Olympian Sydney Leroux's Response to Pregnancy Trolls Deserves the Gold

Sydney Leroux at the ESPY Awards

The next time you feel the spirit move you to give an expectant mother advice -- as if you're her ob-gyn and know about her business south of the border -- please, don't. Anyone who's ever been pregnant knows how annoying this can be, which is why it's beyond frustrating that Olympian Sydney Leroux has to clap back at pregnancy know-it-alls. No expectant mom should ever need to!

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The 26-year-old soccer phenom took to Instagram recently to shut down shamers who hate her pregnancy activities.

Why anyone would tell Sydney she's "going to give birth to a dead fetus" and that she "killed her baby," because Mom enjoys staying active while pregnant, is beyond me.

It's unfortunate that I have to say something but after a number of comments like: 'you're going to give birth to a dead fetus' or 'you just killed your baby' I have to remind you that this is MY body. MY body is the body that is creating life. MY body is the one that has stretch marks and cellulite and varicose veins and sore hips and back pain that runs down my legs. MY body is the body that is tired and sore and emotional and the happiest it's ever been. So if I want to jump in a pool, go on a tube and slowly ride around with my husband, dance like an idiot or work out I am absolutely going to. Leave your awful comments to yourself and let me enjoy MYSELF and MY body the way I want to.

A photo posted by Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) on

As Sydney kindly reminded "fans" who had an issue with her more recent excursions:

I have to remind you that this is MY body .... MY body is the body that is tired and sore and emotional and the happiest it's ever been. So if I want to jump in a pool, go on a tube and slowly ride around with my husband, dance like an idiot or work out I am absolutely going to. Leave your awful comments to yourself and let me enjoy MYSELF and MY body the way I want to.

Gon' ahead and tell them, Sydney!

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Does an Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup soccer winner really need to get questions about potential dangers involving a soccer ball? (That answer is no.)

Should those who are quick to give folks a piece of their mind assume Sydney was putting her baby in harm's way on the water -- without giving consideration to the fact that Mom likely did in fact consult the necessary people before doing so? (That answer is no, too.)

Beautiful day on the lake! â��ï¸ï¿½ð���

A photo posted by Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) on

Starting to see a pattern here?

If you can't find anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. It's that simple, and helps prevent hate from being spewed around. Moms-to-be already have enough to worry about on their plate -- and the last thing anyone needs to hear is such horrible criticism.

While I'm certainly not on the level of a professional athlete, like Sydney, I was very active throughout both of my pregnancies. Whether enjoying a run, lifting weights, taking a Zumba class, or continuing with kickboxing, I, too, have been on the other side of nasty stares and comments. (My motto was always "keep up, or shut up.")

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This is why it's so important for all of us to remember one important fact: We're different.

Some people have different fitness levels than others. Some expectant mommies get the thumbs-up to do certain activities from their doctors. None of us knows what is and isn't recommended behind closed doors -- so we need to refrain from passing judgment, no matter how hard it might be.

Sydney, I commend you for getting out and enjoying life. If you're able to, you should -- and you shouldn't receive any harsh words for doing so.

There are far more important things to worry about in this life than what a pregnant women is or isn't doing.

(You'll live longer without the unnecessary stress.)

 

 

 

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