Oh, and don’t shame me.
Mummy shaming has taken its eye off breastfeeding in public (just for a second) and turned its ugly head to pregnant woman. Shaming them for their lazy, sit-on-their-bum-all-day, eat-for-two ways.
And I’ve reached my limit.
It seems like whenever I venture into the world of the internet, there is some pregnant woman telling the world how much they exercise, how healthy they eat, and how they weren’t showing until 38 weeks into their pregnancy. They flash their toned, balloon bellies on every social media site possible.
And that’s fine. Really, each to their own. But when they start shaming us and advocating for unhealthy and sometimes very unrealistic expectations for other pregnant women, that’s when my pregnancy hormones kick in.
Today, the lovely Yulia Tarbath is in my firing line.
She's originally from the UK, but moved to Bali with her husband and went all healthy. She was pregnant with her first baby and with much wisdom, just told me (not me personally, but you know what I mean), that if I'm not exercising twice a day and eating a diet of raw fruit (only raw fruit), then I am getting fat.
Thanks. It's not like I already feel extremely uncomfortable and completely out of control of my 14-week pregnant body.
Tarbath is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying, "There's no excuse to be fat in pregnancy. I exercised throughout my entire pregnancy and ate a healthy vegan diet. I didn't want to be eating for two - being pregnant is no excuse to pig out."
She goes on to talk about how she barely gained any weight during her pregnancy, less than 6 kgs, and it took her 2 weeks to get back to her 54 kgs pre-baby body.