
A healthy body — pregnant or not — is beautiful.