Do Women Use Pregnancy Weight As An Excuse? Tracy Anderson Controversy

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GMA: Tracy Anderson DuJour Controversy

Trainer Tracy Anderson has helped stars like Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow get back into shape after having babies. Anderson has fitness studios in New York, LA and London and is the go-to celebrity trainer.

Anderson, who gave birth in May, has a new line of DVDs with workouts for expectant mothers. Anderson recently talked to DuJour magazine about how some women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and these comments have women upset.

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“I’ve seen so many women who come to me right after [having children] with disaster bodies that have gone through hell,” Anderson told DuJour.

Anderson Gained 60 Pounds with her First Pregnancy

Tracy Anderson Controversy: GMA

Tracy Anderson told DuJour that some women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go. Now some moms are firing back at the trainer. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

Tracy herself gained 60 pounds with her first pregnancy, after eating things like hot dogs and milkshakes, but did things differently with her second pregnancy. As a result, she only gained half the weight that she did with her first.

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“I do agree with Tracy Anderson in the sense that many women use pregnancy as an excuse to eat much more than they should be eating,” Jeannette Kaplun, Babble Blogger, said. “But on the other hand I think you shouldn’t be too quick to judge women who have just given birth.”

Anderson admits that it’s not easy to get back in shape after having a baby. She said her first day back in the gym was “an incredibly demoralizing moment in my life.”

The trainer joined Lara Spencer on Good Morning America to discuss her comments.

Anderson is Mortified by How Her Comments Sound

“I’m so mortified, it sounds so bad when it comes back like that, it’s not what I meant,” Anderson said. “I’ve spent 14 years very focused creating all of this original content, testing on women to make sure that I can give women something that really works, so that they can be their most empowered self and be their most beautiful proportioned self.”

Anderson said the last thing she would do is judge a woman, especially after children.

“What I mean is that pregnancy is difficult and every pregnancy is completely unique and we crave a lot and I think in today’s society where women have all of the pressure to look a certain way or they feel like they have to look a certain way, I think that they turn to diet a lot because that’s what works for them, because fitness routines usually let them down,” Anderson said. “So when they do get pregnant they’re like ‘Oh my gosh,’ it’s not only like, ‘Yay I’m going to let my body go for this pregnancy,’ but also it’s like, ‘I can eat all the things that I never let myself eat.’”

Some Women Gain More Pregnancy Weight than They Need to

Tracy said her comments stemmed from women who have come to her after giving birth that have gained a lot more weight than they really needed to. Lara said she was guilty of doing this with her last pregnancy.

“Research is really telling us now that for women, to have empty calories going in our bodies during pregnancy, we are setting our baby up in the first nine months of life for the rest of their life for their health,” Anderson said. “With cancer, with diabetes, with all kinds of things, so we do have to be conscious of it. Our instinct is the most important thing though – we as women have to listen to our own bodies, listen to our cravings, our bodies will tell us what we need for sure.”

Anderson said she exercised very conservatively during her pregnancy.

GMA Message Board Comments for Tracy Anderson

Spencer read Anderson a comment that was on the GMA message board about her DuJour magazine comments.

“When are we going to stop allowing celebrities to stop influencing us in such a narcissistic way. Your baby’s needs are first, your appearance comes after.”

Lara mentioned how in her Alanis Morissette interview yesterday, Alanis was very calm and had a very natural experience with childbirth and motherhood. Another comment from the message boards said:

“I completely agree that moms use the pregnancy excuse to let their bodies go. Stop being lazy and work at it when you have time during the day or night…and you know  you do!

Tracy Anderson Says You Shouldn’t Lose Baby Weight Too Quickly

Anderson said that nutrition-wise, she didn’t want to lose the weight too quickly.

“You have to really make sure that you’re eating enough for breast feeding as well which I’m doing but this is about the Pregnancy Project I did so that women could have the tools to exercise and keep their muscular structure together during pregnancy,” Anderson said. “We have to naturally let our spines change, our hips expand and all those things but we have a lot more power to stay connected to our bodies than we think.”

What Tracy Anderson Really Meant by her Comments

Spencer asked Anderson what she really meant with her DuJour comments.

“I was trying to say that I’ve spent my pregnancy filming nine different pregnancy DVDs to help empower women only with muscular structure, where for the days that they feel like moving, they can have something,” Anderson said. “I have a roster of amazing women from my doctor in LA, Dr. Michele Hakakha, who wrote Expecting 411, who is amazing, to Christy Turlington to Gwyneth Paltrow to Jessica Capshaw, all on the Pregnancy Project, telling women and reassuring women that it’s a unique experience, it’s like Gwyneth craved Haagen-Dazs, I craved cheeseburgers like crazy, you have to listen to those things, but stay connected to your body and your body doesn’t have to be sacrificed forever. It’s empowering to be able to get your weight off, to get your body back.”

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Comments

  1. Marilyn says

    Pity she didn’t choose her words more carefully. “Excuse to let yourself go” generally means a person doesn’t care. It’s a slap in the face to new moms who are doing the best they can with what they have without 100% success. I’m sure she wasn’t being intentionally cruel, but that wasn’t the best way to put it.

  2. marian connor says

    When I was having babies years, expectant mothers were advised to eat right and to keep the weight gain to no more than 20-25 pounds. When did it all change, and why?

    • says

      That’s a great question, and no one seems to be asking it in these trend stories about pregnancy weight. Maybe one of the medical shows can tackle it thoughtfully this season.

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