How thin is too thin when you’re pregnant?
That’s the question fans and the press are asking as they look on at Jaime King’s pregnant body.
The 36-year-old celebrity and her husband Kyle Newman, 39, have been down this road before (aka being pregnant) so she knows that being a part of Hollywood usually means #bodyshaming and nit-picking every detail of their lives. Jaime just wasn’t prepared for the backlash she would receive now that she’s a mum-to-be for the second time.
“People have made comments about how I’m too thin and need to eat a sandwich,” Jaime, whose baby is due next month, told American Baby magazine.
“I’ve seen it happen with other pregnant women in this business too – we’re either too thin or put on too much weight. But every woman’s body is different. All that matters is that you’re taking care of the nutrition for yourself and your child.”
Jaime isn't wrong about haters shaming pregnant women who happen to have a star on the Walk of Fame. Hayden Panettiere, Jessica Simpson, Elsa Pataky and Kim Kardashian were all told they were "too fat" while they were expecting. We just haven't seen many cases of a woman shamed for being too thin. Until now.
Kate Middleton's lithe frame was under close scrutiny during both of her pregnancies.
What the body shamers don't seem to understand is that pregnancy comes in all shapes and sizes. What's normal and healthy for one mother just doesn't work for another.
Jaime is certainly not taking the comments to heart. “Don’t let other people get you down and don’t put other women down either,” she said.
That's why everyone needs to stop and listen to the facts.
According to Queensland Health, healthy weight gain during pregnancy looks like anything between 10 to 18kg. The weight you should gain depends on a number of factors; namely what your BMI (Body Mass Index) was before you were pregnant. But remember that not all babies arrive into the world exactly the same size, so the size of your baby (and its nutritional needs during and post-pregnancy) will influence weight gain. You can read more on the topic here.
For example, The Motherish's resident mum-to-be Avi just completed a pregnancy tracker and found out she can gain anywhere between 10-15kgs. Perfectly healthy.
We advise you to consult your own doctor while pregnant to ensure you're at the optimal weight and meeting all of your nutritional requirements.
As for the body shamers, they should just shut up.
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Where you body shamed while pregnant?