When the photos of the pregnant lingerie model with washboard abs at eight-and-a-half months pregnant went viral, the internet lost its collective mind with judginess. Now, three stars are speaking out about the body-shaming they and other pregnant women often endure.
Rachel Zoe said she can really relate to model, Sarah Stage, because she, too, was told by countless strangers that her pregnancy couldn’t possibly be healthy due to her small size — and she almost believed it herself.
“I was panicked,” Zoe told Entertainment Tonight at the book release party for Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy by Dr. Michele Hakakha. “I was like, ‘What is wrong?’ and the second one, you get bigger quicker because your body remembers. But the first one, your body is trying to figure it out and make room. Some people are built smaller. I just think your body tells you what you need to do.”
Vanessa Lachey, who just gave birth to her second child in January, agreed. “I just think for girls looking at that, it’s like Rachel said — A, don’t judge — and B, just know everybody is different because the problem… I hate that women are looking at that and thinking, ‘I never looked like that,'” she said. “That’s OK! You can’t do that.”
Molly Sims had the opposite experience. The supermodel gained 80 pounds with her first pregnancy, but just 35 with her second, so she knows that there is an extremely wide range of normal from person to person and pregnancy to pregnancy.
“She’s working out!” Sims added. “A lot of things like Rachel said, she was this girl before she got pregnant, you know what I mean?”
The three have given us a great reminder that body-shaming anyone is wrong and doing it to a pregnant woman is even worse.