Expectant Mom Of 4, Anna Strode Is Bringing Pregnancy Shaming To Light And It’s Thrilling

When a married woman doesn’t have children, she’s harped on to begin trying from just about everyone that she knows. If she only has one child, then it’s horrible not to give them any siblings.

But if she has “too many kids”, behold the pregnancy shaming trolls, because that’s just unacceptable or at least that’s what so many others like to remind her. Even more confusing, the “too many” number is subjective depending upon which judgmental troll you encounter that day.

If you’re a mother of multiple kids, and especially if all your children are little, you can probably remember the first time someone shamed you for a third, fourth, fifth or sixth pregnancy.

A soon-to-be mother of four, Anna Strode has become internet sensation for a recent Instagram post she wrote.

Strode, a seven months pregnant mom is bringing pregnancy shaming to light by exposing comments she’s heard throughout her latest pregnancy and shedding some light on her true thoughts behind them.

Strode says she has received multiple messages from people instructing her to “STOP HAVING BABIES.” As well as, “Wow, surely you’re not pregnant AGAIN.”

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Strode, already parenting 3-year-old twins and a year-old daughter, says she’s always wanted four children close in age and was thrilled when her husband wanted the same.

For real, who is anybody else to tell her any different? But still, like so many other moms, sometimes it can be difficult for Strode not to take some of these hateful comments to heart.

She took to her Instagram page to share her experience…

”I had absolutely no idea that “pregnancy shaming” existed until, I announced we had baby #4 on the way. You may have noticed I’ve been a little quite on Instagram the last 7 or so months. I’ve been busy and sick but also a little anxious when posting. Why?! Because over the past 7 months I have been criticised, judged and blatantly questioned why we have chosen to have another baby.

I’ve had comments and inbox messages saying all sorts of things from “wow, surely you’re not pregnant AGAIN ????” to “STOP HAVING BABIES” to people asking if I don’t believe in contraception and making rude comments about our children being so close in age and that I won’t enjoy them. So to be clear… Yes – I do believe in contraception, I was on it for manyyyyyy years. YES this baby WAS planned.

We actually tried for a few months before successfully falling pregnant. And YES, I thoroughly enjoy my children even though they are close in age. I LOVE it in fact! I always wanted 4 children.

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For as long as I can remember, 4 just seemed like the number for me. I also all imagined them being close in age. I was blessed that my husband wanted the same. I never imagined that doing what my hubby and I wanted to do, would upset so many people or affect them in anyway.

I mean, I don’t understand why us having another baby would worry anyone so much? Anyone would think I asked the “pregnancy shamers” to wake all night and feed my baby, change dirty nappies, entertain my toddlers. But no, nothing will change for them so why the negativity towards me and my families choices?!

I’ve decided some people are just negative and that’s that… you can’t please everyone. Be kind people, please be kind ✨ Has anyone else ever experienced pregnancy shaming?! #motherhoodunplugged#motherhoodunfiltered #momlife#pregnancy #mumsofinstagram.”

Pregnancy is meant to be a happy time, and it’s already tough enough as it is. If a woman is, or has decided to be, excited about a pregnancy, it’s time for everyone to jump on board too — regardless of their own personal feelings on the matter. Regardless of how many children she has.

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I had absolutely no idea that "pregnancy shaming" existed until, I announced we had baby #4 on the way. You may have noticed I've been a little quite on Instagram the last 7 or so months. I've been busy and sick but also a little anxious when posting. Why?! Because over the past 7 months I have been criticised, judged and blatantly questioned why we have chosen to have another baby. I've had comments and inbox messages saying all sorts of things from "wow, surely you're not pregnant AGAIN ????" to "STOP HAVING BABIES" to people asking if I don't believe in contraception and making rude comments about our children being so close in age and that I won't enjoy them. So to be clear… Yes – I do believe in contraception, I was on it for manyyyyyy years. YES this baby WAS planned. We actually tried for a few months before successfully falling pregnant. And YES, I thoroughly enjoy my children even though they are close in age. I LOVE it in fact! I always wanted 4 children. For as long as I can remember, 4 just seemed like the number for me. I also all imagined them being close in age. I was blessed that my husband wanted the same. I never imagined that doing what my hubby and I wanted to do, would upset so many people or affect them in anyway. I mean, I don't understand why us having another baby would worry anyone so much? Anyone would think I asked the "pregnancy shamers" to wake all night and feed my baby, change dirty nappies, entertain my toddlers. But no, nothing will change for them so why the negativity towards me and my families choices?! I've decided some people are just negative and that's that… you can't please everyone. Be kind people, please be kind ✨ Has anyone else ever experienced pregnancy shaming?! #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodunfiltered #momlife #pregnancy #mumsofinstagram

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