Allow me to start by saying that I love Hayden Panettiere. I
think she’s adorable and she seems like one of those rare genuine actresses who
marches to the beat of her own drum. Plus, I’ve always admired her athletic
shape — she seems to defy the stick-thin ideal of Hollywood with a healthy and
But when she tried to blame her 40-pound weight gain so far
during her pregnancy on that cute little athletic figure of hers, I think she
went a bit too far.
I have to admit,
when I read that comment, I actually chortled out loud. Because, really,
Hayden? You want to us to believe that you’ve gained more than the
“recommended” amount of weight a woman should gain during pregnancy because
Listen, I’ve been
pregnant four times and each time, I put on between 30 and 50 pounds, and let me
tell you what — not a pound of that was because I was building muscle by hefting
around my giant belly. In my dreams. I think it’s actually quite ridiculous
that Hayden would feel she has to defend what is a normal weight gain for many
women during pregnancy with an absurd justification that it’s just extra
comments like that are doing a disservice to pregnant women everywhere. While I
applaud Hayden for not hiding her weight gain (although it’s really none of our
business), if you’re going to talk about it, at least be honest.
The truth is
ladies, it is normal to pack on the pounds during pregnancy from actual fat.
Yes, I said "fat."
Contrary to the
image that Hollywood would like to portray of pregnancy as a time when a woman
simply gains an adorable-looking cute little basketball tummy and stays skinny
and fabulous everywhere else in her body, that’s not always how the basic
biology of growing another human being works.
Your body is doing an amazing job of providing for your baby and that is a truly beautiful sight to behold.
A woman’s body is
designed to pack on extra weight during pregnancy — in the form of fat — to ensure
that she and her baby don’t starve to death. It’s pretty simple, actually.
Woman grows baby, nature helps to ensure that they have enough reserves to both
survive by altering her body’s ability to store fat, which is the best
long-term investment for fuel.
Makes sense, right? (This theory, by the way, is
also why I’m convinced that the whole “breastfeeding helps you lose weight”
theory is complete crap. I never lose weight until I stop breastfeeding — when
I’m nursing, my body holds on to every last pound as if that layer of fat means
the difference between life and death. Which, when you think about it in terms
of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, it very well could have.)
So, Hayden, I’m not buying your theory that you’ve gained 40 pounds of
pregnancy “muscle.” And you shouldn’t either, because you know what? Your body
is doing an amazing job of providing for your baby and that is a truly
beautiful sight to behold.