VIDEO Jessica Simpson says she didn’t make healthy decisions during her first pregnancy

Jessica Simpson during second pregnancy

Following the birth of her daughter Maxwell Drew last May, Jessica Simpson dove straight into Weight Watchers. Within four months, she lost more than 50 pounds and was on track to reach her body goals. Then, in what Simpson called “kind of like a one-night-stand,” she got pregnant again. But, this time, she is commited to having a healthier pregnancy.

“The last time I kind of ate everything in sight,” Simpson told Jay Leno during a recent episode of The Tonight Show. “I was really happy to be pregnant and I didn’t just ever step on a scale.”

As a result, Simpson gained a significant amount of weight.

“A lot more than probably doctors would recommend,” she said. “I really didn’t make any healthy, good decisions.”

In fact, the American Pregnancy Association has the following weight-grain recommendations for pregnant women:

  • 25-35 pounds if you were a healthy weight before pregnancy, with a BMI of 18.5-24.9.
  • 28-40 pounds if you were underweight before pregnancy with a BMI of less than 18.5.
  • 15-25 pounds if you were overweight before pregnancy with a BMI of 25-29.9.
  • 11-20 pounds if you were obese before pregnancy with a BMI of over 30.

Based on Simpson’s admission that she lost 50 pounds after her pregnancy and that she still wasn’t at her goal weight, it seems that she did gain more than recommended. This may have put her at risk for gestational diabetes, backaches, leg pain, increased fatigue, varicose veins, increased risk of cesarean delivery and high blood pressure.

Fortunately, it sounds like Simpson learned from the experience and plans to approach her diet and workout routine differently this time around.

See Part I of The Tonight Show interview here:

And Part II:

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  • Rachel

    Actually Jessica the decision you made was to become a cow during your pregnancy so you could get a weight loss gig and it worked. Now that you already have that gig in the bag you can pull the whole “I didn’t make healthy choices” excuse without explaining that it was all about the cash! Kudos to you!

  • Belinm

    Meh. Women do it all the time – Get Pregnant, Eat for 2 blahblahblah. Never had that mentality during my pregnancies and never had a weight issue. She felt entitled to eat whatever she wanted and used being pregnant as the excuse to do so. At least she’s learned her second time around…

  • Jen

    I never understood women who think if they get pregnant they can eat whatever they want. If anything you should be able to stuff yourself when you’re not pregnant. But why would you choose to be unhealthy the second you have someone growing inside of you?

  • Sway

    Being pregnant right now, I find it incredibly hard to “stuff” myself. The baby pushes all the organs up and honestly, I eat smaller meals more frequently.

    I never understood why people think they can “eat for two” because the baby is a fraction of the mother’s size.