When Teen Moms 2 star Chelsea DeBoer (nee Houska) announced her partnership with a weightloss company on Instagram this month, many of her fans raised an eyebrow.
Just a week earlier, the US mum had posted an update on her third pregnancy, saying she was expecting a girl and due later this year.
“So your on a diet and trying to lose weight while pregnant? I am confused.” one follower commented.
It seemed many thought the mum was promoting losing weight during pregnancy and were quick to criticise. However, Chelsea’s post actually said that she used the program to lose weight after having her toddler son Watson and was now using this knowledge to make “better choices” during this pregnancy.
So did her followers have a right to be concerned if the mum was trying to lose weight while pregnant? It’s common sense that pregnant women are supposed to gain weight instead of lose it, right?
Well, while Dr Joseph Sgroi tells Mamamia he would never advise a pregnant woman to go on a shake diet (such as the one Chelsea is promoting) he says losing weight during pregnancy isn’t always a bad idea.
“We’d be encouraging women who are overweight to be modifying their diet and improving their exercise in order to reduce the chances of diabetes and high blood pressure,” the Melbourne-based obstetrician and gynaecologist says.