Carnie Wilson Talks Pregnancy Weight Gain

With a 4-year-old daughter and another on the way in June, Carnie Wilson says she’s proud to be “40 and pregnant.” Always very open about her struggles with her weight, Carnie recently revealed that she’s gained 40 pounds so far this pregnancy. She chatted with Momlogic about the pressure to be thin, her working mom guilt – and her thoughts on “the Octomom.”

On what it’s like being pregnant for the second time: “Different. My body is used to being pregnant and my uterus knows what to do. The great news is that I’m able to exercise this pregnant. I’m walking a lot. I’m not a hiking kind of pregnant chick – that’s so not me. But I’m eating healthy. Emotionally, I’m excited and feel more proud. I’m 40 and pregnant, you know! And I’m carrying a few extra pounds, but that’s okay.”

On the pressure to lose the baby weight: “All women who get pregnant are concerned with gaining weight and losing it. When someone has a weight problem when they’re pregnant, they will struggle before, during and after to lose weight. That’s just how it goes. With someone who doesn’t struggle with weight before or after pregnancy, it’s different. Look at someone like Milla Jovovich – she was a toothpick. She was a model before, gained a lot while pregnant – but lost a ton of weight right after her pregnancy. Or someone like Kate Hudson – they blow up and then shrink right down right after. But I’m not like that. I’m not that athletic type. All I can do is listen to what my body needs and feels. I did put on chunk of weight in the beginning because I was feeling so sick. And like the only thing that helped me at 2:00 AM was an English muffin.”

On why women should give themselves a break: “What is normal? Being anorexic is not normal. It’s normal to gain weight during pregnancy. It’s something that has to happen to your body. What’s not normal is the added pressure that we put on ourselves. The average woman in this country is a size 14! We are comparing ourselves to a minority of women who are size two! They are stunning and gorgeous. But I think the focus is twisted. Look, it’s not healthy to be too skinny or too overweight. You have to be happy with yourself though, and if your ass is too big (for you), then work out. But it has to be a personal thing, not about what the rest of society says you should be.”

On her baby-to-be and big sister Lola: “We’ve named her Luciana. I’m 6 1/2 months and she’s kicking away. Lola is going to be 4 in April. She’s been a part of this pregnancy from the very beginning. When I took the pregnancy test, she was right there with me and we all jumped up together. We are including her and making her feel like she’s Big Sister. I think she’s got a great foundation because her nature is already very motherly.”

On working mom guilt: “There is constant guilt. I can’t get past the guilt. If I wasn’t working, I’d still feel guilty – like I wasn’t doing enough. But you know, I’m sober and I’m a clear-headed woman. I’ve been sober four-and-a-half years. I now am able to make smart decisions, and I think I just have to go with the flow and be present. It’s hard to be a working mom. Do i wish I could retire? Sure, but that’s not life. I have to work and I make sure Lola understands that. I thank her for understanding that, and I teach her that I can be a strong woman with a career and be a mommy. It’s all about balance – balancing work, being a mother and taking care of myself.”

On the “Octomom:” What do you say? She’s got to have a ton of help, hopefully. If she’s able to love each child equally and emotionally able to give, then great. I can’t imagine someone is able to give attention equally to a family of 14, but I’m not around to see it, so it’s hard to comment. God willing, she’s made some good dough and is saving some of it and spending time with her children. We don’t know what she’s like when the door is closed. I don’t know, I mean, does she look like Angelina Jolie? I can’t get past those lips of hers at this point really. It makes my stomach turn. I can’t imagine really having the pressure that she has (with 14 kids), but I’m not her. Who am I to judge that?”

Filed under: Carnie Wilson,Celebrity Pregnancies

  • Anonymous

    I thought Milla Jovovich had taken ages to lose her baby weight, she certainly didn’t drop it all of straight away.

  • gia

    Wow…I was not expecting her to be this big & she still has a few months to go…What does she do for work these days? I really have no idea…I am not a fan, but I will say I do agree with her about everyone not needing to compare themselves to size 2 people, it is just silly. Women need to just be themselves & be active & healthy.

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