When you are expecting a child, EVERYONE has an opinion. From your diet to gender expectations — if you pause long enough, someone will pop up and tell you what you are doing wrong and how you should do it differently.
My wife, for instance, is tiny. She is only five feet tall, and as we head into this last month of baby #3 she looks like a tiny stick with a HUGE bump.
We have heard no shortage of opinions: she is eating too much. She is farther along than she thinks etc.
We can share opinions that have come from actual doctors all we want, but no one listens. Everyone with an internet connection has heard of a better diet, “fact,” or approach.
Reanna Stephens of South Carolina is no different. At 18 years of age, she has no doubt heard all sorts of thoughts on her motherhood journey.
“People have asked me: ‘You’re not faking your pregnancy, are you?’ [and] ‘Are you sure your baby is healthy?’ as well as people telling me I need to eat more and see a doctor in case I starve my child,” she said.
“I have also been told that I shouldn’t be having a baby if I can’t feed myself,” she said, “but people know nothing about my diet or lifestyle.”
She has gained some weight, as she told Us Weekly. But only five pounds: “…it went to my breasts!” she said.
Body shame is rampant in our culture, with the “ideal body” being a thing that doesn’t really seem to exist. Everyone, it seems, is always too fat or too slim.
The people who are being critical, though, don’t seem to understand Stephens and her health and diet routine.
A martial artist of six years, she is “practicing a healthy vegan diet” and maintaining an “active lifestyle.”
“But I love my small bump, it’s not big, but I think it’s perfect in its own way and it’s my body and my bump – no one else’s,” she said.
In addition, she is maintaining cardio and yoga routines. Reanna Stephens knows the importance of self-care when you are pregnant.
And thankfully she has a good support system in her own mother. Her mother, an athlete as well, didn’t start showing in her own pregnancy until she was seven months along.
WebMD has a long list of recommendations for a healthy diet during a pregnancy. Among their recommendations is to get plenty of iron, protein, and dairy products.
Most exercises are safe to do during pregnancy as long as you don’t over-do it. Swimming, walking, cycling, step or elliptical machines, and low-impact aerobics are all safe according to WebMD.
We wish Reanna a safe, healthy, and wonderful pregnancy. Followed, of course, by a safe, healthy and wonderful parenthood.
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