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Watch as mum 'deflates' baby bump in viral video: 'How is this possible?'

By Georgia Weir|

From simple stunts to extreme challenges, TikTok trends can range from the innocuous to the downright dangerous.

A video of a heavily-pregnant mum on TikTok appearing to 'deflate' her baby bump has gone viral amassing over 16.6 million views.

In the short video, the mum-to-be, Angie Faith from the US, sucks in her pregnant belly as a hissing sound plays. "Trying this 40 weeks pregnant," she writes.

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Angela sucks in her pregnant belly in a viral TikTok (TikTok)

Angie, 20, told TODAY Parents that she got the idea after seeing the trend on TikTok.

The trend seems to have started back in 2020, when a woman named Megan Call posted a TikTok titled "the ultimate baby bump challenge," where her husband pulls a fake plug from her pregnant tummy.?

"I wanted to try it, too, I have really strong core muscles so it was easy," Angela told TODAY. "It didn't hurt or anything."

Viewers were amazed and confused by the stunt.

"How is that possible?" one user said in a state of shock.

"Why is my room getting smaller?" another user joked.

"I did this with my daughter and my waters went pop," said another.

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Mum Angie Keith 'deflates' baby bump in viral video: 'How is this possible?' (TikTok)

Others had concerns about the safety of her little one. "Is the baby okay?', asked one.

The young mum-of-three says her son, Finley, was born happy and healthy back in June.

While the video is certainly entertaining to watch, is there any potential danger to the baby?

According to Edwina Sharrock, an experienced Australian midwife and BirthBeat founder, while she probably wouldn't recommend women try out the challenge, it's unlikely to do any damage.

"As always, it's a woman's choice ?about what they do with their pregnant body, so let's not judge," Edwina tells 9Honey Parenting. "The reality is the baby is in an amniotic sac ?and very well-protected."

"However, there is no medical research around this exact trick, and we can't categorically say it's safe, so why not err on the side of caution."

Edwina also explained that the mum is basically doing 'diaphragmatic breathing' and engaging her core, and clearly has very strong core muscles.

"If women want to have fun ?with their baby bump, let them do it," she concludes. "Let's never judge. Women get enough judgment when they're pregnant."

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