Yet Another Reason To Love Hayden

Hollywood is notorious for its weight fixation and intense scrutiny of women's bodies, a preoccupation from which even expectant celebrities aren't exempt. In a recent discussion of her pregnancy with Hello! magazine, Hayden Panettiere revealed her current weight, brushing off such unrealistic expectations and refocused the attention on her joy at becoming a mother. With a few choice words, Panettiere took enormous strides in reconfiguring the media's attitude towards pregnant women and the resulting pressures to maintain a trim appearance.

The Nashville actress's distaste for sugar-coating the truth as well as her innate self confidence are well-established facts, and during her interview Panettiere's poise remained even as she spoke of her weight gain. When asked about the progress of her pregnancy, the candid actress responded:

I'm 5 feet, 2 inches and I started out at 106 pounds and guess how much I weigh now? Around 145 pounds.

In such an image-focused industry, even expectant mothers are held to impossibly high standards of fitness and are often criticized when their weight appears to exceed a certain "acceptable" number. Kim Kardashian and Alyssa Milano are just two of the many celebrities who have been scorned for their shifting physiques during pregnancy.

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However, Panettiere's frank dialogue regarding her body is a windfall for pregnant women both in the limelight and outside. Instead of discussing her 4-week plan to shed her pregnancy weight, Panettiere simply stated:

I'm so ready to hold my baby girl—I'm going to be a very hands on mom...I feel very empowered myself and I think my daughter will, too.

No doubt Panettiere will raise an important member of the next generation of liberated, self-respecting women.

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