The model mom is expecting baby number two, and it would seem like this pregnancy isn't immune to controversy either.
Sarah Stage first made headlines two years ago for having a visible six-pack throughout her pregnancy. More recently, the model sparked similar controversy for barely showing when she was five months along with baby number two. (Related: Could Tight Abs Really Increase the Risk of C-Section?)
Now, as the 33-year-old gears up for her eighth month of pregnancy, she reveals that she's only gained 18 pounds so far. In a photo on her Instagram story, she shows herself on a scale that reads 137.2 with a caption quantifying her weight gain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends gaining 25 to 35 pounds over the course of the typical nine months of pregnancy for an already 'healthy woman'. Falling within these ranges lowers the risk of a C-section, pregnancy-induced hypertension, postpartum weight retention, and preterm birth. That said, these guidelines aren't the same for everyone since each pregnancy is different. (Related: This Fitness Trainer and Her Friend Prove That There's No Normal Pregnancy)
"Statistically, you and your baby are more likely to have health complications if you gain more or less than the recommended healthy weight, but every woman is different and some might gain more or less and have none of these complications," Naomi Stotland, M.D., an associate professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at University of California, San Francisco, told us previously in How Much Pregnancy Weight Should You Really Gain?.
The key is to check in with your ob-gyn to make sure you and your baby are on track, which is something Stage says she's been doing religiously throughout the course of both pregnancies.
In a recent post addressing her haters, she shared: "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. If something feels off, I don't do it! I always do what's best for my growing baby and put him first!"
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. If something feels off, I don't do it! I always do what's best for my growing baby and put him first! It's a proven medical fact that continuing exercising while pregnant has many health benefits for you and baby Clearly, I have greatly reduced the intensity of my workouts and stick to at home home exercises from my Fitness Ebook 2-3x a week. There are also some people who 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 Alternatively, I don't judge anyone who chooses to not be active while pregnant etc. as it's their own life... I'm just sharing my pregnancy journey and appreciate the positive support from most of you #thirdtrimester #7monthspregnant #8monthspregnant
At the end of the day, it's important to remember that only Stage and her doctor really know the ins and outs of her pregnancy and health. And considering her first child was born in perfectly good health, despite all the criticism, it's safe to assume that this hot mama probably knows what she's doing by now.