All women are different.
It’s not a hard concept, however some people do, unfortunately, seem to struggle with it.
We are all so very different in many ways, this includes of course how our bodies react and change during pregnancy.
This mum-to-be is finding out the hard way how hurtful and disrespectful other people can be because of this.
Reanna Stephens is 18-years-old and from South Carolina, USA. Although you may not guess it to look at her but Reanna is 6 months pregnant!
Unlike some other women Reanna has almost no visible baby bump.
Reanna puts this down to her vegan diet as well staying active and healthy during her pregnancy.
Unfortunately because of Reannas seemingly flat tummy she has been shamed by strangers in the street asking her if she’s faking her pregnancy, if her baby is healthy and whether she is anorexic.
Now Reanna has shared her story to show that expectant mothers can have naturally smaller bumps and remain healthy.
Reanna had this to say:
“People really affect me with their comments, I try to stay calm as I know both me and my baby are healthy.
“My baby is growing the perfect amount every month as it’s measured, just like everyone else’s, so it’s absolutely nothing to do with mine or the baby’s health.
“I have compared my bump over my pregnancy to people on different parent pages on Facebook, and it’s not as big as other people’s.
“But I love my small bump, it’s not big, but I think it’s perfect in its own way and it’s my body and my bump – no one else’s.
“I have had people stopping me in the street and giving me nasty looks.
“It’s heartbreaking that instead of getting, ‘Aw, look at your bump!’ I get people being rude to me as soon as they realise how far gone I am.
“People have asked me, ‘You’re not faking your pregnancy are you?’, and ‘Are you sure your baby is healthy?’ as well as people telling me I need to eat more and see a doctor in case I starve my child.
“I have also been told that I shouldn’t be having a baby if I can’t feed myself, but people know nothing about my diet or lifestyle.
“Luckily I have the support of my family, because my mother was in a similar situation when she was pregnant.
“She was an athlete and she didn’t show until she was seven-months pregnant.
“Although I’m much smaller than her, I believe being active has a part to play in the size of your bump.”
Reanna is due to give birth to a baby boy in April. We wish her the best of luck!