Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things in life. It might have some unexpected surprises, but it is a true miracle. Additionally, the mom-to-be is the one who is in touch with these changes, and she and her partner should be the only ones who decide what is best for the baby.
That is part of the message that soccer star, Olympic gold medalist and expectant mom Sydney Leroux is sending to all of the pregnancy-shaming trolls on social media.
The Olympic gold medalist recently posted a photo of herself enjoying a fun day tubing at the lake, and the trolls came after her.
People wrote rude comments about how she shouldn't be doing such activities while she was pregnant. Some even went so far as to say she was going to seriously harm her baby.
Leroux posted a powerful message in response to all of the negativity.
She made it clear who was the pregnant woman, and who was the one making the decisions about her body.
"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."
Well said, Leroux. The U.S. national women's team forward reminded the trolls, as well as everyone else, that just because a mom-to-be posts something on social media, it doesn't give you the right to criticize her, or say upsetting comments. It is Leroux's pregnancy and it is her body, and she has a right to live her life in the way she wants without judgment.
(H/T: Huffington Post)