When people made passing comments to Daegan Coyne that her baby bump was ‘way too small’, she started to wonder if everything was okay.
The Gold Coast mum-to-be is pregnant with her first child, and despite being told by doctors her baby’s size is in fact above average, peoples comments had her scared.
The experience prompted her to speak out and say there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to pregnancy, and told Daily Mail Australia women should not compare their bump with others.
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Speaking out: Gold Coast mum-to-be Daegan Coyne is 30 weeks pregnant and said people often commented on her ‘tiny’ bump
All pregnancies are different: She said as a first time mum the comments scared her and made her question whether everything was okay with her pregnancy
Mrs Coyne, 30, is an IFBB (International Federation of Body Building) bikini competitor and lawyer from the Gold Coast.
She is an advocate for health and fitness, and her Instagram has amassed more than 26,000 followers.
There she has shared progress photos of her pregnancy, and used the platform to share her message on motherhood.
All different: Mrs Coyne said there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to pregnancy
Individual: The fitness advocate wants other mothers to not compare their bumps with those they see on Instagram
Nothing to worry about: Mrs Coyne said doctors told her her baby girl is bigger than average
‘I have had pregnant friends called out for being “too big”, others “far too muscly” and myself, the “you’re way too small”,’ she said.
‘Given I am yet to see one lady carry their pregnancy shape and size the same as another, I believe it’s safe to assume peeps [sic] that there is no “one size fits all” pregnancy.
‘I know heaps of the comments aren’t meant to be hurtful or upsetting by any means, but we all have enough to worry about being a new mum … let alone whether you are the size you are “expected” to be.’
Not alone: Instagram star and CrossFit trainer Revie Jane Schulz spoke out on the same issue after people said she had a large baby bump
Baby on board: She said at 24 weeks pregnant she ‘looked like a lot of people’s full term’ and would receive many comments about her size
Mrs Coyne is friends with fit mums Revie Jane Schulz and Chontel Duncan, who both attracted comments about the size of their bumps during pregnancy.
On Tuesday Revie shared a throw-back photo to when she was 24 weeks pregnant, where she said she: ‘looked like a lot of people’s full term’.
She said people regularly told her her bump was ‘huge’, and the comments made her want to hide away and at times reduced her to tears.
Compare the pair: Chontel Duncan’s photo compared her bump at 21.5 weeks pregnant with her friend Nat’s who was four weeks further along
Chontel Duncan made headlines for having abs while pregnant, and a photo that compared her bump at 21.5 weeks to that of a friend’s four weeks further along in their pregnancy went viral.
Mrs Coyne said women should not compare their own baby bumps to those they see on Instagram, and there is no perfect size for all pregnant women.
‘We want to make it known that every single person carries their pregnancy differently,’ she said.
Mum to be: ‘We want to make it known that every single person carries their pregnancy differently,’ she said
Not intentional: She said people did not mean to be hurtful when they commented on her bump size
‘You aren’t expected to look like everyone else on Instagram.
‘I think there’s this unrealistic expectation, but I don’t think anyone really knows what that expectation is.’
Mrs Coyne said earlier on in her pregnancy, many people commented that she didn’t even have a bump and asked if she was sure she was pregnant.
She said while no one intended to be mean with their comments, she urged people to think before they speak.
‘They should re-word and say you’re perfect for your size, you’re perfect for who you are and everybody is different,’ she said.