Hallie Jackson took the stage of Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Nevada where she moderated a discussion among presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar. And although many were happy to see NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent play such a vital role in the event alongside another woman, Vanessa Hauc, it was the fact that Jackson is 8-and-a-half months pregnant that made it most powerful.
”Yep, I’ll be walking my 8-and-a-half-month pregnant self on stage tonight for the Democratic debate,” Jackson tweeted just hours before it all started. She also posted an article by InStyle where she and Hauc talked about their preparation for the debate. Naturally, the expectant mother’s experience was quite unique.
Yep, I’ll be walking my 8-and-a-half-month pregnant self on stage tonight for the Democratic debate. A peek inside prep (with fabulous co-moderator @vanessahauc of @NBCUTelemundo!) —> https://t.co/GiUTkk1F5r— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) February 19, 2020
“I'm juggling the already-intensive demands of network coverage of the White House alongside my daily MSNBC show. I was extremely fatigued in my first trimester, which I chalked up to usual overwork, until my partner Frank reminded me I'm growing a baby,” she told the magazine. “I've also been very conscious of taking care of myself as much as possible by eating healthy, working out, and resting when I need to.”
As for the debate, she noted that she wasn’t necessarily planning to travel this late in her pregnancy. Since getting the all-clear from doctors, however, she felt confident to take on the job. And for that, she received lots of praise.
Shoutout to @HallieJackson, who is moderating this debate while 8-and-a-half months pregnant. "It'll likely be my last out-of-town trip before baby girl arrives," she told @InStyle. What a story for her daughter someday... https://t.co/XCbt34tiJq— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 20, 2020
NBC’s Hallie Jackson, one of tonight’s moderators, is 8 1/2 months pregnant. #Warrior!— Paul Farhi (@farhip) February 20, 2020
Hell yes you will— Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) February 19, 2020
You mean you’ll be waddling up.....and then showing them what a strong woman and journalist can do!— Stephanie Cortilet (@waffles137) February 19, 2020
Impressive. Respect.— CherylsRule 🐝🐝🐝 (@ostrichtoo) February 19, 2020
The journalist had also mentioned on her social media that she was dealing with a bout of laryngitis.
Hallie Jackson is 8 1/2 months pregnant, has laryngitis and is still crushing her role moderating this debate.— Cassie Semyon (@casssemyon) February 20, 2020
Hallie Jackson moderated that debate while clearly sick and 8 months pregnant. That’s a badass.— Tom Lynch (@TomLynch_) February 20, 2020
“Hallie Jackson could be the poster child for what a committed working woman looks like by not letting pregnancy come between her profession and pending motherhood,” Ross tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The last few weeks of pregnancy can be incredibly crippling emotionally and physically, between the hormonal chaos, extra weight gain, legs swelling, lower back pain, sleep challenges and other common symptoms of the third trimester for women. Hallie Jackson doesn’t seem to let the side effects of the third trimester of pregnancy stand in her way of the Democratic debate nor traveling to get there.”
Aside from the sheer amazement that people expressed in her ability to travel and moderate a debate on television while so far along in her pregnancy, others noted the incredible progress that the moment depicted. “This is so wonderful!” one fan tweeted. “My mother was a local tv reporter back in the 1960s and as soon as she got pregnant with my sister she was fired ... Things are finally changing.”
This is so wonderful! my mother was a local tv reporter back in the 1960s and as soon as she got pregnant with my sister she was fired. So I have especially loved seeing all of the pregnant women on MSNBC and CNBC. Things are finally changing.— Kelly Smith/#NoNRA (@aitchee) February 19, 2020
I'm an old lady. When I got married in the 1970's I could not get a job.— KL (@KL04655767) February 20, 2020
Interviewer, "Oh I see you are married. Are you pregnant? Do you plan on getting pregnant?"
Yep, the good old days.
walk it with style for all those who should have walked it pregnant before you but were not allowed. Go mama— carol cadoo (@CadooCarol) February 19, 2020
I once tried a case 8 1/2 months pregnant & I looked pretty sorry. Love seeing Hallie Jackson getting ready to nail it for all of us who wanted to, but didn't quite get there.— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) February 20, 2020
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