Jillian Michaels Welcomes Two Babies

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Jillian Michaels is well known for being the hard-nosed fitness trainer on the popular show The Biggest Loser. In the past Michaels has been berated by women for claiming she didn’t want to be pregnant because of what it would do to her body. Michaels later came out and said that her comments were twisted and she really meant she would not want to go through the numerous surgeries and treatments it would require for her to become pregnant due to her medical condition of PCOS. So instead of putting her body through numerous medical treatments, she went about it another way. Michaels’ partner Heidi Rhoades delivered their son, Phoenix, May 3rd via a C-section. Michaels tells People, “Watching her was awful. You can’t relieve the person. You can’t do it for them. You just have to stand there and watch.” Just four days after Phoenix was born, Michaels had to leave her partner and new son to board a plane to Haiti to pick up their 2 year old daughter, Lukensia, who she adopted. The pair plans to have Michaels adopt Phoenix and Rhodes will adopt Lukensia, making their family complete.

While I can’t imagine the stress and adjustment that accompanied the welcoming of these two children, I am thrilled that both Michaels and Rhodes will get to experience the great joy that motherhood will bring. Sadly not everyone feels the same way. Internet commenters are angry – some that Michaels didn’t have the child herself, some that they adopted a child internationally when there are so many that need homes here, and some that Michaels and Rhodes are lesbians, somehow making them ‘unworthy’ to parent children.

While I write this blog and sometimes criticize the celebrity parents I write about, I would never begrudge someone’s right to become a parent. I know the great joy being a parent can bring, why would I ever wish that someone never have that joy? It isn’t like these two women are abusive or ignorant; they seem to be two loving human beings who will help raise wonderful children.

So, how would you handle suddenly going from no babies to a two year old and newborn? Are you happy for them?

What do you think?

Jillian Michaels Welcomes Two Babies

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of meredith meredith says:

    Good for them and their new babies

  2. Profile photo of AnneWcislek AnneWcislek says:

    Just to add to other ladies descriptions of PCOS, every woman has different systems. I myself have the condition but my systems not only include the cysts, weight gain (which in most cases including mine is due to insulin resistance) , but I do not have a monthly cycle. It took me 3 years of medical procedures, tests, shots, oral medicines, as well as, a miscarriage resulting in a D&E before I had my daughter. I wanted to have 5 children and I think I am truly blessed to finally have 1. It is a hard road to motherhood sometimes and I do not fault Julian for choosing adoption over the tears and pain involved in going through medical procedures.

  3. Profile photo of lilmismurder lilmismurder says:

    PCOS= every ovation cycle you will grow cysts but instead of them going away normally like most women they either accumulate or in my case continue to grow till they are massive and rupture or are taken out surgically. They are usually accompanied by over weight and beards along with extremely painful or heavy periods. Mine I get very large cysts that wont go away and very painful periods. I am cautious about what I eat because it is hard for me to loose weight.

  4. Profile photo of lilmismurder lilmismurder says:

    PCOS Is Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome I have it myself and I was able to get pregnant. I didnt think it was plausible myself considering I have lost my left ovary to it but I did get pregnant and Im due in a couple weeks. I personally think it was slightly selfish of Jillian not to go through it herself but I dont know her personally or her medical records therefor I can not make an actual statement. I think giving any child whether international or domestic a loving home is great.

  5. Profile photo of Holly Holly says:

    PCOS = polycystic ovary syndrome. I’m not sure what all it entails though. I was lucky to get pregnant without any complications, and maintain a healthy pregnancy, but not everyone is so lucky. I’m happy these two could have their own and adopt. Domestic adoption is great, but the US is fairly conservative about same sex parenting, so it may’ve unfortunately presented obstacles. I can’t imagine adopting at the same time as having one, but good for them. My husband and I never could’ve done that. Happy they’ve been able to complete their family! I don’t feel anyone should be discriminate against two responsible committed adults wanting to give a child a loving home.

  6. Profile photo of brittany brittany says:

    yes they are living and i would be happy god will give u what u can tack


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