An 18-year-old who is six months pregnant has hit out at critics who say her stomach is too flat at this stage of her pregnancy.
“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,” Reanna Stephenson told the Daily Mail.
“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,” she said. “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.”
The South Carolina student is due to give birth to a baby boy in April.
Stephenson told the Mirror that she even gets dirty looks while walking down the street since revealing that she’s expecting.
“I have had people stopping me in the street and giving me nasty looks. It’s heart-breaking that instead of getting the ‘aw, look at your bump!’ I just get people being rude to me as soon as they realize how far gone I am,” she said.
“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.”
The teenager credits her regular exercise and a vegan diet for her smaller-than-usual baby bump.
“I have done mixed martial arts for six years, including boxing, kickboxing, jujitsu, circuit training and weight training along with yoga and cardio. Now I only do yoga and cardio, but this is part of the reason for my slender physique,” she told the Sun.
“I also eat a vegan diet, so I don’t have any animal products, and avoid unhealthy foods such as fizzy drink, sweets and junk food.”