Having another baby has been a beautiful process & at times, frustrating. As I enter my 8th month, my body overall looks the same other than my belly & I'm okay with that. What I've had to be learn to be okay with (WHICH IS NOT COOL) is the fact that people still think it's okay to comment on my body: "you don't look pregnant", "you must be have quadruplets", "you are putting your baby at risk" & a slew of other uneducated statements that are very far from my reality 🙄. When "celebrities" are pregnant in the press, they look glamorous, toned & are eager to talk about how they are going to get the baby weight off. While I've done my best to look as put together as possible, that's not real life, & it's not for most women. I'm not the first plus size woman in the public eye to have a baby & share it with the world, & I certainly won't be the last. However I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child, & most importantly to find a care provider that doesn't shame you about your size. It's also okay to tell someone to fuck off when they give you unsolicited advice about what's "best" for you & your baby. As women, we know what's best & that's our business.. No one else's. 👑 #effyourbeautystandards #theresnowrongwaytobeawoman #32weeks #babyhollidayontheway
Plus-size model Tess Holiday is no stranger to controversy and internet commentary. The onetime People cover girl and pioneer for the #EffYourBeautyStandards movement — who is currently eight months pregnant — has spoken at length about the body shaming she is frequently subjected to. However, she says the latest comments on her body have crossed the line.
In a recent Instagram post, Tess addressed people who were commenting on her pregnancy belly, claiming that she didn't "look pregnant," or "must be having quadruplets."
"I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size and have a healthy child, and most importantly to find a care provider that doesn't shame you about your size," she wrote.
The post has since sparked a slightly polarized conversation about healthy pregnancies and varying interpretations of what that might mean . . . or look like.