Spanish model and entrepreneur Fatima Rabago, who's currently five months pregnant with her second child, captured our attention early this week when she flaunted her tiny baby bump on Instagram. The wife of Brazilian-Japanese model Hideo Muraoka made a buzz among netizens, eliciting admiration and surprise at the same time.
As her baby bump trended online, the Spanish model-entrepreneur found all the comments funny. Accordingly, she wasn't expecting it to garner such reactions.
"In Spain, generally if you are the skinny type, the bump normally comes out around five to six months, so this is pretty normal for me," Fatima told Pep.ph via direct message on Instagram. "I actually gained more weight than expected this first five months, according to my OB, but I don't care much about it." This is Fatima's second pregnancy.
When she was pregnant with Danda, their eight-year-old daughter, Fatima also had a tiny baby bump. She said, "It didn't show up till this same stage. But once it started to show up, it grew so fast!" Four months after giving birth to their daughter, the couple made Manila their new home base.
Fatima loves being pregnant. And her favorite part about it? Well, the baby bump. She remarked, "It is amazing to see what my body does. The feel of a tiny human inside is wonderful. I'm loving every part of it, even the not-so-good. It is beautiful seeing a perfectly rounded pregnant bump. I can't wait for mine to grow." She added, "When the 'actual bump' finally came out in my first pregnancy, I loved showing my bump all the time."
Despite her toned physique, and with a baby growing inside her, Fatima would not call herself a "fitness buff." The Spanish model revealed she has "always been active ever since a kid."
"I try to do as much exercise as I can, but it is hard to juggle work, family, and self-care sometimes," she admitted. "I used to do a lot of yoga and train at the time, but my main [exercise] is yoga at Urban Ashram Yoga. I discovered yoga with them. It is my favorite activity."
Fatima reveals that she and Hideo often do yoga together. She remarked, "I wish I was more committed to working out actually. But I try to have balance always."
And, believe it or not, Fatima does not follow any diet. "I've never been on a diet even since my first pregnancy. I was raised as a kid eating healthy by my parents, but not for being skinny or sexy." She says that eating healthy is a choice. "We do it for health and we raise our kid the same way."
Fatima shares, "I always eat organic vegetables, have eggs straight from the chickens." She notes "It is very important for us to know what we put inside our bodies."
While her cheat food include chocolates and sweets, "I never had access to [soft drinks] or junk food till my teenage years. And I thank my parents so much for that."
She also adds that being aware [of what they eat], helps to achieve their goal of growing old with energy and [good] health, as well as "to prevent sickness that is all around nowadays."
In the end, Fatima said our fitness goals should not be about becoming "skinny or sexy." For her, the goal should be "to live a healthy life you want for your kids." She said, "Because they are watching. And they really do what they see." And she shares wise words for all the gals out there, too. "Don't push yourself. The first step is to know your body. You can't compare your body to others. All types of bodies are fine! Sometimes takes longer, sometimes takes no effort [to be fit], but is your journey," she says.
*This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.