We don't know why but some people still insist on offering hurtful, unsolicited comments on women's bodies. Especially pregnant women's bodies.
ESPN reporter Molly McGrath was recently on the receiving end of cruel barbs regarding her changing body. She expertly shut down trolls by discussing the realities of balancing her pregnancy with her job.
"Last night I was on my feet for over 6 hours straight, in the rain, and knew that I would only get 3 hours of sleep because of a last second flight change," she began her Instagram post. "For the first time, maybe ever, I let a cruel troll tweet about the changes of my pregnant body get to me."
"Here's the thing: being pregnant is hard, especially as I enter my third trimester," McGrath pointed out. "My feet swell and hurt like I've never imagined and my back constantly aches. Not to mention the slew of other symptoms like nausea, heartburn, and exhaustion. I am making a HUMAN LIFE!"
McGrath then went on to explain the work she puts into managing her career.
"Completely separately, the job of a sideline reporter is also hard with the travel, prep, hustle to get information, and reality that we never get into a broadcast as much as we could have contributed. But you know what, I wouldn't change ANY of my circumstances in a second. I feel so incredibly lucky to have a job that I'm so passionate about, it makes me forget that a little human is kicking my ribs."
McGrath finished her response by highlighting the strength of pregnant women.
"I am proud to be a pregnant woman working full-time and I am proud that the magnitude of creating a human life has not, and will not, slow me down. Women are freaking incredible and powerful and anyone who doesn't see that can kiss my big achey butt. "
Women shouldn't have to deal with body-shaming – ever. Pregnant women are growing life! Making babies! They know that their bodies are changing and getting larger. They certainly don't need hurtful comments from internet strangers.
What do pregnant women need, then? Support. Love. Grace.
We love McGrath's response for her honesty and strength. You tell 'em, mama!