Worried about Gaining Too Much Baby Weight?
Submitted by DevaD
Does anyone else besides me feel like celebrity pregnancies are giving regular people pregnancies a bad rap? Not only do celebrity mamas bounce back from having kids faster than the rest of us, they somehow manage to look gorgeous the whole entire nine months, too! (Angelina, I'm talking to you!) I swear, if I have to see one more photo of a glowing celebrity mom carrying around a newborn baby while wearing size zero skinny jeans, I'm going to scream!
I'm now 22 weeks pregnant
with my second kid and I'm freaking out about gaining the baby weight
again. I already have a major complex about losing my pregnancy weight because I gained like 60 pounds during my first pregnancy and it took me forever to lose it. (Nine months on, nine months off
, my ass!) But now, thanks to the celebs like Rebecca Romijn—who looked amazing while she was pregnant
and also bounced back after the birth of her twins in, what, a week?!-I'm freaking out about looking svelte during my pregnancy, too!
Apparently, I'm not the only one feeling the pressure. According to the Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders
, more and more women are concerned about their pregnancy weight gain
and are becoming obsessed with staying thin during their pregnancies; especially women who've had eating disorders in the past. Of course, not gaining enough weight during pregnancy can be bad for the baby, with risks such as slow fetal growth, low birth weight, increased chance of c-section
and a higher risk of early miscarriage
. In other words, women are supposed
to gain weight when I'm pregnant. So why can't I shake this paranoia about packing on the pounds?
I gotta admit, I'm a little worried that I'm going to get pregnorexia (no joke, it's a word!) or something. I'm so scarred from the weight battles of my first pregnancy that this time around I find myself being obsessed with what I eat. I've been skipping dessert and laying off the carbs. Of course, I don't want to jeopardize my baby's health, but when I see a skinny mini pregnant celebrity and it stresses me out!
There is so much darn pressure in this society to be thin, it's like the media has made it unacceptable to gain any type of weight. It's like, OK, Star , magazine we get it: Celebrity mommies bounce back faster, better and perkier than the rest of us (thank to their personal chefs, trainers and diet gurus). But do we have to have it shoved in our faces every week?! And now you're celebrating the fact that they're staying skinny during their pregnancies, too? Gimme a break!
Is it kinda gross that even pregnant women are now facing these weight Hollywood pressures? Or is it just me who's feeling insecure?