Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels recently told Women’s Health magazine that she couldn’t see getting pregnant. Why? “I can’t handle doing that to my body,” said the emblem of Buffness.
Oh, really, I thought. This woman forces horribly out of shape people to subject themselves to intense boot camp experiences, but the physical effects of pregnancy are too much for her? I’m sure she was referring more to the softening of her hardbody than anything symptomatic (though I guess softening could be construed as a pregnancy symptom). Still, I find the idea that people don’t want to get pregnant because they want to maintain physical perfection fairly friggin’ lame. I have news for you, Jillian Michaels. Decline is inevitable. One way or another, you’re eventually going to lose some level of control of that perfect instrument. You may as well get a kid out of it instead of just a case of arthritis.
It turns out my mini-bile explosion may have been unwarranted, because Jillian Michaels is not avoiding pregnancy to protect her physique after all.
In a story that came out yesterday, Michaels admitted that she suffers from endometriosis, and the body excuse was a way of dealing with her shame. Michaels says she felt like she was supposed to be the “fittest woman in the country”, an ideal specimen. And when she discovered her condition- a severe case of endometriosis, in which tissue grows into and through the walls of the reproductive organs, she felt ashamed of her physical imperfection. While it’s not 100% certain that Michaels can’t conceive, she seems publicly pretty sold on the idea of her infertility. She has announced that she plans to adopt a child, saying “saving someone is like saving part of yourself.”