One would assume that in this day and age having a solid workout routine and a positive, consistent approach to physical health would be applauded. However, as many pregnant women have found, adopting the same attitude while “mit baby” is often met with scorn. Scorn that even celebrities are not immune to.
Despite countless health professionals — doctors and midwives — stating that there is “nothing wrong” with exercising while pregnant, and some claiming that it actually “improves heart health, reduces urinary incontinence, back pain, weight gain and diabetes,” it hasn’t stopped those who feel they know better from vocalizing their criticisms on social media — particularly toward pregnant celebrities.
From statements shaming ladies for their choice of exercise to their workout clothing and their vanity, I’m sorry to say that it’s likely this article will have you shouting “WHAT YEAR IS IT” at the screen.
Khloe Kardashian claps back at the trolls
After personally confirming her pregnancy via Instagram in December 2017, Khloe Kardashian shared a bunch of Snapchats (via People) that illustrated how she’s keeping fit while her little bundle develops inside her. The 33-year-old posted a series of workouts — from using the step machine, to weights, to resistance band training — while clad in black Nike sportswear and a flannel shirt wrapped around the bump.
This particular series of posts, it would seem, caused a flurry of disdain and faux-concern from her followers — reactions that Kardashian will not take lying down. Delivering the perfect clapback via her Twitter account, the reality TV star called out those “who think they are physicians all of a sudden,” and stated that her workouts are “cleared and highly recommended.” She also insinuated that if such negative comments continued she would “stop sharing sh*t.” Along with her post, she included a link to an article that offers 33 reasons to stay active when pregnant.
Kardashian is the author of Strong Looks Better Naked and star of her own makeover show, Revenge Body — so it would appear that she has already turned hurtful comments about her appearance into her own empire. Can’t think of a more empowering way to shut down haters and shamers.
Sarah Stage asks followers to stop mom shaming
Oh, what we would give to look like Sarah Stage, the American fitness model who cultured a 2+ million Instagram following thanks to her workout tips and all-round stunning lifestyle. However, on sharing a video of herself busting her butt during a fitness regime while six months pregnant, Stage found herself the center of viral attention — but not for the reasons she would’ve liked.
Although the comments on the aforementioned post have now been deactivated, Refinery29 reported in 2017 that Stage received rather brutal messages from “Insta-doctors” reprimanding the model for not thinking about her “unborn child.” One commenter apparently wrote:
“This is horrible what you are doing!! I think its ok to make exercises but not for your belly!!! I hope everything is gonna be ok with your 2. little one, think about your unborn child and not what your body should look like or becoming more ‘famous’ for doing this sh*t”
Stage, who has now added a Pregnancy Fitness Guide to her eBook, eventually responded to the remarks in a follow-up Instagram post, dated August 2017, which politely reminds followers that they should “do their research” before “judging others.” She adds that, while it’s important to seek medical advice from a doctor first, exercise “has many benefits for mom and baby,” and that we should be “supporting each other,” rather than making such remarks. She rounds it out with a poignant hashtag: #stopmomshaming.
Lara Trump was called “selfish” and “negligent”
Want to avoid chatting politics? Good, so do we. Although, no doubt, you’ve heard of the family Lara Trump married into back in 2014, it appears that a powerful connection doesn’t eliminate you from the wrath of internet shamers. Especially if you happen to share videos of yourself working out — while nine months pregnant — to hundreds of thousands of strangers on Instagram.
In September 2017, Trump posted an Instagram video that showed her undertaking a weight lifting sequence in her third trimester — you can hear her trainer in the background saying “week 39, still kicking ass!” The post was captioned: ‘Hoping the workout inspires this baby to make an appearance!!’
While we doubt she literally wanted her baby to slide out onto the floor of the gym — which would have been far from ideal — that didn’t stop the swathes of patronizing comments pouring in. “Be careful young lady,” wrote one follower, “your baby will come when he’s ready.” Another wrote, “An [sic] workout in your 8th month that is so disturbing, and rightly so.” Another passionate commenter wrote: “Sounds pretty selfish and a tad negligent regarding the baby and its residence card being revoked!!!! This is a train we all know we cannot get off of till its time…. Chill Lara, u still look good and u know it!!!”
With that many exclamation marks, it doesn’t seem like Lara is the one who needs to chill.
Chontel Duncan “didn’t deserve to be a mother”
She’s strong, fit, and motivated as hell. But as Australian fitness guru Chontel Duncan knows well, as soon as you post videos of yourself trying to maintain those positive attributes while pregnant, public reception isn’t so sweet.
In the Jan/Feb 2017 edition of Oxygen magazine, Duncan divulged that during her pregnancy, trolls emerged from shallow corners of the web to throw shade in her direction. “I was called anorexic, selfish, an idiot, they wished my baby to be stillborn, that I didn’t deserve to be a mother, that my child would be born disabled — the insults just kept coming.” Ouch.
She continued to say that negative comments from strangers arrived throughout her entire pregnancy. At first people commented on the way she “was carrying,” as her bump was quite small. “However, the focus soon turned to my behavior due to the fact that I continued to train.” Adding that the main thing that got her through the training, alongside professional medical advice, was that she was “extremely confident” in her abilities.
Duncan gave birth to her son, Jeremiah in March 2016 — and later had a second son in September 2017 — yet the birth of her first wasn’t so simple. After 30 hours in labour, she was rushed for an emergency caesarean. In the aforementioned interview, she told Oxygen that she remembers thinking “Great, just one more thing for the public to rip on me about” — such a sad example of the mental effect internet bullying can have on a person.
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