No matter what it is a celebrity is doing, the tabloid journalists are going to report on it. Which leads to even the most mundane events like Beyonce's trip to Target becoming breaking news.
But as exciting as it is for fans of these celebrities when Beyonce saves some money, things go to a whole new level when these beloved stars are "eating for two". All of a sudden all eyes are firmly planted on the belly of the expecting mother. It's not long before the opinions of the nation also make their way to the celebrity.
Being a celebrity can be overwhelming to begin with, much less when there is a future star growing inside you. Especially if the things people are saying, such as in the case of Jessica Simpson, aren't the nicest. So perhaps you can't blame stars like Zoe Saldana and Eva Mendes for keeping the news of their expecting child close to the chest. Some of the stars on our list even managed to get through the delivery process before the world got to start judging how she'd be as a parent.
Others, however, are unable to keep the news to themselves. As a result, they often become one of the most talked about targets for members of the paparazzi. Whether it's making the announcement themselves, appearing in various photo shoots or television shows, 8 of our women definitely didn't let their pregnancy push them under a rock.
16 Embraced It - Jessica Simpson
If you want to wonder why celebrities may elect to hide their pregnancy, it may be because of women like Jessica Simpson. Who through no fault of her own was constantly scrutinized in the tabloid magazines for her weight gain during pregnancies and the subsequent time she took to "lose the baby weight".
Wait...women gain weight through pregnancy? Who knew. Kim Kardashian also found herself on the receiving end of criticism of back in 2013.
When talking to US Magazine, Simpson stated, "I felt for Kim — I knew exactly what she was going through. I send a lot of love her way, and I know she'll come back with a bang. I will never understand why people give pregnant women such a hard time. We are creating a human life: I think we get every excuse in the world to eat a doughnut!"
15 Secretive - Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova is one of the most beloved female tennis players of all-time. She has caught the eye of millions of people but one person in particular who couldn't get enough of Anna, was Enrique Iglesias.
The two met on the set of one of his music videos "Escape" when Anna was cast to appear in it, so perhaps it was Anna who found herself starstruck at first and not the other way around.
The two have been together since 2001 and got married in 2017. While both Anna and Enrique are worth being talked about in the media, they both managed to stay under the radar while they were getting ready to expect twins. It was only until after Anna gave birth that the two made the announcement. (Source: JustJared)
14 Embraced It - Natalie Portman
One of the most iconic pregnancy photos of all-time was back in 1991 when Demi Moore elected to step in front of the camera while wearing nothing at all for Vanity Fair. It was a fantastic moment for pregnant women to get to see one of the most influential and beautiful movie stars of all-time embracing the changes that pregnancy had on her body.
While Natalie Portman found herself covering up a little bit more, that was definitely the homage that Vanity Fair was going for when they brought Portman in for a photo shoot in 2017.
At the time, Portman was pregnant with what would be her 2nd child. Not just exclusive to appearing in a photo shoot to celebrate her pregnancy, Portman also made appearances at various red carpet events all while proudly sporting her bump!
13 Secretive - Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana is apart of the biggest movie franchise in the world as one of the leads from the Guardians of the Galaxy gang that will also be showing up in Infinity War.
But despite her very public profile. Saldana has still managed to keep things to herself. Such as the fact that her she and her husband Marco Perego had decided to welcome a 3rd child into the world.
While her baby bump was out in full force when the two were expecting twins roughly 2 years prior, Saldana managed to keep away from the world while preparing for her 3rd.
We don't know if she'd be as successful with an even bigger spotlight on her if she ends up pregnant again, but at least she would also have the confidence to know she's been able to pull it off before! (Source: USA Today)
12 Embraced It - Betsy Brandt
If you had to guess which actress on Breaking Bad was pregnant in real life, we wouldn't blame you if you guessed it was Anna Gunn whose character Skyler is pregnant for part of the series. But you'd be incorrect! As it was actually Betsy Brandt who played Marie Schrader and was pregnant during the filming of the 2nd season of the show.
Filming some of those intense scenes may not have been the most recommended thing for the baby!
Though we are sure that the income that Brandt ended up getting was something her future child was very thankful for. It was also reported that Brandt allowed the show to use shots of her growing belly when necessary. And while that ran the risk of becoming a bit uncomfortable, Brandt was clearly up to the task. In doing so, you can definitely say she made the most of her pregnancy! (Source: GQ)
11 Secretive - Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling both have the talent to continue headlining movies in 2018. But Eva has elected to take a step away from the spotlight in order to try and raise their two children.
Both of which she was less than open about when it came to talking about her pregnancies. With their first child, it wasn't until the 7th month mark that the tabloid reporters started running with the story that she was about to give birth.
Mendes and Gosling were able to keep the story even more on lock when they had their 2nd, only announcing to the world after the baby was born.
While we're sure there is a part of Mendes that still feels that push to act, Gosling has also done an amazing job at vocalizing how much he appreciates the sacrifices that she has made for their family. (Source: US Magazine)
10 Embraced It - Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian has never been the person to be shy about sharing updates on her life. And the fact that she found herself pregnant with Tristan Thompson's child definitely didn't change that fact.
Khloe should perhaps be commended for not letting her pregnancy from slowing her down in many different areas of her life.
This includes continuing to appear in various photo campaigns that helped document her pregnancy. Prior to getting pregnant, Khloe was also very open about her love of working out and the impact it had on her both in a physical sense and in terms of helping her mental health. And considering the stresses of pregnancy, both of these qualities definitely didn't diminish in importance. We're sure many people were inspired by Khloe's willingness to continue working out (safely) and were appreciative of the tips she passed along. (Source: People)
9 Secretive - Mindy Kaling
There is a lot of mystery when it comes to the pregnancy of Mindy Kaling. The hilarious star seemingly had no intention of letting the world know that she was expecting. But after a few months, her plan got upended by the unlikely source of Oprah.
Kaling had worked on Oprah with A Wrinkle In Time who she later admitted accidentally spilled the beans in an interview.
When talking about the situation on Ellen, Kaling stated, “I had told Oprah and Reese [Witherspoon] on a movie we’re working on, A Wrinkle in Time, and she announced it at press. She was very excited. At first it was like, ‘OK, if anyone was going to announce big news about your private life, Oprah Winfrey is the person. You can’t complain that much about it."
Content to still keep a level of mystery to her life, Kaling has yet to come out and say who the father is.
8 Embraced It - Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen loves to keep her fans up to date with whatever she is getting up to on any given day. This includes not only sharing many adorable photos of her daughter Luna but also being open about her thoughts on her growing belly as she prepares for her 2nd child with John Legend.
This includes recently taking to Twitter to lament the fact that she had gained 40 pounds with this pregnancy, but that none of it went to her downstairs!
We're sure there are many pregnant women out there who can relate to the struggles that Chrissy Teigen has been going through.
Though the fact that she has the income to eat properly and hire trainers will probably help her body bounce back after she gives birth. Until then, let's hope John still finds ways to make her feel beautiful.
7 Secretive - Alexis Bledel
Alexis Bledel is one of the most private celebrities in Hollywood. Something that she hopes she'll be able to maintain despite having a primary role on one of the best series of last year, The Handmaiden's Tale.
Though Bledel is no stranger to success as Gilmore Girls ran for several years and was also recently brought back again for a small revival on Netflix.
Bledel has been with her husband, Vincent Kartheiser since 2014. As a fun fact, she met him on the set of Mad Men.
Along with rarely making appearances in public as a family, the announcement that the two had started a family did not make it's way to the newsstands until months after Bledel had given birth and subsequent photos of the family together are also rarely seen online. (Source: EOnline)
6 Embraced It - Beyonce
Beyonce took the announcement of her upcoming twins into her own hands. It was on February 1st, 2017 that Bey uploaded a photo of her holding her belly on Instagram along with the message,
"We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."
The post ended up becoming one of the most liked posts in Instagram history and currently has over 11 million. While it was still impressive that she kept it under wraps for a few months, she definitely embraced it once the news was out. There were many other infamous pregnancy moments for Beyonce including performing at the Grammys.
5 Secretive - Adele
Adele has been very open about sharing her life experiences through the power of her music. But that doesn't mean she is unable to keep a secret when she wants to!
While Adele appeared at the BRIT Awards back in 2012 with a 5-month baby bump, nobody was any the wiser.
Which made people all the more shocked when Adele later announced not only that she was pregnant, but that the baby was going to be due just around the corner. But for as popular as Adele is, she has always been someone who respects her privacy so perhaps it shouldn't come as a big shock that she had no interest in sharing this journey with the world. Adele was also able to hide her pregnancy from the world when she appeared at the Grammy Awards. (Source: HuffingtonPost)
4 Embraced It - Lisa Kudrow
One of the more unusual storylines that came from Friends was Phoebe's decision to have children for her brother Frank and his much-older wife, Alice. But the storyline may make a little bit more sense when you learn that Kudrow was actually pregnant. After opening up about the situation to the people involved, it was decided that she wouldn't be able to take an extended break from the series.
As a result, the creators elected instead to write the pregnancy into the show and allowed her to embrace her pregnancy on screen.
We're sure that getting to go back and watch some of those episodes is a very fun feeling for Kudrow to do. Especially if she gets to do it with what ended up being her only child, a son named Julian. Let's hope that if she was having some tough days on the set as a result of being pregnant that the other cast and crew were understanding! (Source: Zimbio)
3 Secretive - Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester and her husband, Adam Brody, both had to spend a large portion of their time growing up in the public eye. Whether it was people obsessing over Gossip Girl which was where Meester came into the public eye, or The O.C. which is where Brody found his footing, both actors have found considerable success. But you'd hope that the biggest achievement of their life is their daughter Arlo who was born in 2015.
Along with having a low-key wedding, the two made no announcement of their impending child until Us Magazine reported on it one week after Meester had given birth.
That's some impressive gossip to have kept to themselves, but it's clear that despite their celebrity stature, that this is one couple who doesn't mind slinking to the shadows. Especially when there is something important going on like a pregnancy.
2 Embraced It - Kate Middleton
There is no shortage of popular celebrities on our list. But nobody on our list, not even Beyonce, comes close to the level of attention that gets given to the Royal family. Kate Middleton is currently awaiting the birth of her 3rd child which is expected to arrive towards the end of April/early May.
Kate's pregnancies haven't always been the smoothest, including needing extensive hospitalization at one point.
While it must not be the easiest job in the world to make Kate Middleton continue to look great throughout her pregnancies, it's clear her stylists are doing a fantastic job as her looks are often celebrated by the media. (Source: Mirror)
1 Secretive - Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is used to sharing seemingly everything in her life with the millions of people who follow her on social media. And while it may be considered one of the "worst-kept" secrets in Hollywood, Kylie did still manage to make it all the way till she gave birth before confirming the news that she was pregnant with a little girl.
While it was done in part so that Kylie could focus on her pregnancy without tabloid attention, her not confirming the report over the months arguably led to even more people talking about her.
Something we're sure Kylie also wasn't too upset about. It may help that as a Jenner she definitely had many people help her hide the belly. Now that the baby is out, Kylie has also quickly gone back to making sure the world knows all about what she and Stormi are up to. (Source: People)
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