Jillian Michaels Says She Can't Handle a Baby Body

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Jillian Michaels, right, hangs out with kids but doesn't want to give birth to any herself. David Goldman, Cartoon Network / AP


Fitness guru and hard-body Jillian Michaels is making a stir in the blogosphere this week after she said she'd rather adopt a child than
cope with what happens during pregnancy.

"I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that to my body," Michaels tells Women's Health magazine, according to Fox News. "Also, when you rescue something, it's like rescuing a part of yourself."

Experts say that Michaels' attitude toward pregnancy is a revealing clue about the celebrity trainer's view of her own physique.

"She is teaching people about body image and self-esteem. Women who have children all the time and get right back in shape particularly if they exercise," Dr. Leslie Seppinni, a Los Angeles-based Family Therapist & Clinical Psychologist tells Fox News. "If this is how she truly feels, she should seek counsel before coaching others on issues of body image."

"The Biggest Loser" star is getting slammed by parenting bloggers left and right for her remarks, and she set off a flurry of posts in response to her admission. Catherine Connors, author of the popular blog "Her Bad Mother," says she believes Michaels revealed a basic "disgust" for the biology of pregnancy.

"Now, obviously – obviously – Jillian Michaels is not, shall we say, cerebral," Connors writes. "Indeed, she makes her living working with sweat and sinew and all those gym-towel-stinky let's-get-physical things – she makes her living working with bodies – so why should she, of all people, be put off by the messy physicality of pregnancy?"

Connors isn't the only one taking umbrage with Michaels' take on pregnancy and motherhood. Kristen Chase is the author of "The Mominatrix's Guide to Sex: A No-Surrender Advice Book for Naughty Moms," and she also blogs at "Motherhood Uncensored." Chase, who was inspired by Michaels' "30-Day Shred" fitness regimen to lose 40 pounds, takes issue with her characterization of adoption as "rescue."

"Now I'm not at all surprised that someone so entrenched and successful in the fitness business would have latent body issues," Chase writes. "You don't need to be a psychotherapist to figure that out. And sure, being an adoptive parent is heroic and admirable. It's also not something to be taken lightly, as we have seen with the Tennessee mom who sent her young adopted son back to Russia alone on a plane."

Not everyone thinks Michaels' remarks are such a big deal. One blogger says that moms need to stop saying the sky is falling all because Michaels made a comment "basically stating that she would just prefer adoption" to having biological children.

Michaels recently shared her fitness past with ParentDish, telling us that by the time she reached junior high school, she was using food as a comfort mechanism and that her own father was "addicted to food." She weighed 175 pounds as a young girl before she turned to martial arts as a way to get fit.

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