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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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The Pregnant Ballerina welcomed daughter, Lumina Belle

The woman who helped train Natalie Portman for her role in The Black Swan got a special Christmas delivery and welcomed her first child, daughter Lumina Belle on 6am December 26, 2013.

Mary Helen Bowers and daughter Lumina Belle at 9 days old. She danced up until giving birth to her. – Instagram

Mary Helen Bowers caught many people’s attention with the beautiful photos of herself she shared on her Instagram account of her in graceful ballet poses while 9 months pregnant. 

Bowers, who owns Ballet Beautiful ballet instructions company, got permission from her doctor to dance up until the week before she was scheduled to deliver. 
“I just love knowing that when I’m dancing, the baby is dancing,” Bowers, 33, told TODAY Moms. “It’s just been awesome to know there’s this little life that’s sharing in everything you do every day.”

The Columbia University English literature grad danced for 10 years with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center after getting a full scholarship at age 15 to study at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan.  Bowers was invited to join New York City Ballet a year later at age 16.
“I feel like that’s really helped me with my balance and helped prevent back pain and a lot of other aches and pains that are really common with pregnancy,” she said of being able to dance all pregnancy long. “It’s a beautiful time. You feel connected to your body on a level like never before.”
Photos: Instagram.com/BalletBeautiful

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