Why Workout-Shaming Pregnant Women Needs to Stop

Working out is such an important part of many women’s lives that it has become not only a routine or a hobby but a must in their everyday life. As a former official athlete I understand what comes with it and all the basic things your learn while training that are actually not related to the sport; one of the most important things being respect. Respect yourself and others not only physically but emotionally. Everybody has a goal, where is their start line is not something you should have a say in. How their journey is going is up to them, not for you to judge. And specially: how they look.

There has been a lot of comments in social media about body shaming female athletes not only because they may be “bulky” or “muscly”, but even because they’re pregnant. The encircle everything that’s being pregnant and somehow came with an excuse that because you’re carrying a life inside you and letting it develop, taking care of it..  you somehow have to stop taking care of you. Crossfit athlete Emily Breeze has shared most of her two pregnancies through social media and she has also shared how many comments and private messages she gets in a daily basis. Comments go from being positive and encouraging how inspiring what she’s doing is, to saying she should stop because will end up hurting the baby and even accusing her not even “wanting” to be pregnant in the first place.

I believe this topic is important because being an athlete and being involved in sports is not only about taking care of your body and your mind, is about being an example for others not only through physical activity but also how to improve every aspect of your life, starting by yourself. Our Bodies, Ourselves is a book written for women, to provide them information about health in a way that recognized their personal history, fights and strength.

In the link attached at the end of this blog we can find several comments of pregnant women about how their life, their normal daily routine had to change not based solely on their decisions, but on comments they would get just because they were trying to keep up with their overall health while beginning the life of a new person.

  • Ester Shapiro Rok, Maria Laura Skinner, & Maria Morison Aguiar. Nuestros cuerpos, nuestras vidas. Our Bodies, Ourselves. (2000). New York: Seven Stories Press.
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