Jessica Simpson’s “Overwhelming” & “Scary” Pregnancy Weight Gain

Mom-of-two Jessica Simpson opens up about her “very scary” pregnancy weight gain and subsequent postpartum weight loss in a new interview with MomFeeds. After the May 1, 2012 birth of daughter Maxwell, the singer-entrepreneur lost 70 lbs. with the help of Weight Watchers, only to learn she was pregnant with her second child.

Now, four months after the birth of son Ace, she’s once again a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. “When I had Maxwell I gained a lot of weight. More than I thought I would,” Jessica shares. ”And when it came time to try to take it off, it felt overwhelming. Stepping on the scale and seeing that number was really scary.”

She adds: “With a toddler on the run and an infant to look after. I knew I needed a plan that’s simple and fits into my life, along with the support that’s so important to my success. I know Weight Watchers works, so I got on the plan again.”

So far, the fashion mogul, 33, feels pretty good about her progress. “I’m a lot more confident this time around,” she shares.

“With Maxwell I didn’t think about the weight I was gaining, and the first time I stepped on a scale and looked at the number…I mean, that wasn’t a number I had ever even considered…and I was faced with a pretty serious truth,” Jessica continues. “But since I had already done Weight Watchers, I didn’t put on as much weight with Ace and I just know a lot more now.”

And she gets by with a little help from her friends.

“Most of the women in my group have been my friends for years,” she says. “Not only are we very close, but we’re also all going through some of the same things in our lives. It makes it hard to not be accountable for what you’re doing.”

It sounds like fiancé Eric Johnson is a great support as well. “The great thing about Eric is that when he played football, he was always conscious of his weight and either gaining or losing, so he knows what it’s like and he’s helpful,” she says. “Plus, he loves me and always makes me feel beautiful…so he’s awesome.”

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  • Allison

    I get that everyone has different metabolisms, genetics, health issues bla bla bla. However, what in the hell are you inhaling to gain that much weight? I’m 5’8, in my late 20’s, I ate a lot during my 2 pregnancy’s, a good assortment of healthy foods and I indulged in the not so healthy ones, and gained the recommended amount of weight…30 lbs…

    • jool

      Good for you 😉

    • Anonymous

      You’ll be attacked for saying this, but it’s true. Many women don’t eat right during pregnancy and use it as an excuse to pig out. It’s very unhealthy.

      Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson like to pretend they have no idea where the weight came from. Bull. It came from the same place all weight comes from: eating too much sugar.

      • Renae

        I know this is an old, but I have to respond for those women reading who will be hurt by crappy comments like some on here.

        Most women gain around the recommended amount; and good for you! Some gain way under that amount regardless of what they eat. And some gain more. Sometimes much more. Every person is different, and just because your reality is one way, doesn’t mean that a person had to eat more or less than you to achieve a different weight gain.

        I have 3 boys, and gained around 80 pounds each, and lost it each time after I was done breastfeeding. I was very fit before each pregnancy, and knew how to eat healthy. It just didn’t matter when I was pregnant (and yes I gained all that weight eating the same NORMAL suggested amount for my size/weight per the doctor). I didn’t allow myself pasta or many sweets. Didn’t even have a slice of cake for my birthday. Still, an 80 pound gain.

        I finally found out I had an underactive thyroid halfway through my last pregnancy that worsened because I was carrying a baby, and only when I was treated did the weight gain lessen for me (with no change in diet or exercise).

        I suffered a lot because of my weight gain, primarily the assumptions of other people like these commenters, who judged me as a severely lazy overeater because of my size, and from the doctors who looked at me like I was a liar when I told them I didn’t eat badly enough to gain so much weight. It’s bad enough watching your body change until it’s unrecognizable and not knowing how to stop it, only to then deal with other people’s judgements.

        So all you judgmental people do me a favor, next time you see a pregnant woman whose weight gain you have deemed as “too much”, try to understand she may be dealing with issues you (as the average weight gainer) do not. Be it thyroid problems, genetics, or yes, an unhealthy relation to food. Regardless of what it is, it’s just not as easy for everyone as it was for you. Give her some empathy, and see her for her true beauty; a woman who is giving up a lot to have a healthy baby.

        As for Jessica Simpson, I thought she was a gorgeous pregnant woman, and a great role model for self acceptance and perseverance for health after pregnancy. I get so tired of seeing stick thin pregnant women being hailed as the ideal, and pregnant women beating themselves up internally because they don’t fit into that ideal. HEALTH should be the ideal, not size. 🙂

        • coleens

          Well stated Rename, I have hypothyrodism, and I’m 36 weeks pregnant and have not had much of an increase in food cravings, the Dr already raised my thyroid but still I have already gained 40 pounds and its very stressful. Seeing how many negative comments always surround pregnancy weight gain without proper knowledge of each individual pregnant ladies case, I think people should stop and think before they comment. I’m not a fan of Kim k, but she did have pre e and that makes you gain weight too. Let’s be a little more compassionate people

  • Jessica

    Everyone’s body is different. Especially when pregnant
    I ate a lot and ate majority of the time “unhealthy” like pastas, Mexican, burgers. But I was only all belly. Gained 35 pounds total. Couldn’t tell I was pregnant from the back either. Now when not pregnant, I could never eat the way I was or else I would be obese. I’m average weight not thin but not over weight. Normal bmi. But when pregnant my body was different and reacted differently to foods and i was able to eat whatever I wanted. my cousin is currently pregnant, thinner than me pre pregnancy, eating healthier than I did, but has gained more than I did and is not just all belly as she has gained in her face, arms and thighs. So actually yah everyone is different and their bodies react differently during pregnancy.

  • Linda Cucuzzella

    Everyone should jut chill!!! She gained 70lbs, so what? Why do you need to judge her? Every woman gains weight differently and especially during pregnancy. She IS human after all. Leave her alone to enjoy her pregnancy and her family in peace.

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