WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Thousands of TikTok users were left dumbfounded by a viral video that showed a pregnant woman’s baby bump ‘magically disappear’.
- In the video, the woman’s very noticeable baby bump can be seen slowly ‘deflating’ and flattening out.
- What she did was actually part of a set of deep core exercises meant for pregnant women — one that did not harm her or the baby.
Social media users were left dumbfounded by a video that featured a pregnant woman making her baby bump seemingly disappear.
Megan Call, a 23-year-old mom who is currently pregnant with her second child, shared the video on TikTok, with the caption “the ultimate baby bump challenge.”
In the video, Megan can be seen sporting a very noticeable baby bump. Her husband then pulls an imaginary plug from her tummy, followed by what sounds like a balloon popping and deflating — while Megan’s pregnant belly slowly flattened out.
Thousands of TikTok users were left speechless and confused as to what just happened.
One person commented, “I just vocally said wait what.”
“She really pulled out the reverse card on her pregnancy,” joked one user.
As expected, several viewers also expressed their concern over Megan’s unborn child. Was Megan’s demonstration safe?
Don’t worry, the baby was not flattened in the making of this viral video.
What Megan did was actually part of a set of deep core exercises meant for pregnant women. The move, known as the “Belly Pump,” is part of the “Bloom Method,” which was invented by Colorado personal trainer Brooke Cates.
According to Cates, the move causes the shrinking of a pregnant woman’s belly, but not because she is “sucking” the baby in. The move, which makes use of the body’s “inner core unit,” temporarily slides the fetus up further into the rib cage.
Cates explained the move to Today: “She’s inhaling with the diaphragm as the belly gets bigger and then on the exhale, she’s lifting through the pelvic floor and starting to wrap the transverse abdominal muscles.”
Cates touted her method as a way to help expectant mothers reduce the unpleasant effects of pregnancy, such as pelvic and back pain, incontinence, stretch marks, and loose skin.
While many agree that the exercise could indeed be beneficial, there’s little evidence to support it. But there are no indicators of it bringing any harm to the mother or baby.
Dr. Jaques Moritz, an OB-GYN at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, told Today, “I don’t think it’s going to hurt… learning about and controlling your abdominal muscles are great — you’re using them a lot for pushing a baby out, there’s no doubt about that.”
Similar belly pump videos had actually gone viral back in 2017, prompting doctors to advise pregnant women to undergo medical consultation before starting a new fitness program.