Author, and first lady, Sarah Jakes Roberts has not really shown off any pregnancy pictures, mostly due to the body shamers. The first lady of One Church LA gave me life when she posted a pic of her and hubby, Pastor Toure’ Roberts as they stepped out for the Martin Luther King Legacy Awards.Ms. Sara, posted the pic to her social media account with the following message:
When you’re 9 months pregnant, but babe still makes you feel like the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Thank you for being such an incredible pregnancy partner and husband. I love you babyTouré Roberts ❤? #mlklegacyawards
The couple was at the event to support their friend, Devon Franklin as he received the MLK Legacy Award for Prophetic Witness.
Sarah has said she was hesitant about sharing her pregnancy with followers, and that is why I’m excited that she chose to post the fierce pic of herself 9 months pregnant and rocking a red dress!
I’ve been shy to share my pregnancy with the nearly 200K followers I have on Instagram, 100K on Twitter, or 360K on Facebook. Everything from my nose spreading to my waistline disappearing has increased my need to protect the insecurities and vulnerabilities that can come with pregnancy. For the first time in months, I posted a full body image with my husband. While most of the comments were celebratory in nature, there was one that I admittedly let get under my skin: “More weight, nice but…You were much better before this…,” the user wrote. In her defense, my loose blouse made it virtually impossible to detect that I was pregnant, but did that justify her right to critique my body?
In a culture that promotes full expression of opinions, it is unrealistic to believe everyone will agree or communicate disagreements respectfully, but that doesn’t take the sting away. Many of the people who’ve followed my story quickly came to my defense, yet I found myself pondering the advantages and drawbacks of sharing my personal life on public platforms. I’ve come to love genuinely and connect with thousands of women on a journey to wholeness, joy, and purpose throughout the years. As that exposure grows, so do the opportunities to have my story dissected and critiqued. I’m learning that, as with most things in life, you must take the good with the bad.
You look awesome Sarah!!!!!!!