Genetically gifted and seemingly flawless, Aussie model Belle Lucia generally never looks anything short than picture perfect in all of her many social media snaps.
“I love my veins!”
But the young mum-to-be and Instagram influencer, who was trolled and criticised for being “unhealthy” due to her small baby bump at 23 week pregnant, has once again caused a stir.
Yet this time, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
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1 more week until I’m in the 3rd trimester 😱 Casually got a 37cm baby inside me 🥰 bikini – @cupshe #cupshe use my code bellelucia for a 10% discount 🌸🌸🌸 #bikini p.s I know I got a veiny chest 😂 happens because your blood volume increases by 50% when pregnant and they go away after pregnancy when your blood volume returns.
Now entering her third trimester, Belle, 24, has gained praise and a wave of support from women and mums around the nation – all due to her veiny pregnancy boobs!
Belle shared the picture on Instagram saying, “I more week until I’m in the 3rd trimester. Casually got a 37cm baby inside me. P.S. I know I got a veiny chest – happens because your blood volume increases by 50% when pregnant and they go away after pregnancy when your blood volume returns.”
“Love how true the photo is”
Choosing to show and embrace her veins rather than edit or hide them really impressed and resonated with many of her 1.4 million followers.
“Love how true the photo is,” said one follower.
Another replied to Belle’s pic saying, “You are such a wonderful role model.”
“Thank you for not photoshopping! Your pregnancy is beautiful and so are the side effects,” said another.
To which Belle replied, “I love my veins! I think they’re pretty not even kidding.”
Just like many other not-so-glam side effects of pregnancy (such as weight gain, cellulite, heartburn and mood swings to name a few!), veiny boobs often leave women feeling self-conscious during pregnancy.
Belle proudly embracing her pregnancy her body brought the somewhat taboo topic to the surface, and also showed that although models may seem perfect, they too have imperfections just like the rest of us.
It’s definitely a positive message and reminder for all pregnant women and mums-to-be out there to embrace their bodies – after all, they are working overtime to grow that precious little human inside.