It’s basically impossible to carry a baby without your body changing. Some moms gain weight, others lose it, and almost every woman ends up with new stretch marks, moles, or other permanent marks of the amazing feat her body just accomplished. Pregnancy weight gain is nothing to be ashamed of, but apparently fans of The Walking Dead think otherwise.
Actress and new mom Alanna Masterson just shared a powerful Instagram post slamming body-shamers who criticized her weight after her most recent appearance on The Walking Dead.
Masterson, who plays Tara on The Walking Dead, gave birth to daughter Marlowe last November, just a few months before production began on the show’s seventh season. Masterson’s character was the star of the most recent episode, which GQ called one the best episodes of the season, but for far too many fans, the only storyline they could focus on was Alanna’s so-called failure to lose her pregnancy weight.
After the episode aired, dozens of fans took to social media to call the actress “fat” and talk about how much weight she’s gained.
One even posted a link to a Reddit thread about the actress’s body, though the thread has since been deleted. Any actress or new mom would’ve been crushed by the cruel commentary, but Masterson wasn’t about to let it slide.
In an Instagram post, she fired back at the haters, referring to them as “trolls” and telling them to “grow the fuck up.”
Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn't ok to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind, selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else's shoes. Maybe you can't get it through your thick fucking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being "too large" or how "fat" I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life. I wouldn't have changed it for a second. I would've gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow. Also, grow the fuck up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I'm sure she knows how "courageous" you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers. P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts. P.s.s. Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever. ❤️✌🏼️
“I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent,” she wrote. “A kind, selfless parent. A working parent… Maybe you can’t get it through your thick fucking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling.”
Masterson stood up for working and breastfeeding moms, and said she’d “gladly continue to eat enough calories to produce milk” for as long as her daughter needs it.
“Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully,” the actress concluded. “P.S. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts.”
Despite the tabloid stories we see every other week featuring celeb moms showing off their “post-baby body” in a skimpy bikini, pregnancy weight gain is totally normal—and it’s not easy to lose the weight. Even Chrissy Teigen admitted a few weeks ago that she was only able to lose her own baby weight because she has so much help.
Whether she loses weight, gains more, or stays exactly the same, Masterson is a badass. She’s a strong, confident working mom who does everything she can to put her daughter first, and there is zero shame in that.