It’s unfortunate that I have to say something but after a number of comments like: ‘you’re going to give birth to a dead fetus’ or ‘you just killed your baby’ I have to remind you that this is MY body. MY body is the body that is creating life. MY body is the one that has stretch marks and cellulite and varicose veins and sore hips and back pain that runs down my legs. MY body is the body that is tired and sore and emotional and the happiest it’s ever been. So if I want to jump in a pool, go on a tube and slowly ride around with my husband, dance like an idiot or work out I am absolutely going to. Leave your awful comments to yourself and let me enjoy MYSELF and MY body the way I want to.
Leave it to soccer star Sydney Leroux Dwyer to kick back at her pregnancy-shamers.
The U.S. women’s national team forward — who is expecting her first child, a baby boy, in September — shared a photo on July 5 that showed her and her soccer player husband, Dom Dwyer, tubing on a lake. Within minutes, the trolls came out in full force. “You don’t tube while you’re pregnant,” wrote one commenter, while another chimed in: “You gonna kill that baby.”
But the 26-year-old Olympic gold medalist — who earned the award at the 2012 London games — was having none of it.
“It’s unfortunate that I have to say something but after a number of comments like: ‘you’re going to give birth to a dead fetus’ or ‘you just killed your baby’ I have to remind you that this is MY body,” the mom-to-be wrote in an Instagram post later that day. “MY body is the one that is creating this life … So if I want to jump in a pool, go on a tube and slowly ride around with my husband, dance like an idiot or work out, I am absolutely going to.”
The post received more than 85,000 likes and more than 3,000 comments.
Two weeks later, Leroux Instagrammed a 3D ultrasound of her adorable (and unscathed!) son. “I shall call him, Squishy,” she captioned the image. “#lipsfordays.”
In May, Leroux revealed that she shared her baby news with Dwyer over FaceTime. “I was like ‘I’m going to take a pregnancy test,” Leroux told ESPN. “So I take the pregnancy test … and I put it on the counter. I look and it says ‘pregnant.’ I think I said, ‘Oh my God.’ And I flipped the FaceTime screen and so all he sees, as well, is ‘pregnant.’”
The athlete is sitting out the Rio games because of her pregnancy.
Leroux and Dwyer — who is Sporting Kansas City’s leading goal scorer — tied the knot in October 2015.
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