A screen grab from the Pea in the Pod Maternity website.

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Celebrities showing off their ‘baby bumps’ on glossy covers and weekly ‘how I got my body back’ magazine features continue to peddle the message that regular, healthy pregnant bodies are simply not up to scratch. But why simply read about it when you could walk around selling the message yourself?

American retailer A Pea in the Pod Maternity (not to be confused with the Australian company of the same name) is selling a shirt for pregnant women with the words “Wake Me Up When I’m Skinny” emblazoned across its front, and it’s yours for just US$48.

Pregnant women need many things in the lead up to the birth of their child – support, rest, and positive vibes, for starters. What they don’t need is a demeaning slogan that reinforces the idea that there is something wrong with their bodies during pregnancy, a tacky shirt that makes light of the wondrous fact that they are growing a human inside their body.

As Jezebel points out, everyone knows “pregnant women who have the audacity to put on weight should just shutter themselves away and fall into long, deep slumbers like Sleeping Beauty so no one ever has to see them when they are not skinny.”

You would really think a company that exists for, and because of, pregnant women would be a little more supportive. Sigh.

Source: Jezebel

Henry Sapiecha

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