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Fit Mom Chontel Duncan Struggled to Have a Natural Birth Because of Her Abs

Australian fitness trainer Chontel Duncan made headlines for her six-pack abs during pregnancy, but in a recent Instagram post, she opened up about an unexpected downside of being so fit.

Duncan, now the mom of 7-month-old Jeremiah, says that during labor, doctors struggled to "rip Jeremiah from [her] tummy" due to the fact that her abs basically locked around him as she was pushing. Ultimately, Duncan ended up undergoing a C-section to deliver Jeremiah.

 

[Part 2] I CRIED I felt like I failed... but then @sam_hiitaustralia reminded me of my mantra which was "to go through all means necessary so baby feels nothing" & I smiled. With confidence I signed the forms & within 20mins had my baby in my arms. They struggled to rip Jeremiah from my tummy as my abs locked him in super tight as I began vomiting during the operation. This is why my scar was cut up on my right side because the surgeon had to cut me further an use forceps to successfully get Jeremiah out. Perhaps a down side to a strong core I healed according to my doctor normally, my scar isn't small, it's quiet large & I can feel in the centre scar tissue, I tried Bepanthen Scar Treatment & Skincerity breathable masque an this is what I have been left with. I would love 3 more children & I will always try for a vaginal birth with each one. So to all the women out there wearing a cesarean scar, I am VERY proud of what mine means & for the beautiful gift I received through mine. They are memories of the day we all became mummies

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Duncan also confessed that she initially felt like she had "failed" when doctors told her she'd need a C-section. "I CRIED I felt like I failed...but then @sam_hiitaustralia reminded me of my mantra which was "to go through all means necessary so baby feels nothing" & I smiled. With confidence I signed the forms & within 20mins had my baby in my arms," she wrote.

Now, Duncan celebrates her C-section scar and what it represents. "To all the women out there wearing a cesarean scar, I am VERY proud of what mine means & for the beautiful gift I received through mine," she wrote. "They are memories of the day we all became mummies."

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