The tabloids have been blowing up recently with the news that singer Jessica Simpson is expecting soon.
Of course not. But this time Simpson, who has been gutted in the past for her struggle with her weight, is now being crucified for another demon — being pregnant. Oh, and being too fat while being pregnant.
The 31-year-old mama is due to give birth to a baby girl with fiancé, Eric Johnson, towards the end of April. She has said that she’s now 170lbs — which I suspect is a fairly reasonable weight for women in their last trimester, but I digress.
But critics think that she’s a bit too big for someone who is only pregnant with one child. Headlines such as, “It’s Not Twins!”
have surfaced, and Obgyns are coming forward saying that women should only be gaining 25lbs a month, rather than the 50lbs that she has put on.
Critics like Dr. Francine Shapiro, author of “Getting Past Your Past,” have decided to take to media outlets like Fox News to “weigh in.”
“Women should not starve themselves to keep from gaining weight, nor should they overindulge and overeat. Some women take pregnancy as an excuse for ‘letting go. If she is exceeding medical guidelines by gaining 50 pounds rather than the recommended 25 pounds, she is clearly not a role model for pregnant women.”
Simpson has admitted to craving onion rings and indulging in a diet of buttered pop tarts, Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and peanut butter and jelly shots.
Over at Jezebel, writer Tracie Egan Morrissey defends Simpson, offering another idea of what pregnancy might mean to the average pregnant woman,
“I say that pregnancy should be a time of situational obesity, akin to situational alcoholism in college. Yeah, it’s probably not the healthiest way to be and there are certainly some risks involved and you certainly have to deal with the fallout (I’m still struggling to lose the baby weight, six months later), but it’s a cathartic experience that could arguably make you a better, happier person. But whatever the case, f**k anyone who talks s**t on a pregnant woman’s weight. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the pigs.”
Sounds about right to me.