Chontel Duncan: My six pack caused serious labour complications

Super-fit mum Chontel Duncan revealed her six-pack caused problems at birth. Photo / instagram, Chontel Duncan
Super-fit mum Chontel Duncan revealed her six-pack caused problems at birth. Photo / instagram, Chontel Duncan

Fitness guru Chontel Duncan made headlines for rocking a full set of abs during her pregnancy, but now the 27-year-old has revealed her six-pack caused serious complications.

"They struggled to rip Jeremiah from my tummy as my abs locked him in super tight as I began vomiting during the operation," she wrote on Instagram. "This is why my scar was cut up on my right side because the surgeon had to cut me further an use forceps to successfully get Jeremiah out. Perhaps a down side to a strong core."

Duncan gave birth to baby Jeremiah in March, via an emergency caesarean.

Although she hoped to give birth naturally, she said her mantra was to "go through all means necessary so baby feels nothing", and when doctors recommended the surgery she immediately signed the forms.

"Within 20 minutes I had my baby in my arms," she wrote.

The Queensland-based personal trainer and founder of HIIT Australia, maintained toned muscles and a lean frame throughout her pregnancy - despite delivering a seven-pound baby.


The former Miss Universe contestant, who is 186 centimetres tall, only put away her boxing gloves and runners seven days before going into labour.

She attracted criticism for her barely-there bump, attributing the tiny belly to "clean eating".

"Each woman carries different and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy," she said at the time.


This image, showing a comparison with a friend who was at the exact same stage of pregnancy, caused a stir online, due to the difference in size of the women's bellies.

After a mandatory six-week rest, she bounced back into her training regimen, regaining her pre-birth body within months.


Baby "Miah" has now become a regular on her Instagram feed, as Duncan shares the highs and lows of her parenting experience with her 572,000 followers.

While most pictures document cute smiles, learning to sit and bath time, Duncan also reveals what happens when a green frappé doesn't quite go to plan.


She told her followers she would love to have three more children, and says she will try for a vaginal delivery.

"So to all the women out there wearing a caesarean scar, I am VERY proud of what mine means and for the beautiful gift I received through mine," she wrote. "They are memories of the day we all became mummies."

- news.com.au

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