Everyone from Gisele Bundchen to Sarah Palin has weighed in on whether pregnant women have any business getting “fat.”
The world found itself agreeing with Palin, that it’s the woman’s body and she needs to be healthy. Whereas Bundchen said, after giving birth in 2010, “I think a lot of [women] get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals.” Which remains the sentiment; it’s clear. Women carrying and pushing another person out of them are given no room to gain the weight needed to do so. Healthily or otherwise. Within or without of the recommended weight class. They’re just labelled “fat.” Simpson was. Carey was. So the latter tells Shape about why she lost 70-pounds, 30 lbs using a weight loss system, after giving birth to twins April 30 last year: “Everyone said I was fat, so I did something about it.”
On her pregnancy weight: “I put on 70 lbs but if you look at me in pictures you’d think it was more like 9,000 lbs. I have a lot of empathy with people who have to lose a lot of weight. I’ve been there and I know what they are going through. I remember thinking at the time: ‘I’ll never look or feel the same again.’”
On having a tough pregnancy from start to finish: “Pregnancy was probably the best and the hardest thing I’ll ever go through. I know for a lot of women, it can be wonderful and relatively easy. But for me, it was like ‘Okay, honey, do you have to do everything the hard way?’”
On how her body doesn’t respond in the same way: ”I used to be able to slim down just by exercising more, but that’s changed. Since having the babies, I realise that 90 percent of losing weight is my diet.” - via Shape Magazine.