Have you met Sarah Stage? Sarah Stage is a 30-year-old model for Elite.
She’s also 9 months pregnant.
Yep. That’s the body of a woman who’s ready to give birth at any moment now.
You might be thinking one of two things right now:
- “Wow! She looks amazing!” or
- “Woah… is that healthy?”
She looks fantastic
Sara Stage is a model. It’s her job to look fabulous and fit.
The “Woah… is that healthy?” reaction is understandable. Models are known for being underweight and unhealthy.
In an interview, Sarah said she has gained 20 pounds during her pregnancy. Her own doctor and ABC News’ medical contributor, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, confirmed that 20 pounds of weight gain is sufficient.
According to multiple sources, most women only need to gain between 25 to 30 pounds during pregnancy. Underweight women are expected to gain slightly more — between 28 and 40. Overweight women only need to gain 15-25 pounds.
Being a model, it’s clear she has gained weight. Anybody can see her thighs, butt and breasts are larger than a typical model.
Why is this so abnormal?
Why do so many people seem to think that what Sarah Stage is doing is such an incredible task?
Because most people take a 9-month vacation to Indulgence Land when pregnant.
We’ve all heard the stories of women craving weird things — like pickles and ice cream. Or women suddenly liking certain foods they didn’t like before. And women who let simply let go and eat whatever they want…
“I had no boundaries … I just said, ‘This is my time, these are my nine months, I can just have fun, how big can I really get?’ Sixty pounds! I gained 60 pounds!” — Kendra Wilkinson
60 pounds doesn’t even fit into the acceptable weight gain for an underweight woman. 60 pounds is too much weight gain during pregnancy.
This is common among women. They loosen their grasp on rationality and slip into an emotional roller-coaster where emotions dictate decisions more than reason.
It’s understandable to some extent. But being pregnant still isn’t an acceptable excuse to forgo judgement and nutrition. Especially nutrition. Nutrition during pregnancy can make a serious impact on the growing fetus inside a woman’s uterus.
Instead of letting go during pregnancy, women ought to do their best to eat the most nutritious foods possible. This nine-month period has lifelong impacts on the soon to be born baby.
A fetus can develop disordered genes if mothers don’t eat nutritiously. People can be more attracted to alcohol or healthy food if that’s what their mother consumed during pregnancy. What a mother eats has a direct impact on the future of their unborn child.
“I ate whatever I wanted.” — Adriana Lima
Strive to be like Sarah Stage
Instead of falsely labeling Sarah Stage as unhealthy, women — pregnant or not — should strive to be more like her.
She may not be the healthiest person, but it’s obvious she does care about her body. Or at least about how it looks, which is better than not caring at all.
Sarah is a model due to her genes. Genes play a large role in how attractive somebody is. But the biggest contributor to health and weight is diet, not genes, despite what people falsely believe.
Sarah has many reasons to keep her physique as much as she can during her pregnancy: her own health, her baby’s health and her job. The sooner she looks the same as her appearance pre-pregnancy, the better her career fares.
There’s no need to be jealous
There’s no need to be jealous of Sarah or have passive-aggressive thoughts toward her.
She’s not a superhuman with superhuman willpower.
Sarah just knows that the pleasure she’ll gain from eating buckets of ice cream and pickles isn’t worth her time, energy, health and potential earnings in the future.
What do you think?
Is Sarah Stage “too skinny”? Is she a bad mother, putting her career before her child? Only the future can tell.
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