Lisa D’Amato: Why My Pregnancy is ‘Torturous Every Single Day’

Lisa D AmatoDid you find your pregnancy to be an enchanting, romantically blissful situation, full of wonder and happiness?

“Why should all women be expected to love being pregnant? Not liking pregnancy doesn’t mean you’re a bad mother.” – Dr. Jennifer Ashton

I did not. As a matter of fact, I hated it.

And I find major relief in knowing that others agree. “America’s Next Top Model: All-Stars” winner Lisa D’Amato was known for her boisterous personality and daring behavior; and she recently found herself back in scrutiny after poking fun at the nine-month long debacle.

While most celebrities publically bask in their stunning pregnancy glow, D’Amato, who is eight and a half months pregnant, does not.

“No. No glow. You gain a ton of weight, you’re moody, morning sickness, which I still have, for the record. It doesn’t stop,” D’Amato recently stated during an interview with ABC News. “It is torturous every single day … and I’m not going to lie about it like everybody else.”

Continuing, D’Amato  said, “When I hear interviews from celebrities and they’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, I just feel awesome every second of every day. Like, everything’s so amazing,’ it’s like, shut up, change the channel. That’s nothing I can relate to. This is real life, people.”

Image via EOnline
Image via EOnline

Can I get an amen?

Morning sickness doesn’t only occur in the mornings, nor does it end with the first trimester. The simple task of brushing your teeth turns into 45 minutes of dry heaving over a toilet bowl. Weight gain leads to a fat nose, swollen cankles, and permanent stretch marks; and that lovely “pregnancy glow” is usually just a bit of sweatiness that never fully passes (unlike your pregnancy gas, which passes as much as it wants).

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“I laugh at it all,” D’Amato said. “I might be throwing up in a toilet, but I’m laughing on the floor. I’m like, ‘Oh, here we go again.’”

And you know how everyone says you’ll forget about the pains of labor? Well, you won’t. You’ll definitely remember every painful second of childbirth. And you’ll probably poop too. Will that feel awesome? No, probably not. But it’s not a big deal; and afterwards, you have a wonderful little baby to show for it all! So, why shouldn't we be honest about it and laugh a little along the way?

In spite of her model negativity (and my own), D’Amato is really excited to meet her son. Motherhood, in my opinion, is the enchanting and romantically blissful part, full of wonder and happiness – totally worth the nine months of wretchedness preceding it.

What about you? Did you enjoy your pregnancy, or were you miserable?

PS. If you want to check out D’Amato’s entire interview, look here.

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Lisa D’Amato: Why My Pregnancy is ‘Torturous Every Single Day’

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. KITTYNOLAND says:

    At times they were great, my pregnancies, at times they were horrid!

  2. kennesha says:

    My first 2 pregnancies went great never had morning sickneas, wasn’t in pain and both labors were fairly easy. I do remeber that it hurt just not how bad. I am currently experiencing my 3rd pregnancy, I am about 24 weeks and I have been misserable since the very first month iv had morning sickness constantly in pain. This time around the baby is laying on muscles causing one led to be shorter than the other my back is constantly hurting, can’t walk for 15 minutes without being out of breath and he rides so low that it feels like he is gonna kick out already. What I can say from experience is every pregnancy is different.

  3. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones (and honest in these statements) that I had/am having an awesome pregnancy. I had only one single, solitary moment of morning sickness (at 3 weeks and 5 days, the day after we took our first pregnancy test and got a negative result. !e took our 2nd pregnancy test at 4 weeks and 1 day and got our positive result!) and other than that have felt great. I was a little more tired than normal during my first trimester, but really it just felt more like how tired I usually am with my normal, 5 to 6 hours of sleep, but I was trying to get more like at least 8 hours of sleep a night. My second trimester was fantastic, no complaints. Yes, I gained weight and yes, it does kind of mentally sting seeing those numbers on the scale creep up, but you are growing a human! I’m not gaining weight because I’m getting fat, I’m gaining weight because I’m getting more and more pregnant. Now that I’m 30 weeks I’m starting to have a harder time sleeping, but even that is not the end of the world. I just slow down and make sure I’m truly tired before laying down to sleep at night so that I don’t get all frustrated and in my head for not being able to fall asleep right away. Also my Snoogle (full body pillow) helps a ton! =) I embraced pregnancy clothes as soon as I started to show and it has made getting dressed and going about my day a lot more comfortable. Also I continue to exercise. Every time my back starts to hurt I work out and stretch afterward and the pain is gone. If I’m feeling down in the dumps or sluggish, same thing, and I feel so much better after. Added bonus, staying healthy by exercising and eating right will help ensure that I don’t gain too much weight and I’m able to loose it quickly after. BIG added bonus, like I said I’m 30 weeks pregnant and not a single stretch mark in site (yet).

    I know that there are some women that do go through hell with their pregnancies and childbirth, but just like I don’t think that every woman who complains about morning sickness or pregnancy aches & pains should suck it up because it’s really not that bad at all, don’t hate on or call those of us that do have fantastic pregnancies liars or fakes. Everyone is different and what is normal for you is just that.

  4. Kate says:

    I have to be honest: I had a great pregnancy! Basically no morning sickness (I only felt a little nausious right at the beginning when I also had a horrible cold and congestion), slept well, was a little more tired but not a lot, actually had less heartburn and stomach issues than normal, and still moved around like I wasn’t pregnant even at 41 weeks (people actually kind of made fun of me for it). However, I know that’s not the norm. I was expecting to hate pregnancy and to have to battle through it every day. I’m still worried about how a second pregnancy might go, you never know how you’ll feel with the next one.

  5. Leah says:

    I hated every single minute of pregnancy after week 8. Not im not being over dramatic, im being under dramatic, I spent 8 months either really uncomfortable in bed (took about 15 minutes just to find a position, only to get up half hour later to pee 1/2 ounce) or uncomfortable on the couch (we had to get a new couch because two cushions were blown out where they met eachother), There were a few times I went out to get baby stuff and then was so exhausted I needed a third nap. got two tickets for lame things, and I got in two car accidents, until then I had 0 of both. I did go out to dinner once with friends, but only in the third trimester when my mind at least worked again. The migraine I got at week 12 stayed, round the clock until week 38, then it was gone, at week 41 I literally could not hold a civil conversation, my dr asked ” is there anything I can for you” at every visit after week 36, get this baby out NOW, which she thought was funny. I was mean to my husband, mean to my mom, mean to my dogs. I am a nice person, one of those people you meet that when you leave you say well she was nice, cordial funny easy going. Pregnant I was a mess, mean, blunt, unkept, ( wash my hair what?) I had regular contractions from week 21 on, they stopped them once, then they said unless you start dilating we wont stop them, at my 32 week visit, the dr said just try and keep that baby in for 4 more weeks, I don’t think you’ll make it to 36 weeks, but do try. And then induced at 41+ weeks, I was not even talking to people anymore, I would talk through my husband in nods and shrugs and eyes, if I opened my mouth I was afraid both tears and shouts would erupt. Here is the funny part, dd was born at 1127am, and my noon, I was laughing, joking, hungry, and nice again.
    My dr said, as she look at my 9 lb baby (who should have been, by all measures and calculation, and my low wiehgt gain maybe, MAYBE she said 7 and a half lbs) my OB says, well I guess we know why you were so uncomfortable, at least I was PP or I might have ripped her head off.
    But I must say you do forget about just enough to consider doing it again. And in the end what is 8 months of complete misery (unless you have bad PPD) compared with not having a beautiful wonderful amazing tiny human

  6. Yeah, I was pretty miserable during my pregnancy with my daughter. And honestly, at first I did end up crying, thinking I was a bad mom because I was so miserable…but then I realized that it has nothing to do with being a good or bad mom. It is what it is. Every pregnancy is different, so no one has any right to judge another on how they react to theirs 🙂 After giving birth (with an epidural), I told friends I would rather give birth once a month for nine months instead of be pregnant, lol. And now that we’re gearing up to add to the family once again, I can’t help but dread those long 9/10 months ahead. But in the end, I know that the little baby at the end is totally and completely worth all of it! of course, it’s nice to hear that others were as miserable as me though 😉

  7. minimunchkin says:

    It’s about time someone in the spotlight tells how pregnancy really is!

  8. nichole says:

    while i miss a tiny bit of my pregnancy with my first born, i was streight up honest and would always say being preggy is over rated and how i didnt enjoy it. and this time around, my pregnancy was a little easier on my body, untill being diagnosed with gestational diabeties, but for the most part… ya, over rated still…. does it mean i dont/wont love my kids as much as someone who loved being preggers,? nope, not at all. i love them more then anything, and its worth it to go through it, its just not all glamerous as some people would have you believe.

  9. alliekat1987 says:

    I love being pregnant, but I do agree that it isnt all sunshine and roses. I definitely have my bad days and at 24 weeks Im still puking my guts up but despite it all I love my little bundle of joy growing inside of me.

  10. Phammom says:

    Enjoying mine except for when my rib hurts. But the bright side t doesn’t hurt all the time.

  11. CASEY says:

    Amen Sista! I am 37 weeks pregnant and I have NOT enjoyed being pregnant! With that being said, of course I cant wait until I meet my son and I know he will be worth every pound gained, stretch mark received and countless trips to the bathroom!

  12. Yes, you can get an AMEN!

  13. Jo says:

    I saw Lisa during her time(s) in ANTM. I felt she has always been a forward, blunt, & a happy-go-lucky-with herself-kinda-gal that is too much for reality-sake (CAN YOU. “LOOK AT ME?”!). I’m sure her pregnancy has been difficult. She has shown how difficult she is! Why wouldn’t her body be negative towards a natural happening?! (But, like MOST births, reality will set-in when you look into those baby-blues [or browns] & delight in the joy of the experience! Good grief – 9 months is a WHOLE lot LESS than 18+++ years!)
    Lisa, you’ll be fine in no time. ~As my mother always said, (& I agree) “Birth is exquisite pain.”

  14. Angela says:

    Thank God! Now I don’t feel so awful. Everyone’s always asking me “How do you like being pregnant?” or “Are you going to miss being pregnant when the baby’s born?” My answer to both of those questions being “Not. At. All.” I hated it the first time I was pregnant and I hate it this time too. Morning sickness in the beginning, and then afterwards I just feel achy and tired all the time. I have no energy and I’m constantly sweating even when I know it’s not hot in my air conditioned house. But like you said, it’s all worth it in the end.

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