Pregnancy news 11/01/16
We were disappointed to hear that US model, actress and writer Porsche Thomas was trolled last month after she posted a bikini shot of herself while 9 months pregnant with twins.
One user asked why her belly was ‘so black’ and another commented that her pregnant body looked ‘nasty.’
Porsche, who gave birth to her twins August and Berlin at the weekend, hit back at trolls with a powerful Instagram post.
She discussed her reaction to body-shamers in an interview with BET:
‘We don't really get to see black baby bumps and when we do, people have a negative reaction to it, for some reason, like it's vulgar.’
‘I don't hold on to other people's opinions that have nothing to do with me. I laugh at the ignorance.’
‘I know it exists, it's there and it's sad. The fact that we're in a Trump era made it less funny.’
‘But I don't let things like that bother me. I'm pretty secure in myself.’
It’s appalling that pregnant mums like Porsche receive abuse over their appearance. No one bump or baby body is the same and pregnant women should be free to celebrate their body no matter what their colour, shape or size.
Our midwife Kate explains:
‘Every woman’s body is different and every baby bump is different. Women experience a variety of changes to their body throughout pregnancy, and these can prove challenging to cope with for many. Social media can make mums feel pressure to look a certain way during pregnancy. But it’s important to remember that there’s no such thing as ‘normal.’’
We love Porsche’s powerful stand against body-shaming and hope that she's an inspiration to mums everywhere!
We take a look at this week's episode of Call the Midwife. It features Eunice, a mum who is terrified of giving birth after the trauma of having her first baby.
NHS England have released figures showing that the most romantic day of the year leads to a spike in conceptions.
The Call the Midwife star has been praised by fans this week for her gracious response to a tweet about her physical appearance during pregnancy.