• Fri, Dec 7 2012

It’s That Time Where We Shame Kate Middleton For Being ‘Too Thin To Bear An Heir’

Now that we are taking a break from shaming Jessica Simpson for her pregnancy weight gain, we can all enjoy shaming Kate Middleton for being too thin to have a baby. As I have stated numerous times, I am not a doctor nor a scientist, but due to my extensive research on the subject of women having babies because someone put a penis in their vagina, I have come to the conclusion that, SPOILER ALERT, skinny women can have babies! That’s right! Women who are all shapes and sizes can get pregnant and have babies! Morbidly obese women! Anorexic women! Size 0′s and size 14′s and size eights and size 32′s and size 12 and size six women can all have babies! And the majority of women, whether the Duchess of Cambridge or not, can all look forward to a pregnancy filled with the concern trolling of the world on whether or not they are gaining or not gaining the proper amount of weight before, during, and after their pregnancies. It’s just that if you are Kate Middleton, you get the added bonus of the media fretting about and debating your BMI. From Time Magazine:

Eating disorders aside, blogs have been bursting with curiosity about whether Middleton is “too thin to conceive”  and “too thin to bear an heir.”

The answer, according to Dr. George Macones, who chairs the committee on obstetric practice for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), is no. A woman who is malnourished or a competitive athlete who has stopped ovulating can have trouble getting pregnant. Likewise, a malnourished pregnant women can be at increased risk of delivering early. But Middleton is neither malnourished nor an Ironwoman competitor. “For the most part, people who are thin do very well during pregnancy,” says Macones, who is also chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University in St Louis.

 

As I have stated numerous times, I am, shockingly enough, not a member of the royal family nor am I on speaking terms with Kate Middleton, but due to my extensive research that I have conducted regarding famous pregnant women, I have concluded that most famous pregnant women receive very good care from medical professionals, the scientific term for these people are doctors, during their pregnancies. If Kate Middleton should gain more than the suggested 25 to 35  pounds that many doctors recommend for non-famous pregnant women, than I am sure her doctors will inform her of this. I am also quite sure Kate Middleton is not trolling the Internet reading celebrity blogs to see if the general public feels she is too thin to have a baby.

I’m very interested in Kate Middleton’s baby. I am fascinated by the royal family and I will be terribly excited when her child is born. However, I find it icky beyond icky that so many people are speculating that Kate Middleton is too thin to have a baby. This sort of nosy body shaming is hurled at every famous woman, whether it be because they are thin or because they are a normal weight or because they are at a weight considered above normal. To add another shocking SPOILER ALERT, all body types are normal, unless you are blessed with having eight arms and three heads and six extra brains and are carrying octuplets. Then even I might cautiously say that your body is “abnormal.”

The only people allowed to concern troll and offer medical advice and guidelines are doctors, and even then, they better have excellent reasons for doing so. I have faith that in most cases, when a woman is pregnant she wants to do what is best for her health and the health of her baby, even if it means not being able to fit into her size two Alice Temperley Amoret dress directly after giving birth.

(photo: wenn.com)

What We're Reading:
Share This Post:
  • trixiya

    i was wondering when this would appear…

  • meteor_echo

    Ahem. Anorexic women actually can’t – one of the criteria for anorexia is amenorrhea that lasts for at least several months. Otherwise, I completely agree.
    Also, whoever shames Kate Middleton for being too thin to have a child should go fuck themselves with an apron. She’s not a damn incubator, she’s a person.

    • SusannahJoy

      They’re constantly adjusting the requirements for anorexia. Amenorrhea is just one sympton. Usually I’ve heard that they’ll just use “refusal to maintain a healthy weight” as the main criteria. And even if you haven’t had your period in months, that doesn’t mean that you wont randomly ovulate when no one expected it. That doesn’t suddenly mean that you don’t have an eating disorder anymore.

    • Me

      hmmm…i thought it was hard to conceive if you stopped your period? Good to know.

    • meteor_echo

      Odd. I got diagnosed with EDNOS exactly because I still had my period. As far as I know, all the anorexic behaviors fall into the EDNOS category until you get amenorrhea. Then again, seeing as how they’re making changes to DSM-V, I wouldn’t be surprised if they changed the criteria for anorexia too.

  • Me

    I don’t know about anorexic women being able to conceive, since sometimes, if they get too low of a weight, they can stop getting their periods all together.

    As for me, I am 5’3″ 95 lbs, and with both my pregnancies, I was able to conceive the first few times around. It was very easy for me to get pregnant. Also, both of my babies were 7+ lbs and 19 & 21″. I also lost most of my weight after my pregnancies, but tried hard to hold onto the last 10 lbs until I was done breastfeeding my 2nd. So, yes, skinny or not, I agree with you that you can get pregnant fairly easily and have healthy babies. It’s sad that people & media feel it’s their business to judge other people & women on women. :P We should really just support each other. *sigh*