“I have noticed that being pregnant opens up women to a whole new world of criticism.”
Too big, too small, too high, too low. If they exercise, or lie on the couch. If they dress in body hugging lycra or bikini on the beach. It seems that once a woman is pregnant her appearance becomes public property to dissect, discuss and openly criticise.
Melbourne Fashion blogger Nadia Bartel has opened up about the barrage of comments she has received during her pregnancy and how shocked she is that her body has become an open forum for discussion.
In a revealing blog post the wife of Geelong footballer, Jimmy Bartel has described how, since becoming pregnant she has been judged by perfect strangers for how much she “ate, wore or worked.”
The 30-year old, who is now 34-weeks pregnant writes that she has been asked why her baby bump was not “big enough” and asked if her “doctor was okay with it.”
“Before getting pregnant (and now), I would never even think to comment on a lady’s bump size, (other than to think how beautiful it is). Or to judge her on what she is eating, wearing or how much she is working. ”
She says that making the leap into pregnancy was hard enough for her. ” I always pushed off the idea (it scared the living hell out of me and still kind of does) because I didn’t think it was possible to be a career girl and a mum at the same time. How could I do both of these demanding jobs well?!
My hubby would have loved to have children earlier (I know he is perfection in every way). As much as I loved the idea of having a little family with him, I felt like I needed more time. I am so lucky that he has been super supportive.”
She says that around four-months she struggled with how her body felt “My boobs were out of control and my bum and thighs were also growing rapidly. I didn’t have a proper bump at this stage, but none of my clothes are fitting right. You just don’t feel like you at all. Of course this is fine, as your body needs to change to be able to carry your little bubba.”