Since announcing her pregnancy news to the world back in August, Ashley Graham has been sharing every moment of her journey with her fans.
Her most recent post showed off her belly in yoga clothes as she told her fans,
“Throughout my pregnancy so far I’ve gained 50lbs. And the best part is, I don’t care!”
“I have never felt better, and I am so thankful that my body and son have allowed me to be as mobile and flexible as I have been. Between working out, yoga, acupuncture, and lymphatic massages- I finally feel like I figured out this whole pregnancy thing and how to feel my best.”
Ashley’s words inspired followers to share their own pregnancy weight gains in the comments section — something that can often be taboo.
In a world where you’re expected to gain minimal weight while pregnant and then lose that weight immediately after giving birth, Ashley’s simple admission can be a *big* deal.
Pregnant women already have so much pressure on themselves and their bodies — the last thing they need is more pressure to stay skinny while trying to grow an actual human.
Even before her most recent Instagram post, Ashley has been trying to embrace tough conversations around pregnancy.
For her Vogue cover story, she got real about being super hormonal and feeling lonely at the beginning of her pregnancy before she told anyone. She said,
“I felt like I didn’t have anyone to talk to. I was gaining weight rapidly. And I felt alone.”
“There’s just this camaraderie. It’s a secret society that I didn’t know about.”
Ashley is currently expecting a baby boy in January 2020.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.