Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is in damage-control mode today after being quoted as saying many women “use pregnancy as an excuse” to let their bodies go.
Tracy sat down with Access Hollywood to clarify her remarks, which she says were taken out of context.
“I was heartbroken. I was heartbroken really,” Tracy told Access of her controversial quote, during an interview in New York City. “When I say don’t use it as an excuse, I’m saying you’re going to crave a lot, pizza, but be mindful of yes, you should listen to your body, but you should also listen to the knowledge of your doctor. It only helps the mother be healthy and the baby be healthy.”
Tracy, who’s trained Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Courteney Cox and more, is also a mother of two and said she learned by trial and error.
During her first pregnancy she gained 60 pounds. With her second child, she gained only 30 and lost it all just six weeks after giving birth.
As for a mother’s cravings during pregnancy? Tracy said to listen to your body, but be careful.
“The first time around I was craving the edge pizza from Pizza Hut — and I’d get it with everything on it, Dairy Queen oreo desserts [and] there was a custard place I was obsessed with too,” she told Access. “Everything that was fatty and delicious I craved.”
Adding, “I have seen so many women if they just had the tools, if they had the support — even had the girlfriend support, they could have saved themselves from a harder journey back. It is a hard journey for every woman and it’s a hard journey back for every woman.”