With over 78,000 Instagram followers and counting, ESPN’s Molly McGrath is used to the online commentary about her life. But as the mom-to-be recently revealed, one troll took their criticism a step too far.
“For the first time, maybe ever, I let a cruel troll tweet about the changes of my pregnant body get to me,” McGrath, 31, penned in an Instagram post this month.
McGrath, who announced last month that she and husband Max Dorsch are expecting, opened up about a rough night she endured, in which she stood on her feet “for over six hours straight, in the rain” with minimal sleep. McGrath added that while the experience hasn’t been easy, she is “proud to be a pregnant woman working full-time.”
“Here’s the thing: being pregnant is hard, especially as I enter my third trimester. My feet swell and hurt like I’ve never imagined and my back constantly aches. Not to mention the slew of other symptoms like nausea, heartburn, and exhaustion. I am making a HUMAN LIFE! The baby I’m carrying around could live outside of my body right now, and my strong ass body made that baby from scratch,” McGrath detailed.
“Completely separately, the job of a sideline reporter is also hard with the travel, prep, hustle to get information, and reality that we never get into a broadcast as much as we could have contributed. But you know what, I wouldn’t change ANY of my circumstances in a second,” she continued.
McGrath, who is part of ESPN’s college football and basketball broadcasts, added how she feels “so incredibly lucky to have a job that I’m so passionate about, it makes me forget that a little human is kicking my ribs.”
“I am proud to be a pregnant woman working full-time and I am proud that the monstrosity of creating a human life has not, and will not, slow me down,” McGrath said. “Women are freaking incredible and powerful and anyone who doesn’t see that can kiss my big achey butt.”
McGrath then received a slew of positive messages from fans, who celebrated her for speaking out.
“Love you and this!!! Every word rings true!!! You are a freaking warrior ! And gorgeous to boot!” one follower wrote.
“So very proud of you!! How lucky is that baby to learn from and have a mom like you!? ” another wrote.
McGrath’s husband Dorsch also posted an empowering message to his wife and fellow moms-to-be.
“To Molly and all the future moms who are reading this,” Dorsch wrote on his Instagram story. “It’s natural and okay to have moments of insecurity as your body changes.
“But never forget to be proud and have some. fun showing off! You’re doing something no man can do. We salute you, miracle workers!” he continued.
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