Trainer Who Shared Photo Comparing Pregnant Bellies Shocked by Backlash

Chontel Duncan Receives Backlash for Photo Comparing Pregnant Bellies
Chontel Duncan
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updated 03/12/2016 AT 12:10 PM EST

originally published 03/11/2016 AT 06:10 PM EST

When Chontel Duncan posted the now-viral photo of herself and a friend showing off their very different pregnant bellies – despite being just four weeks apart – she never imagined the reaction would be so crazy.

"I thought it’d be very obvious that we would carry differently," Duncan, 27, tells PEOPLE. "I'm clearly extremely tall and hold a lot more muscle mass. Plus it was [my friend] Nat’s third pregnancy. It's my first."

Duncan, who is due with her first son on March 15th, wanted to show that every body is unique, and we shouldn't judge each other based on appearance.

Plus, women shouldn't be afraid of how their body will change when they start carrying a baby.



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"It also shows women that pregnancy isn’t all about going from one extreme to another – women shouldn’t fear pregnancy," Duncan adds.

Duncan, a HIIT trainer and bodybuilder in Australia, hasn't had to change her workouts too much during her pregnancy.

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"My approach to my fitness now [that I'm] pregnant has been a slow progression of modifying exercise after exercise as I get further into my pregnancy," she explains. "I've enjoyed training while pregnant and haven’t felt like it's more effort – it’s just a motherly instinct to taper particular movements as you feel the body change and ability lessen."

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And her diet was already perfect for pregnancy – for the most part.

"Besides having scrambled eggs instead of runny eggs, thankfully I didn’t have to change my diet," Duncan says.

She's enjoyed her pregnancy so much that she wants to add to the family – very soon!

"If all goes well, I plan to fall pregnant again this year," she says.
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