Saab Magalona shares experience of being body-shamed while pregnant: ‘We have no choice but to gain weight’
Yesterday somebody greeted me with “Ay, naging chubby ka na!” and it took so much for me not to snap at her. Calmed down and after 5mins I told her, “You know, you really shouldn’t tell people — especially pregnant women — that they’ve gotten fat. It’s very mean.” I explained to her that we have no choice but to gain weight (recommended 35-45lbs for twin moms like me) for the safety of our babies and we’re already feeling self-conscious about it. I’m glad I controlled myself even with the hormones because I trust that most people don’t intend to be mean. They’re just pretty dense and that’s their version of chikahan or bonding. She apologized profusely and even sent me a text message hours later thanking me for educating her about being more sensitive. I hope God can give me more patience not to bite people’s heads off hehe 🙏🏻💕 EDIT: I just want to clarify that she said it with a frown and with a disappointed tone. Mind you, she’s the one who told me “sana ganyan ka lang, wag ka nang tumaba” when I first met her and she learned of my pregnancy about 3 months ago.😅ADVERTISEMENT
Instead of blowing up, Saab Magalona chose to calm down and take the opportunity to educate someone on what changes the body goes through while being pregnant.
While she looked pretty in pink with the mom glow on her Instagram photo on Tuesday, the singer-blogger had a different tone when she shared that a friend of hers gave a rather unpleasant greeting when they met up.
“Ay, naging chubby ka na (Oh, you look chubby now)!” Magalona recalled her friend as saying. She then admitted that her initial impulse was to snap back, but that it took her “5mins” to calm down and tell the person, “You know, you really shouldn’t tell people — especially pregnant women — that they’ve gotten fat. It’s very mean.”
She then explained to her friend that expecting mothers like her, especially those carrying twins, do not have a choice but to gain weight, adding that because of this, she already felt guilty about it.
“I’m glad I controlled myself even with the hormones because I trust that most people don’t intend to be mean,” Magalona said.
Putting the past behind them, her friend apologized for her remark, which was uttered “with a frown and disappointing tone,” and even thanked her for educating “her about being more sensitive (of others’ feelings).”
“I hope God can give me more patience not to bite people’s heads off hehe,” Magalona ended her post.
The daughter of the late King of Filipino rap, Francis Magalona, she is expecting twins, a boy and a girl, with musician husband, Jim Bacarro. The two have been married since 2015. /ra
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