Body-baring photos of a fitness Instagrammer’s ripped abs? No problem. Video of her working out with her pregnant belly on full display? Suspended.
Trainer Brittany Perille found her Instagram account locked down Thursday for “nudity” after the six-months pregnant mom-to-be shared a new workout video, and believes that her followers were upset to see her changing body on display.
“I have posted tons of exercise videos working out in a public gym wearing athletic sports bras and yoga pants, but this time it was different. This video was the first video — I had yet to share my new body, my mommy-to-be body,” Perille, 27, tells PEOPLE. “This video showcased my new baby bump where my washboard abs used to be. I guess my six-month-pregnant belly was too much for Instagram to handle.”
Perille, who has almost 1 million Instagram followers, says she was “confused and shocked” to see her account suspended.
“I couldn’t believe I was shut down for posting a bare belly pregnancy workout video,” she says. “I didn’t understand how my video was seen as violating Instagram’s community guidelines of no ‘nudity.’ ”
The Oxnard, California-based trainer did have one of her pre-pregnancy photos removed back in April, but this was the first time her account had been suspended.
“Pre-pregnancy I hadn’t received many comments of body shaming besides a couple Instagram users who have stated I am ‘too muscular’ or ‘too shredded,’ which I am more than positive came from people who just enjoy arguing behind a phone or computer screen,” she explains. “Now, being six months pregnant, I have received a handful of comments stating I am ‘too big,’ ‘too pregnant’ and ‘too out of shape’ to be posting bare belly pics and workout videos.”
She believes the change in tune is because of outdated beliefs about pregnant women.
“So many people have been conditioned to think women are ‘out of shape’ and handicapped while being pregnant. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to be ashamed of your constantly changing growing body and it sure doesn’t mean stopping all exercising my body was conditioned to do before getting pregnant,” Perille says. “I believe this is why I have received much negativity.”
She’s now back on the social media app, but says the time offline has impacted her business.
“Almost all traffic to my website and sales of my Glute Guides has been from Instagram,” she says. “Being told by Instagram [that] my account has been ‘permanently deactivated’ had cost me my sponsorship with Legion Athletics Supplement Company and also halted the online sales of my program.”