Haters pressure pregnant Michelle Bridges, of The Biggest Loser, to pull lifting video. Can we stop judging healthy, active pregnant women already?
If there's anything a mom should never apologize for, it's how she's keeping herself healthy for herself and for her family. That's why we're kind of in shock that The Biggest Loser star, Michelle Bridges, had a (super inspiring!) video of herself working out while expecting taken down by Instagram, thanks to naysayers.
The mom-to-be, who is 18 weeks along with her first child at the age of 44, has been open about her fertility struggles, even discussing how she almost tried IVF, before conceiving naturally with hubby Steve Willis. She told OK! Magazine earlier this year that she felt an active, healthy lifestyle helped her start her family: "I feel all of my years and all of Steve's years of looking after ourselves and taking care of our health and our bodies, it goes to show that for someone of my age, for it to happen so quickly, it's obviously got to do with good health."
Even so, after posting a video highlighting some weightlifting intervals on Instagram and getting flooded with negative comments about if a woman should continue strength training while pregnant, she removed the post. We're sad that so many rude comments would cause the video to be taken down, but we're glad that other moms are coming to her side.
Sophie Guidolin, a 26-year-old fitness trainer and mom of twins felt the same backlash when she posted a photo lifting when she was 26 weeks pregnant (below). Now, she's 32 weeks along and expressed her support of Bridges. "Yesterday, it was reported a photo of Michelle Bridges lifting weights during her pregnancy was removed from her Instagram account. I wish I could say I'm surprised this has made news, but I am disappointed it has," she said. "Why do we tear pregnant women down instead of holding them up?"
She continues to ask the question we're all wondering: "Wouldn't it be nice if a fit and healthy mother in the public eye could enjoy her first pregnancy in peace, rather than brace herself for a wave of public criticism and innuendo every step along the way?" She continued: "If we could celebrate the fact that a respected women is dispelling some of the myths around remaining active during pregnancy?"
Maybe one day, we'll get it right.
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