Friday, July 8, 2011

Jewel: it's sad that men don't get to be pregnant.

Jewel and Ty Murray.
Jewel is ready to give birth to her baby boy any day now. Of course, she and husband Ty Murray are looking forward to meeting their son. However, she luckily doesn't have any hang-ups about the pregnancy aftermath and is not planning to take part in the newest Hollywood trend of losing the baby weight as fast as possible.

The musician and Platinum Hit host, 37, says "I'm feeling really great and enjoying pregnancy much more than I thought I would. I didn't know what to expect, every woman is different and you hear such horror stories. However, I also heard that you should try to enjoy it, so I took that to heart and not to fret about weight gain or anything else." Regarding the weight gain, she adds "Well, you're supposed to gain up to 35 pounds, and now I’m at 30 weeks and I’ve gained 30 pounds,” she explains during the interview, conducted in May. “The first several months I hardly gained anything, then it happened fast. I don’t know how I could control that – I have a healthy diet, I don’t eat sugar. I think your body has its own wisdom and as long as you are doing the best you can, you just have to find a balance."

Jewel isn't planning on following any specific diet, when her son has arrived. However, she's planning on breastfeeding, and she hopes that she'll be one of those moms that burn many more calories that way. "As far as losing the weight, I’m hoping that breastfeeding does the job, but I won’t be neurotic about it, about working out right away,” she says. “I am capable of that but I’m going to cut myself lots of slack. I want to give myself time to rest and heal and tend to my new baby for a month or so, and then I will definitely get back into a workout routine."

Jewel and Ty believe in breastfeeding. "We plan on [doing] it. I was ranch-raised and believe in it because I’ve seen what it does for animals." Don't expect Jewel to judge non-breastfeeders though "I don’t have any judgment about it, and I don’t think it should be contentious — I see great moms both ways. It’s amazing how intolerant the discussions on the Internet can be."

Her key message? "Knowledge really is power. The more you can educate yourself, the better. Your body and your health are your responsibility. I love doctors, but I have to live with the decisions I make. Make sure you get your questions answered, and never feel that you are doubting your doctor by asking a question — a good doctor won’t feel that way, either." She adds, "pregnancy is a privilege, and I feel lucky that I get to do it. It’s kind of sad that men don’t.”

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