Jillian Michaels: I did not diss pregnant bodies
After weathering a tsunami of outrage over her comment that she would rather adopt than give birth to kids because "I can't handle doing that to my body," the Biggest Loser trainer tells MomLogic.com that her comments were taken out of context.
First of all, she complains that the writer in Women's Health Magazine termed her stance an "aversion" to pregnancy. "Her words, not mine" says Michaels. Her real mistake was not opening up about the fertility issues she said she would have to overcome to ever get pregnant.
"I said there were many reasons ... one being that 'I can't handle doing that to my body,' but I didn't tell her why.
"The truth is, I learned very early on that I have endometriosis and polycystic ovaries. I was always told that fertility would/could be a problem for me. Why do I have this? I've heard everything from "You have too much caffeine in your body" to "It's genetic" to "You need to be put on birth control pill" -- and I don't believe in using synthetic hormones. In order to get pregnant, I know it would require surgery. For me, it becomes a sort of ''I can't handle doing that.' I've always just accepted that this is my thing, and this must mean I was meant to adopt, and that's okay. But who knows ... there might be advances in science for women with endometriosis, so I'll never say never. But, for now, I plan to adopt."
She then goes on to say pregnancy doesn't have to ruin anyone's body, just look at Madonna or actress Ali Sweeney, who hosts the Biggest Loser and was trained back into shape by Michaels herself.
I'm going to take her at her word. After originally calling Michaels mildly annoying, I take it back.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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