Jessica Simpson's Pregnancy Is No Reason for Her to Quit Her 'Diet' (VIDEO)

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jessica simpsonWell, I guess we shoulda seen this one coming. Now that Jessica Simpson has made her second pregnancy official with a way-too-adorable Christmas announcement on Twitter, Weight Watchers is chiming in. They are reportedly thrilled for her (mm hmm), but a rep notes that Jess will "not be following the program during the pregnancy while her weight and well-being are monitored by her obstetrician, as is recommended for any woman during pregnancy. After she gives birth, Jessica and her doctor will decide when she may resume following the Weight Watchers program." Oookay ...

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not saying Jess should be sweating bullets over WW Points values of food all day long while carrying Baby #2, but to completely shelf the healthy habits that purportedly helped her shed 50+ pounds? Terrible mistake! It would be for any woman.

At least as far back as I can remember (and it's been almost 10 years since I became a Weight Watchers Lifetimer), the company has always said that their program is NOT a diet. "Diet" is pretty much a dirty word you should erase from your vocabulary. Their plan is a "lifestyle" that teaches healthy habits, like eating whole foods, drinking water, moving more. Why, then, would they discourage women like Jess from following the program -- or even a "pregnancy-friendly" incarnation of it -- while expecting?

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I get that it probably has a lot to do with not wanting to step on doctors' toes ... and thinking pregnant women should listen only to their obstetricians. But sorry, OB/GYNs are not necessarily nutritionists or personal trainers. And there's also likely a lot of fear surrounding encouraging women to watch their weight while pregnant, because it may seem like a slippery slope to pregorexia. But there's a real difference between being obsessive vs. maintaining healthy habits while pregnant.

The criticism Jess had to endure during her pregnancy was out of control, but if she deserves finger-wagging for anything, it's for seemingly subscribing to this idea that pregnancy gives you a perfect excuse to pig out meal after meal. Indulging here and there due to cravings -- okay, fine. But pregnancy shouldn't be treated as a free pass to abandon a healthy lifestyle. If anything, it should be a reason to want to keep eating as healthy as possible and keep using that pedometer to make sure you're moving enough -- you know, as long as the doc says it's okay. And as long as a woman's body is accustomed to more exercise (as Jess's should be), most docs will say it's more than okay -- it's encouraged! (Similarly, a review of studies earlier this year suggested that weight-watching could be beneficial if done moderately and if the mom-to-be is overweight to begin with. Interesting ...)

Ultimately, wasn't Weight Watchers supposed to be teaching Jess to eat right, respect, and take care of her body? Why, then, should she automatically stop doing those things now simply because she's having another baby? It just doesn't add up ... But as long as Jess has a healthy pregnancy, oh well, guess she can get back on the diet lifestyle roller coaster bandwagon once again nine months from now.

Do you think it's a bad idea for women to follow anything remotely resembling a diet while pregnant?


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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Weight watchers does not have a pregnancy program and hasn't had one in years. They're not saying that she can't follow a healthy diet, she just can't be on program while pregnant.

Maleka87 Maleka87

A agree w/ Rhonda. WW is a DIET program NOT catering to pregnant women. During pregnancy dietary needs DO change and WW's program probalby isn't compatible. That being said, I highly doubt that she will "shelf" all healty eating habits! Celebrities are expected (more so than regular moms) to bouch back and be swim-suit ready as soon as their kid is popped out! It's ridiculous! And in response to the question "should women follow anything that remotely resembled a diet while pregnant?" ...the answer is YES. If you are overweight and need to gain less, if you are underweight and need to gain more, or if you are perfectly in the need to follow a "diet'  specificallty alored to your own unique needs. I think the world "diet" is incorrectly used more often than not. Diet doesn't always refer to starving yourself and working out to lose weight! Diet are the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats

linzemae linzemae

I think everyone needs to leave her alone...

2nino... 2ninos4me

Plz leave her aloneeee !!!!! She shouldnt be on a diet progrAm not designed gor pregnant women !!!! Besides , she can worry about the baby weight AFTER she gives birth not WHILE shes pregnant smh ... I hope she doesnt read any articles about her because they are so damn harsh , mean and cruel that she would have comitted suicide by now !!

SaphireH SaphireH

This is why i am not a people person, to rip apart someone due to their weight or looks is disgusting. Its rude and un called for.

Akash... AkashaGermaine

If you are pregnant you CANNOT use WW. I wanted to with my second child and was told no, you can't do it. Don't try ripping g her a new one because of WW rules.

kkey75 kkey75

When I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes. My dr advised me to follow the WW program I had been on before I got pregnant to control it....and it worked. So yes, she can and probably should follow the program. They have a program that is not points based but based on eating certain foods that are much better for you. Even though it won't be "official", it would be good for her and the baby.

BKozICan BKozICan

Back in the day (like when my mom was on it) they had a pregnancy plan with extra calcium and protein. Oddly enough, the exact same thing my dietician reccommended when I had gestational diabetes. I cameaway from both pregnancies weighing less than I started (bless cravings for steamed veggies).

lovem... lovemy2sons25

Who cares what she eats or how much weight she gains!! Or any other pregnant woman for that matter!! Its nobodys business but that's individual person!! With my 1st baby I gained 22lbs which is a few pounds more than my doctor recommended cause I am overweight I got pregnant 3 months after I had my 1st and this time I gained 45lbs which was a lot more than the doctor recommended. But she(my doctor) or nobody else judged me or "got on to me" about it. So everybody needs to just leave Jessica Simpson alone. She lost the weight once and she can do it again... but if she doesn't that's nobodys business but her own!!

nonmember avatar Michelle

Uh, WW IS a diet if you weigh 400 pounds and consume 4000 calories a day. Why on earth can't Jessica stick to the program while pregnant? In reality, when pregnant, you need 300-400 extra calories a day--AN APPLE, people. WW would be the best thing for Jess after her last pregnancy. It's not a nine month free pass to eat like shit.

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