If you get yourself knocked up you have to expect a little up-scaled attention; a few more looks, maybe an old biddy stopping you in the street for a feel of the bump. Like it or hate it that’s an inevitable fact of life and it’s been that way since we were eating Dinosaurs (or since Eve was up-the-duff with Cain…the choice is yours). Anyway, imagine you’re a woman already with the status of a worldwide celeb getting papped even down the local supermarket. Your confinement (which is an old word for preggers) is just going to make matters worse, especially if you’re one of these types who doesn’t relish being in the public eye.
On the other hand, there are those who revel in the attention no matter what and who seem to want to keep the whole world in-the-know when it comes to buns in ovens. Do we really want to know about swollen ankles, weird cravings, and the odd stuff that goes on in someone’s nether regions? No way! But there are plenty of us who’d like to see what those ladies look like naked. It’s for those among you that we’re proud to have finally compiled our list of pregnant celebs that have dressed inappropriately. But be warned…not all their inappropriateness was good.
15 Mariah Carey
48-year-old American singer Mariah Carey has melted us for 28 years with her incredible voice and natural good looks. By her own admission her style of singing has been influenced by the likes of “Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and R&B and soul musicians such as Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin.” And she’s not only the star of stage and screen; she has also and still is heavily into charitable foundations such as being Hunger Ambassador of the World Hunger Relief Movement.
Carrying twins Moroccan and Monroe in 2011 wasn’t such a ride in the park for Carey though. She was quoted as saying, “It turned into a really difficult time. [Being] pregnant with twins is different to anything. My body went through so much.” We think her face in this photo sums up exactly what everyone’s thinking: 'Crickey, that looks uncomfortable!' Do we need to be witness to that?
American singer-songwriter Beyonce knows a thing of two about using the media for self-promotion. She’s certainly not someone who shies away from the spotlight. After all, you don’t tend to go places in the world of entertainment if you don’t like, err, being seen. Where’s the fun in that? She started off in Destiny’s Child back in the 90s then in 2003 her solo career took off and she never really looked back. A recent album called Lemonade became her most critically acclaimed work to date.
Before giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012, Beyonce made the most of her situation and put her bump out there for general consumption. Love it or hate it, there are some positively eye-opening shots of her. We think this one borders on the inappropriate only insomuch as it leaves nothing to the imagination. It’s one thing making a show of your bump, but a spectacle too?
13 Hayden Panettiere
American model and actress Hayden Panettiere was born in Palisades, New York in 2009. The 27-year-old has starred in a ton of films including, “Racing Stripes” (2005), “Shanghai Kiss” (2007) and “Scream 4” (2001). She’s also an activist participating in campaigns against whale and dolphin hunting and an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
But all that pales in insignificance when you consider what troubles her 2014 pregnancy gave her. She told Hello! Magazine at the time, “I'm 5 feet 2 inches, and I started out at 106 pounds and guess how much I weigh now? Around 145 pounds”. And while we think the fiancé of Wladimir Klitschko looks radiant and glowing and all the other nice things you say about pregnancy, she did pile on some serious timber. This picture shows her wearing some strange garment as she was spotted at the Los Angeles airport.
12 Blac Chyna
After recently splitting from Robert Kardashian (brother of Kim), Blac Chyna’s life has probably become a little more light-hearted. The American model and entrepreneur dated Kardashian just over a year ago but they had managed in that time to get engaged and have a child. Talk about a whirlwind romance! By all accounts not the easiest person to get along with, the family rallied around the son and heir after the split and a source close to the Kardashian family said, “Rob's family is trying to distance themselves from Chyna. They can't stand the toxic relationship.” Chyna also began proceedings for full custody of their child, Dream.
This picture tells a tale, but we’re not sure what. In any case the general consensus is that she’s feeling as little awkward; the pose certainly isn’t natural (unless women do cup their breasts in such a manner). We’ll check on that and get back to you.
11 Jessica Simpson
American singer and actress Jessica Simpson who Eminem famously asked to “Sing the chorus” had a slow start to fame, not really having made a breakthrough until the age of 19. Up until then she’d been singing in a church choir. Since her rise to fame she has appeared in six films, 12 TV programmes and made seven albums. She also launched a line of maternity clothing in 2012 and a perfume.
Sadly with two pregnancies and two babies in rapid succession, Simpson’s curves and lines were picked on in another case of body shaming. To her credit she spoke out against her critics and warned others to, “Stay strong in the face of pregnancy weight-shaming bullies”. This picture, taken at the NBC TCA awards in 2012 shows Simpson in a bump-hugging sequin dress but we wonder why she didn’t go with something more in keeping with her, err, situation.
10 Kate Middleton
God Save the Queen and all that. Let’s look at Her Majesty’s granddaughter-in-law for a moment. Otherwise known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, she and Prince William were married with all the pomp of a thousand years on 29th April 2011. More or less from the moment she and the heir-apparent were courting though was she hit with the good and the bad of the world’s media attention; we think it must have been a steep learning curve for the shy art historian from Newbury, England.
Of particular interest to the lowest media scoundrels was this picture which for many begged the question of whether she actually was pregnant. “Pregorexia: Is Skinny Kate Too Thin For A Pregnant Woman?” asked the Daily Beast. Of course she was, fools. She gave birth a while later and now has a strapping son, Prince George Alexander Louis and gorgeous daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
9 Christina Aguilera
American singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera first appeared on television in “Star Search” and “The Mickey Mouse Club”, but quickly rose to fame after recording the theme song for Disney's 1998 film Mulan when she was just 18-years-old. From then on Aguilera has made a name for herself as a highly successful artist with her music blending elements of pop, R&B, dance-pop and soul music. She also found time to have a son in 2008 and a daughter in 2014.
Talking of blending, we wonder whether blending into the crowd is one thing Aguilera isn’t able to perfect the art of. Admittedly in this picture of the family out and about in California in 2014 she’s trying hard to downplay her celeb status. But what about that bump? There’s no denying that her choice of clothing left a bit to be desire, or actually quite a lot.
8 Halle Berry
According to Indiewire, American actress Halle Berry is the only black woman to have won a Best Actress Academy Award. Shameful perhaps and, dare we say, a shocking indictment of institutional racism but that’s not why we’re here! No, we’ve got far more important things to think about. We want to tell you about the time she joined the club. The 50-year-old awesomely bang-tidy actress has a film career spanning 26 years. She’s starred in nine hit TV shows including Frasier, won 12 awards and got nominated for a further 28!
So when did she ever find the time to bump ugly? That’s not something we can tell you but what we can say is that she’s managed to do it twice at least, once in 2008 and again in 2013. However, we think this picture of her wearing some crusty old brown harem pants isn’t her best look. They’re doing nothing for her (but at the very least they must be comfortable).
7 Isla Fisher
41-year-old Australian actress Isla Fisher who's lucky enough to be engaged to “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen has been in more films than you can shake a stick at. And some of those you really would want to shake a stick at. Take for instance, “Swimming Pool” (2001) and “The Wannabes” (2003) both of which invoked some serious stick waving. But critical slating aside, the star of soap opera and comedy has won or been nominated for her fair share of awards.
When it came to carrying the couple’s two daughters and son, Fisher has excelled in the painful pregnant look. OK maybe she enjoyed the publicity but there are a stack of photos out there of her struggling to look half decent and alive. We think this child made her mummy look as though she was hiding a beach ball under her top.
6 Tori Spelling
American actress and TV personality, Tori Spelling is renowned for her role as Donna Martin on 1990s hit show “Beverly Hills, 90210”. She’s gone on to bigger and better things with a film career spanning 28 years. The 44-year-old has starred in the likes of “Scary Movie 2” and “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story” and countless TV shows. The girl’s done good especially with five children by Dean McDermott even though her fourth pregnancy caused major health scares.
For someone who courts the limelight, Spelling’s choices of maternity outfit have been a little hit and miss. Here’s a picture of her on what looks like a chat show wearing something that looks like it was taken from the wardrobe of Mary Poppins. What’s with the charity-shop blouse? We know you and McDermott were going through some rough times but there must’ve been something else to wear?
5 Elsa Pataky
Spanish model and actress Elsa Pataky is a star of the silver screen, or at least whatever the equivalent is today. Since 1997 she’s starred in over 25 movies including, “Snakes on a Plane”, “Fast & Furious 6” and “The Wine of Summer”. Born in Madrid she has also appeared in ten Spanish films and we’re uber-impressed with the fact that she can speak fluently in Spanish, English, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, and French.
But what she may not have been so expert in was her choice of baby-bump outfit. Let’s face it, if the old wives’ tale, “Carrying low, it’s a boy” is anything to go by, this picture of Pataky at the 86th Annual Academy Awards is spot on. After all, she did then give birth to twin sons, Tristan and Sasha. The media was not as nice about her state of confinement as they could have been, and stylist George Kotsiopoulos added, "That doesn't look like a baby bump -- looks like a beer belly!" Ouch!
American singer-songwriter Kelis released six albums over the course of her 18 -ear career. Born and raised in the Harlem, New York City she has forged a name for herself as a versatile hip hop artist and has been recognised at the Brit Awards, Q Awards, NME Awards, and Grammy Awards ceremonies. It hasn’t all been plain sailing for her. In 2007 the singer was detained by police in Miami Beach, Florida, having been charged with disorderly conduct after a fracas with a bunch of prostitutes who happened to be undercover cops. Well how did she know? Whoops!
We’re wondering what was going through her mind when she donned this lovely ensemble for the 2015 Afropunk Music Festival in Brooklyn. While she has still got the stunning looks, we’re left wondering whether the dress she had on was pinched from Barbara Cartland. Look at it!
3 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian, American reality television personality and “socialite” has two children, North West in 2013 and Saint West in 2015. Her marriage to rapper Kanye West is spectacularly high-profile and media interest in their lives remains at an all-time high. The New York Times referred to their marriage as “a historic blizzard of celebrity” which you might think meant that Kardashian wasn’t averse to having her picture snapped while incubating her offspring.
You’re right, she does like a bit of papping now and then (don’t we all?) but she still hits out at bad juju: In an article published on babygaga.com she’s quoted as saying, “I delivered at 180, and they were like, ‘She’s 210 pounds. She’s getting dumped because she’s too fat’ and all these ridiculous stories. It really took a toll after the fact, when I was losing weight. I gained 50 pounds, and it’s tough to get it off.”
British rapper M.I.A. otherwise known as Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam found out she was pregnant when her hit single “Paper Planes” was in the charts. Remembering the moment with fondness and a smile on her face she said, “It seemed like the whole world was reshuffled in one week, and all my plans went out the window. And that’s the lesson … you can’t make plans, and you can’t say sh–.” Ah, bless.
What to make of this picture? Well for starters, what was she thinking? Posing backstage with fiancé Ben Brewer at the Grammy awards 2009 M.I.A. was almost fit to drop. The outfit was a bizarre mesh of stuff from Loony Tunes and didn’t go down so well; one spectator even suggesting she should have worn something like a, “1960s-looking little white or sparkly mini shift dress, or a long slinky jersey curve hugging dress.” But did she heed the comments? No.
Texas-born singer-songwriter Ciara released her first studio album “Goodies” in 2004 aged 19. It went triple-platinum and earned her four nominations at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Since then her career as a vocalist has been a little up and down. She has ventured into other projects such as being the face of clothing line Roc-a-wear and in 2009 the figurehead of Dosomething.org's “Do Something 101” campaign to raise school supplies for those in need.
Ciara’s son was born in 2014 and her daughter this year (2017). Prior to giving birth she said, “I’m feeling great. I’m feeling awesome, actually. Finally getting to a place where I feel almost normal. It was a bit of a ‘I don’t want to throw up, but I don’t feel regular.’ I’m in between. That’s almost worse. You’d rather just throw up and get it done!” Nice.
Sources: parents.com, babygaga.com, maternityscoop.com