Move over, Sarah Stage – there’s a new pregnant woman with a six-pack in town, and the internet is freaking out over her.
Stacie Venagro is 30-weeks pregnant – in her third trimester – and she still has incredible ab muscles over her baby bump. She’s been sharing the progress of her growing belly, as well as her ever-present abs, on Instagram, adding hashtags like #fitmama and #fitsperation.
In an interview with Mom.me, the 31-year-old talked about staying slim while expecting a baby – and insisted that her doctor says she’s perfectly healthy.
Fitness competitor: Stacie Venagro, 31, is a three-time World Miss Fitness America Pro – so she has naturally stayed fit throughout her pregnancy
Muscular mama: Stacie has been maintaining her muscular physique throughout her pregnancy, which is now 30 weeks along
As a three-time World Miss Fitness America Pro with several other fitness competition titles under her belt, Stacie is used to having a muscular middle – so that wasn’t about to change just because she got pregnant.
Since getting her happy baby news, she has continued to work out and eat a low-calorie diet with only a few minor adjustments on the recommendation of her doctor.
He told her that she could continue to lift weights, as long as she wasn’t straining. She has, and regularly posts photos of herself at the gym in addition to baby bump snaps.
The doctor also said that she should add an extra 200 calories a day, which he does with healthy additions to her regular meals.
Tough: The ripples of her abs, which are between her baby and her skin, can be seen in her photos (here at 29 weeks)
No baby belly yet: Her ab muscles didn’t just disappear when she got pregnant, and she continues to do safe core exercises
‘I wanted to make sure they were clean calories,’ she explained. ‘I take in either a bigger breakfast or lunch and a smaller dinner.’
For breakfast, she might have an Isagenix shake with blueberries, chia and flax seeds, frozen berries, coconut oil, and powdered peanut butter.
For lunch, she’ll eat egg whites, Ezekiel toast, and spinach, or maybe pasta e fagioli, chicken, green beans, and roasted potatoes. Then, for dinner, she’ll just have a shake or bar.
‘My husband thinks I need to eat more. He’ll bring me home dark chocolate or peanut butter balls and say, “You can eat it, you can afford it.” And I can, and I do, but I do it in moderation,’ she added, explaining that sometimes she has chocolate mousse or a cookie.
Gym pro: She has had to change some of her exercises, and yoga has gotten difficult to do with her bump
Fans: Her followers, who looked to her for fitness inspiration since before she was pregnant (pictured), have reacted positively to her muscular baby bump
In fact, her husband and other family members seem to be the only ones who have anything negative to say about her body, which is likely just out of concern.
She hasn’t gotten attached on Instagram, which she finds remarkable considering the attacks made on other super-slim moms. Instead, followers have been praising her as she shares weekly bump updates.
Stacie said that she first started to see a change in her body at 20 weeks (most women start to show at 12 to 16 weeks), when she saw her stomach coming out a bit and realized her jeans didn’t fit as well.
By 25 weeks, some workouts were getting harder, like yoga, and she eventually had to adjust her core workouts so she wasn’t doing them on her back.
At 28 weeks, something had happened to her body that never had before. She shared a picture on Instagram with the caption: ‘I’ve got a “booty-do” – it’s where my belly sticks out more than my booty do!’
Not eating for two: She eats a mostly low-calorie, healthy diet but has dessert sometimes, too; her doctor told her she only needed to add 200 calories a day
Getting her sweat on: Her doctor said she could continue to go to the gym and even lift weights, as long as she wasn’t straining
Through all of this, her doctor continues to say that she is healthy and measuring where she should be. Her baby is doing well.
‘Listening to the doctors and making sure you are on track is all you need,’ she said. ‘Don’t let someone else’s negativity ruin your day or even stress you out during your own pregnancy.
‘One person may gain 15 pounds and the next may gain 100 pounds; everyone is different. You can only compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
Like Stacie, lingerie model Sarah Stage made headlines for her trim physique while pregnant with her son. She, however, repeatedly came under fire from followers, who criticized her and accused her of hurting her baby.
James, who is now nine months old, was born healthy, and Sarah’s body quickly snapped back to its pre-baby size.