Brittany Perille said the only difference in what she posted to social media compared to what she typically shared for followers was that this time, her pregnant belly wasn’t covered up.


As People reported, in October 2016, Perille, six-months pregnant at the time, shared a video with her 1 million Instagram followers exercising in leggings and a sports bra. The fitness trainer’s burgeoning belly was on full display for fans.


Twenty-four hours later, Perille received notice her Instagram account had been locked for violating the social media site’s policy regarding nudity.

Perille told People:

“I couldn’t believe I was shut down for posting a bare belly pregnancy workout video. I didn’t understand how my video was seen as violating Instagram’s community guidelines of no ‘nudity.’”

Perille said the video, below, was the first time she had ever showed fans her baby bump:

Yesss I am Biggg ? and Well Aware ✋?… but to be honest I truly do not care?? I have debated sharing this video of my big bare belly in full workout mode because of body shaming comments that I am sure will come ?. Ultimately, this wasn’t a great enough reason to keep me from sharing and empowering women to love their bodies through each stage of their fitness journeys ????. Six pack or big belly I still hustle ?? I only have around 3 1/2 months left of carrying around this bump ?? and will do it wearing whatever I want ✌?️. Cannot wait to do comparison vids postnatal ?? *Vid is slightly sped up. Keep in mind my body is positioned in ways that are comfortable for my pregnant body. || For the supps I took pre-pregnancy. My post workout Nutrition Always includes Whey+Protein (chocolate flavor ?) ?? @legionath @legionath Code:”Brittany” for a discount

A post shared by Brittany Perille Yobe ♡ (@brittanyperilleee) on Oct 19, 2016 at 9:56am PDT

The workout star captioned the clip in part: “Yesss I am Biggg ? and Well Aware ✋?… but to be honest I truly do not care??…”

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Perille explained:

“All I was doing in the video was working out like I’d done in all the other workout videos I have posted for years. There was nothing out of the ordinary in this one besides my bump.”

Moreover, it was the first time Perille, who gained her social media following from her fitness videos, was well enough to return to the gym following a difficult first trimester in which the expecting mom was sick most of the time.


As Cosmopolitan reported, Perille’s Instagram account had been flagged for either “sexually suggestive” content or “nudity” after the video was posted. Perille, distraught over the ban of her source of income, maintained it was due to not covering up her pregnant belly:

“I am certain I am not the only woman who has been shut down for posting pictures and videos of a child growing inside my belly.”

Perille admitted to having previously had photos removed for violating Instagram’s community guidelines, but this was the first time her account was suspended, according to People.


According to 9Honey, Perille’s Instagram account was reinstated a short time later, reportedly after her story drew widespread criticism of the social media site.

Now, a little over a year since Perille’s story made headlines for her pregnancy belly for being “too sexy” for social media, the fitness trainer continues to share her journey through motherhood with the public, this time with a new workout partner in tow:


And whole new kind of “baby bump” on display:


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