Fit Mom Chontel Duncan Struggled to Have a Natural Birth Because of Her Abs
The viral fitness star wrote a moving post about how things don't always work out as planned.
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.
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."