Pregnant woman’s jaw-dropping selfie
An expectant mum's jaw-dropping six-pack at 39-weeks pregnant has officially left the internet in awe.
Kara Saunders, a CrossFit athlete from Queensland, has been sharing her beautiful bump photos with her 475,000 followers throughout her pregnancy.
But as her due date has neared, fans have been left in complete awe over her impressively toned physique.
After sharing her most recent photo, the 29-year-old was inundated with comments from people who've been bowled over by her muscular bump.
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3 9. W E E K S . She’s almost fully cooked! People constantly say I must be so done and ready to get her out, but I’m not. I want her to stay in there and get all fat and strong and come out ready to boss! She’ll come when it’s time. . I keep moving, eating well and drinking as much water as possible so I have some typical discomfort but it’s really not that bad. To be honest, it doesn’t matter because it’s not about me anyway. . Training looks more like movement and it’s so different each day. I can’t even give you a recipe I follow because there isn’t one. Overarching rule is baby comes first and moving is for health and that’s it. I did some box squats and my body LOVED it! I look for movements that activate the right things to support me holding a person on the front, and avoid overexertion or anything that could have a long term detrimental effect on my body. . One thing I’ve learnt is that just like training or nutrition this whole thing can be hard if you over complicate it or it can be the most natural and instinctual thing that just flows if you allow it to. I’ve enjoyed the entire process because I chose to 😊✌🏽 #39weekspregnant #anydaynow #bubbasaundo #thatbellythough
"Still got better abs than me," one follower wrote.
"It's absurd how much definition you have in your obliques and abs at 39 weeks pregnant," another said.
"I could swear you have more muscle than me," someone else remarked.
"Obliques still poppin'," another said.
Another impressed fan said: "She is super fit for being pregnant."
Many other mums praised the fitness champion for sharing the changes to her body, telling the mum-to-be she looked "incredible".
On some of her earlier posts, fans also marvelled over her abs while expecting.
"How do you have abs and you're pregnant?" one person quizzed.
"Even your pregnant belly has muscles," another commented.
Someone else joked: "You can see the baby's triceps near your abs."
Kara has been open about her continued exercise regimen while expecting her first child, a daughter, with husband Matt Saunders.
The six-time CrossFit Games finalist and 2017's second fittest woman on earth has maintained her regular workouts, explaining in her final weeks of pregnancy her training "looks more like movement" than her usual gruelling workouts.
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* 4 WEEKS TO GO * . I’m at the pointy end now so I’ll update each Sunday until the end for those that are interested 😊 . 🏋🏽♀️ Training - let’s just say ski erg, DB’s, bike, swimming and Sleds 😂 Not intense, and not longer than an hour. Ligaments are a little loose now so loading has significantly decreased and I’m bored, but still stoked to be healthy and capable . 🥑 Food - I’m a little more conscious now that shits about to go down and this baby needs to get fat. Lots of meat and vegetables when I’m organised and I’m going to start slowly loading my carbs soon. I smash @atpscience NoWay Collagen protein when I can’t fit all the food in. The bar is 🙌🏽 . ⭐️ Life - Busy! Moving house and finalising the set up at @crossfit_kova from the big move. It WILL be cute again!! 😂 . 🤰🏽Overall - I’ve been lucky but not by accident. I’ve trained and ingrained good habits for the better part of a decade being an athlete, and the knowledge and practice has really paid off. I make good choices for me despite what anyone says or thinks and just ride my own wave. Everyday I’m thankful that I was raised to be independent, confident and strong and to make informed choices for myself, and to be ok with making mistakes. I’m so excited to see this little firecracker 🧨 . #thecountdownison #36weekspregnant
"Training looks more like movement and it's so different each day. I can't even give you a recipe I follow because there isn't one," she explained in her post.
In a post in April, Kara explained she'd started cutting back on the intensity of her workouts as she got closer to her due date.
"Training - not intense, and not longer than an hour," she said, adding: "I'm bored, but still stoked to be healthy and capable."
Earlier this year, Australia's "fittest man" James Newbury - also a CrossFit star - told news.com.au the staggering amount he spent on groceries, revealing he splashed out nearly $30,000 a year on food to fuel his training.
"I have to eat a lot of food, it varies a lot - but usually I eat between 5000-5500 calories when I'm competing," the 28-year-old told news.com.au.
"Every 3-4 days I spend $250 on groceries and buy organic where I can. My shopping bill can get a little crazy."