Jillian Michaels, one of the trainers from the reality show ‘The Biggest Loser’, is catching a lot of flak for recent comments about why she would choose adoption over going through with a pregnancy herself. So why all the hate? What’s so offensive about Jillian Michaels choosing adoption and giving a homeless child a chance at a better life?
Why would Jillian Michaels choose adoption over a pregnancy?
Jillian Michaels recently told Women’s Health magazine that she would choose adoption over pregnancy because she simply can’t handle putting her body through a pregnancy. FOX News consulted some experts about Jillian Michaels’ comments, who laid into her for setting a bad example for those that look up to her. It was pointed out that women have children all the time and get back into shape, and that Jillian Michaels should seek counseling for her views.
But wouldn’t Jillian Michaels be able to get her body back in shape easily?
I know that many mothers are probably upset with Jillian Michaels’ comments about not wanting to put her body through a pregnancy, but it’s not too hard to understand where she’s coming from. I don’t think her issue is the pregnancy weight gain, but the other effects it can have on the body (stretch marks, a C-section scar, breast changes, etc.). I don’t think Jillian Michaels would have any problem getting back to her pre-pregnancy weight, but there are some side-effects of pregnancy that your body just won’t bounce back from.
Is Jillian Michaels simply too vain?
Many mothers may scoff at Jillian Michaels’ views on a natural pregnancy and see her as a little vain, but I simply see a woman who understands the effects that pregnancy can have on the body that is choosing to not put herself through the psychological aftermath of childbirth. I have a feeling many young women don’t fully understand just how much a pregnancy can change their bodies, making them prone to self-esteem issues afterwards. Jillian Michaels probably realizes that she would be opening herself up to those negative feelings with a pregnancy, and is choosing not to put herself (and her child) through it.
Is Jillian Michaels setting a bad example?
I can understand why many would think that Jillian Michaels is setting a bad example by choosing not to go through a pregnancy to preserve her body, a decision that most mothers would not agree with, but what’s really so bad about it? In a society where over-population is starting to become a very real problem, Jillian Michaels is letting women know that one of their major goals in life doesn’t have to be to have a child. In other words, women can lead healthy, happy lives without experiencing childbirth. And she’s not saying that she doesn’t want to be a mother; with adoption as an option, she’ll be getting to experience the joys of a raising a child in need without fretting over her body (which is an important part of the career she seems so passionate about).
Is Jillian Michaels a good example for other bisexual women?
Jillian Michaels also revealed in the interview that she is bisexual, which was a brave step that could inspire other women to come out and be true to themselves. And with society becoming more accepting of bisexual, gay, and lesbian relationships, same-sex couples should be encouraged to choose adoption over artificial insemination (instead of being barred from adopting). Since she is bisexual, Jillian Michaels might choose to be monogamous with another woman, which would mean the two would have to procreate through a donor if one side of the couple wanted to go through a natural pregnancy, but why go through this process when there are so many children waiting to be adopted out there?
Do views on pregnancy need to radically change?
It’s sad in this day and age that so many women feel they have to give birth as a part of life. The world is getting crowded, and the smart thing to do would be to slow down to preserve it for future generations instead of abusing our power of being at the top of the food chain by overpopulating the planet. Every woman getting pregnant is no longer essential for the survival of the human race, and more girls need to learn that they don’t have to give birth to be successful as a woman.
So Jillian Michaels’ comment can be taken a lot of different ways, but I really hope it does make women really think about if they want to go through a pregnancy and if they can handle the aftermath of it. And instead of seeing the negative side of Jillian Michaels’ views, we should simply look at the positive: by choosing adoption, she’ll be giving an unwanted child an amazing life, and as inspiration to so many people, I think she’ll make a great mom. Plus it’s nice to see a woman finally speak up and give a voice to the women out there who don’t feel that they have to go through pregnancy to lead happy, healthy lives.