Jillian Michaels recently adopted a daughter from Haiti after a long adoption process. And her partner, Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to their son Phoenix on May 3.
So, Jillian is not only one of the world most well knows trainers, she is a fit mom too. While I am happy for Jillian to experience the joy of having a child, I’m discouraged about some articles that have come out explaining why she opted not to get pregnant herself. According to an article in Women’s Health in 2010, Jillian said, “I can’t handle doing that to my body.”
If anyone in the entire U.S. could prove that a healthy fit pregnancy is possible, or that exercise during pregnancy helps with labor, delivery, and recovery, or that it’s not inevitable to retain water during pregnancy — it’s Jillian! But instead, she decided that she “can’t handle doing that to my body.”
If you have read some of my previous posts, you know that I have a metabolic disorder that causes infertility. In fact, I was told by my doctor that it would be very difficult, if not impossible to conceive. Jillian and I have the same metabolic disorder! She is also using that as a reason not to try and get pregnant.
What are your thoughts? Am I the only discouraged fit mommy here?
6 thoughts on “Jillian Michaels is a Fit Mom of Two, But No Postpartum Body”
Being a parent involves giving selflessly, and pregnancy is only the very beginning. Anyone who isn’t willing or emotionally able to give up their ‘fitness’ for a child should maybe consider whether they’re ready to be a parent to begin with.
I agree whole-heartedly Ann! Well said!
I agree with you. After having touched so many people by helping them lose weight and get fit I think saying that she won’t put her body through the pregnancy/delivery process sets her back as far as credibility with the public. While I don’t know exactly what she was implying with that statement if it was said out of a fear that she will never be the same after it all, well, so what! Part of what I love about fitness and nutrition is that it is flexible. We adapt! And trying to reach where you were prior to pregnancy or perhaps an even better place is a great challenge! If you never get back to your former self that’s ok too because more important than anything else is the beautiful gift of your child.
YES!!! I agree…I have always been a supporter of Jillian’s exercise philosophy, but she has lost a bit of credibility in my opinion with her stance on pregnancy. I was also very worried about how my body would bounce back after pregnancy, but you’re right — more important than anything else is the gift of my daughter. I look at all the fitness models on Pinterest and I think….I might never look like that, but it’s WAY more impressive to be fit with a baby on my hip. Amen?
Amen! And I did read your latest post which does change things a bit! But should that have not been the case my original opinion still stands! 🙂
Wow, Jillian makes the decision not to become pregnant which is her own personal decision concerning her own health and a bunch of stay at mom’s with nothing better to do but rip another, SUCCESSFUL, woman. Jillian has done more for women and empowering your ladies then the lot of you put together. She made the incredible decision to adopt and raise a child without parents. Have YOU done anything even remotely close to this wonderful act? Shame on you. Put your free time to work bettering the world instead of ripping such a wonderful lady. I wonder what the Lord Jesus thinks of you?