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This Australian News Mag Article About Motherhood Ruining Miranda Kerr’s Figure Got Me Heated

Opinion; by Jay Jay Ghatt

I was online and an article from an Australian news mag, news.com.au,  scrolled through my feed with an article discussing Australian super model Miranda Kerr, and specifically her comments in a recent Marie Claire article that are supposed to be about body positivity.

Kerr gave birth to her second son, Hart, six months ago, with husband, Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel.

However, to me, the news.com.au article and especially its headline and Kerr’s statements in her Marie Claire interview do nothing to affirm the confidence of women who are mothers. Absolutely nothing in my opinion!

I am not sure the intent but they both missed the mark.

Let’s go through it, shall we?

At first blush, the headline reads that Kerr is “Ok that motherhood ruined her figure.” Oh really?

First of all, motherhood did not ruin her figure.  That is a very off-the-mark suggestion.

I am pretty sure motherhood enhanced her life and I’m also certain it gave her new curves. In  many cultures and countries around the world, curves are very much appreciated by many women and men worldwide.  Some women I know personally work hard to acquire curves.  Also, look at the Kim Kardashian phenomenon, for example. Note all these Instagram models that are getting butt enhancements, injections and wearing padded pants or photoshopping curves into there photos!

In that sense, then, motherhood made her figure better! It did not “ruin” her body, at all, necessarily!

Second, the headline casts a negative light on pregnancy and relays why a lot of women experience pregorexia and deprive themselves and their babies of much needed nutrients while pregnant over fear of gaining weight. This headline feeds into that very harmful notion of pregnancy being something that will mess up one’s body and figure.

I cannot stand it!

Inside the Marie Claire piece, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel who has a 7-year old son named Flynn with ex Orlando Bloom says “It’s OK, I’ve got a mum-bod and it’s fine!”

There is a very negative connotation behind the term “mum-bod” in that quote. This sentence relays that she is content with having a body associated with mothers. Ugh.

Society continue to tell women who are mothers that there bodies are unacceptable, not attractive and should be something we work hard on changing, altering, or improving.

The News.Au site feeds into this horrible notion when it states of Kerr, “even when she was heavily pregnant, Kerr showed off her curves for photographers.”

“Even when? “ “Even When?”

Hear me now: Women with or without having a baby bump have curves and take photos and have photos taken of them. Having curves is not a reason to not be worthy of being photographed!

I really hate this article! It’s so mean!

Then Kerr doesn’t add much to the convo by being quoted saying in that Marie Claire article, “I don’t mind. It’s all part of it. I took nine months – well, 10 months – to grow a beautiful child and it might take 10 months to feel good in a swimsuit again.”

You shouldn’t need a size 0 figure or body to feel good in a swim suit. It’s not a body positive article at all.

That’s all I have to say about this topic but there is no wonder women are not supported in so many aspects of their lives, before, during and after they join motherhood.

Media and major influential figure internalize and spout out so much toxic positions.

Ok. Off my high horse for the day! Have a great week all!

Let’s continue the conversation. I can be found everywhere in social media  @Bellyitch on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook!

 

9-months pregnant lingerie model shocks the Internet AGAIN!

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The only thing new you need to know about the latest photo of lingerie model Sarah Stage flaunting a six pack over her 9-month pregnant belly is that it is not normal. It’s her normal, however, because she is super fit and very healthy and has great genes, as we’ve blogged about HERE before… but yes, she is  far from average.
Fellahs, don’t ever shame a woman for not maintaining her physique like this woman. You women who plan to become pregnant one day, don’t expect to look like this and definitely don’t starve yourself or baby if you can’t achieve this look. That would be pregorexia, a horrible and dangerous trend that has surged especially because of coverage of celebrities who manage to stay super svelte even while pregnant. 
We’ve blogged about pregorexia Here. 
There’s nothing more really to the story other than  it promotes an unrealistic standard and unintentionally may contribute to shaming of average pregnant women who actually gain weight during pregnancy, including celebrity women and others. 
No hate here. We wish her a very safe delivery as her baby is due in 10 days and we are sending her “healthy recovery and pregnancy” vibes. We have a sneaky suspicion she will bounce back into shape in no time! *jealous snark* 
The End.

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Savannah Guthrie on pregnancy weight gain: We don’t need another heaping of guilt

Yesterday, we got into celebrities who manage to remain pretty skinny even while pregnant and their role in contributing  to an unhealthy trend of pregorexia – women who purposefully starve themselves so not to gain too much weight.
In TODAY show host Savannah Guthrie‘s blog, she addressed the stress of gaining too much weight while pregnant and shared how she found herself teetering on “the Pregnancy Weight Gain Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Gain More than 25-30 pounds during pregnancy.”
But through her piece, she talks about coming to a resolution with herself that the pressure is overwhelming and too stressful.  It helps that her OB/GYN told her to not sweat the guidelines too much! Yahoo! Anyway, in her blog, Guthrie writes:

I know we shouldn’t pile on the pounds during pregnancy. It isn’t healthy, and we don’t want to dig a weight gain hole so deep we can’t Jazzercise our way out of it. But let’s keep it in perspective. It is just a recommendation. If we look and feel healthy, can’t we give ourselves a break?

At this stage of pregnancy, the average baby weighs 2-3 pounds. The other 28 pounds is boobs, clearly, and who knows what else: blood and fluid and placenta and what have you. You know what we don’t need? Another big heaping serving of guilt weighing us down.

Agreed! Amen!
photo: courtesy TODAY

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Celebrities and Pregorexia: All about super skinny pregnant celebrities

Celebrities like Selma Blair, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr & Bethenny Frankel who managed to remain thin while pregnant may unwillingly contribute to rising cases of pregorexia among average women.
Sheknows.com spoke with a eating disorder therapist who broke down the rising problem of pregorexia, a condition where a mom-to-be refuses to eat enough for herself and developing baby over fears of weight gain. It even delves into the media and celebrities’ role in contributing to the increase in pregorexia cases nationwide.

In the piece, Sharon Zimbler, a marriage and family therapist posits about the woman who is suffering from this clinical disorder:
The woman may have had an eating disorder before she became pregnant that may or may not have been diagnosed. Oftentimes, women who have “disordered eating” or serious body-image issues may find themselves overwhelmed with the weight gain associated with pregnancy. These women may start developing an eating disorder during their pregnancies.
Media and societal influences affect our ideas of what pregnancy should look like. Unfortunately, we are inundated with images of very thin women barely gaining weight during pregnancy, only to find these same women losing their baby weight soon after the birth of their children. Many women find themselves worried about losing their baby weight before they even have their babies.
Women with established eating disorders suffer from cognitive distortions, which affect their ability to perceive themselves accurately. A woman may think she is eating a certain amount, but may actually be eating less than she realizes, or a woman may think she is not overexercising but actually is.
A woman with an eating disorder lacks perspective on her behaviors. Women with eating disorders have a strong need to control things in their lives. They do this by controlling what they eat or don’t eat. They also control whether they keep the food down. Women with pregorexia feel they have lost control over their bodies.
Continue reading the entire piece in SheKnows.

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