Joy Behar Calls Jessica Simpson Fat: How much Weight Gain is Safe During Pregnancy?

Regardless of the harsh words spoken by The View cohost Joy Behar, Jessica Simpson has chosen to be the better person.

The 31 year-old Fashion Star mentor recently tweeted her followers to pick up her nude Elle cover.

“Last chance to see me ‘fat’ aka PREGNANT on the cover of Elle,” Simpson tweeted. “I loved this shoot, [and it’s] only on stands for a few more days!”

Choosing to take the high road, the quotation marks are the closest Simpson has come to acknowledging Behar’s comments last Tuesday on The View.

Simpson came under attack when Behar talked about her pregnancy weight gain. “Remember the time that Jessica Simpson was criticized because she didn’t know the difference between chicken and tuna? That kind of thing is more fun to criticize than the fact that the girl is fat,” Behar, 69, told her fellow morning show hosts last Tuesday. “Most women who are pregnant are not supposed to gain more than 25 pounds. She looks like she gained a lot more than that.”

Even though Simpson has basically ignored the comments other women have not been willing to do the same.

“When women are pregnant, people need to lay off,” Tori Spelling told Celebuzz during an interview last week. “It’s a really special time and you should be able to deal with it in your own terms.”

Sarah Palin also had something to say about Behar’s comment. While hosting on the Today show with Matt Laurer, she said, “I would have wanted to punch [Jessica’s critics] in the neck. It’s none of anybody else’s business how much weight I would gain.”

Simpson has reportedly gained 40 pounds, only a few pounds more than the recommended 25-35 pounds for those of normal weight.

More than a concern of the weight gain, for some health professionals, is Simpson’s own admission of taking “a break from working out,” according to Hello! Magazine. Exercising during pregnancy is important because it can help ward off maternal obesity, which increases the risk of high blood pressure, miscarriage and autism in the child.

According to the Huffington Post, Michelle F. Mottola, of the University of Western Ontario’s Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory, has broken down the specifics of exercising while pregnant, and has determined that not only should mothers keep working out while carrying their child, but it can be a good idea to start a program at that time too.

In a paper she co-wrote entitled, “Exercise In Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period,” she recommend 15 minutes of continuous exercise three times a week, gradually increasing to 30-minute sessions four times a week. Activities such as brisk walking, stationary cycling or swimming are safe choices since they aren’t particularly bouncy or stressful on the joints. For anyone who has not been exercising prior to becoming pregnant should wait until the second trimester to begin a program.

Simpson is expecting her first child with fiancé Eric Johnson and is reportedly due later this spring and has signed a $3 million contract with Weight Watchers as a spokesperson and has agreed to start losing weight immediately after having the baby.

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