Blink and you’ll miss it! One minute these mums-to-be look pregnant and the next they don’t.
What’s this crazy secret you ask? It’s called ‘belly pumping’.
In the clips posted online, pregnant women can be seen engaging in deep core breathing exercises, which are said to have multiple benefits for a pregnant woman’s body. It’s completely memorising to watch, as their baby bumps seem to completely disappear.
The ‘belly pump’ is just one of a series of deep core exercises taught by The Bloom Method fitness programme, founded by Brooke Cates.
“The belly pump follows your breath with an inhale as the belly expands,” explained on Instagram. “Exhale as you activate your pelvic floor and TA [Transverse Abdominis, deep core muscle] together. Keep the breath slow and controlled throughout the exercise.”
Brooke says she’s on a mission to change fitness for mums both during pregnancy and post birth, after noticing that many were feeling that becoming a mother meant ‘giving up’ their bodies.
“I saw a need for it,” she told Babble. “I thought, ‘Wow, what a negative way to see becoming a mother.”
According to Brooke the benefits of undertaking belly pumping exercises include decreasing lower back and pelvic pain, improving pelvic floors and helping to teach pregnant women how to effectively push in labour.
And what happens to the baby when it ‘disappears’? Apparently it is completely fine and slips into the mum’s rib cage on the deep exhale. Belly pumping advocates claim the practice is completely safe.
Gives a whole new meaning to the idea of sucking your tummy in, right?