A mom issued a strong retort yesterday to the scores of women who accused her of staying too thin throughout her pregnancy. Sadie Nicholas, a fitness enthusiast who continued to eat a healthy diet and exercise while pregnant, claims many women use pregnancy as an excuse to live an unhealthy lifestyle.
In a MailOnline article, Nicholas recalls the countless times women judged her for not gaining excess weight throughout her pregnancy.
“’When are you due?' a woman asked me,” she writes. “'Four weeks,' I replied proudly. Her eyes dropped immediately to my compact bump, and I could see her mental processes working overtime. Her initial incredulity rapidly morphed into anger at me and pity for my unborn child. 'Anorexic,' I could tell she was thinking. 'Obsessive. Narcissistic. Putting her own vanity before the health of her baby.'”
Nicholas, like the infamous Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, firmly believes that a woman should still exercise and eat healthily during pregnancy.
“Experts recommend you should put on no more than 21 to 28lb while expecting, a combination of baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, extra blood and around half a stone of fat laid down naturally in preparation for breastfeeding,” she writes. “But, just like poor Kate, I had to defend myself throughout, to everyone from friends to other pregnant women and even strangers.”
Nicholas says medical experts say her approach is a healthy one.
“The Royal College of Midwives' policy adviser, Janet Fyle, is unequivocal regarding nutrition and the dangerous 'eating for two' myth,” she writes. “'In the womb, babies take what they need in terms of nutrition, leaving the mother with the remainder. Therefore eating more than the baby requires results in excessive weight gain and that will be the mother's problem in the end.'”
The new mother says her approach was justified when her healthy, 7.6-pound son Aldie was born.
People had mixed reactions to Nicholas’s column. Some say her approach is refreshing, while others slam her for judging how other women’s bodies react to pregnancy. Her story likely would have proved much less polarizing if she just told pregnant women to live healthily, eat healthily and not fret if you gain more or less weight than you anticipated.