Dear world: Pregnant women SHOULD gain weight during pregnancy!

Um, excuse me, but when did it suddenly become OK for the world to bash women for putting on some extra pounds during their pregnancy? Isn't there like some unwritten rule that forbids people from insulting a woman's appearance during such a fragile and hormonal time? I thought so, but apparently no one else got the memo since the media has gone batshit crazy over mom-to-be Jessica Simpson's weight gain, calling her "huge, almost unrecognizable" and criticizing her for indulging in pregnancy cravings, like buttered Pop Tarts.


Recently, Vanity Fair, InTouch and a bunch of other publications have all run stories about Simpson's tummy growth, stating that she's at risk for gestational diabetes and condemning her for gaining an "unhealthy" amount of weight. According to Jezebel, Hollywood Life even spoke to an OBGYN about the "situation", who actually went on record saying that a pregnant woman should only eat 1200 calories a day. 1200!!! I'm not pregnant, never have been pregnant and am not close to getting pregnant and even I know that there's no way in hell that's correct information. 1200 calories is nowhere near enough to sustain a woman while she's having a baby. Seriously, are these people insane?

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And OK so buttered Pop Tarts might be gross but the woman is GROWING A HUMAN. She is allowed to be hungry. She is allowed to indulge. Yes, there is a line and every expecting woman should be healthy--but healthy is by no means equivalent to 1200 calories. Besides, if she has to deal with losing extra weight after having the baby, then that's her problem, not anyone else's.

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People really need to get hobbies or find better things to do with their time than talk about what others weigh, especially when that other person is pregnant. I mean, really, would you like having your pregnancy critiqued in nationally published magazines? Yeah, didn't think so.

What do you think of the media's criticisms? Do you agree or disagree?

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on Apr 6, 2012 at 4:49 AM

OMG they need to leave that girl alone...what the heck do they think happens to pregnant women?

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on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM
this isnt universally true. It depends on the health of the woman before becoming pregnant and her habits during pregnancy. for instance if a woman is a poor eater and obese, becomes pregnant and begins to make healthier eating decisions, she's very likely to lose weight during pregnancy. on the other hand, if a woman is in relatively decent health and makes no significant changes to her diet (or worse, increases consumption because she's fallen victim to the myth of "eating for two"), she is probably going to gain weight.
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on Apr 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM

First it is stupid to call her fat but the dr is right. My diet during pregnancy was 1200-1500 calories.

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on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM
OMG! if you look at her most of her "hugenous" is her baby belly and her cleavage... she is carring a large baby for crying out loud! Her fiance was well over 10lbs. when he was born! LEAVE HER ALONE... look at yourself in the mirror before you critize other people. She has always looked down upon, even before she was pregnant. give the girl a break!
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on Apr 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

it's really stupid for the media to criticize her ESPECIALLY since she is pregnant. I think it's utterly stupid!

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