Earlier this week Michelle Bridges and Steve ‘Commando’ Willis announced they were expecting a baby, to our delight.
But it seems certain comments made in their interview with WHO Magazine announcing the news have offended those who know the pain of fertility issues.
Bridges, 44, was quoted as saying the pair’s healthy lifestyle directly contributed to why they could conceive naturally so quickly.
— Michelle Bridges (@MishBridges) July 16, 2015
“I feel all of my years and all of Steve’s years of looking after ourselves and taking care of our health and our bodies, it just goes to show for someone my age, for it to happen so quickly, it’s obviously got to do with good health,” she said.
While well intended, a number of readers have taken to social media – especially the WHO Magazine Facebook page – to slam the comment as being uneducated and offensive.
The general stance being that there are many couples who are healthy still struggle to fall pregnant, and alternatively plenty of people who are less than a picture of health also fall pregnant easily.
Rendering part of Bridges argument redundant.
Former Embryologist and Monash University Lecture told Daily Mail Australia Lifestyle factors no doubt can help increase chances of falling pregnant, but that is not an exclusive factor.
“There are lifestyle factors that play a role, the male partner plays a role… to say it’s only eating healthy and exercising that can contribute to a woman falling pregnant is offensive,’ Ms Houlahan told Daily Mail Australia.
“It is understandably infuriating for women who are doing these things and not falling pregnant to hear this.
“Lifestyle factors do play a role so if someone was going to fall pregnant at 44, it will be the healthier women. It does happen, but ultimately it is just luck.”
Do you think Bridges’ comments could be seen as being offensive to those with fertility issues or are people being too sensitive due to the intimate issue at hand.