Ah, pregnancy -- a time in every woman's life when she celebrates the impending arrival of a new life into this world. A time when she glows -- as her belly gets bigger, her heart gets fuller -- and a time when she and the daddy-to-be become ever-so-connected to one another, and this bond lasts until the child is born, wherein two become three and sometimes even more.
This rose-colored glasses view of pregnancy may be true for the average Joe, but when celebrities are pregnant and/or giving birth, it becomes an entirely different story. Yes, it would be nice to think that "stars are just like us," but the reality of the matter is, they ain't.
We've got 15 examples of how -- and why -- pregnant celebrities are in a league of their own, and not always in the best of ways. Whether they've asked for all-white rooms or shut-down floors, these 15 pregnant celebrities have made some ridiculous demands while pregnant and/or giving birth.
15 Beyonce Wanted Doctor-Decoys, No Security Cameras, And Catered Food
Anyone who thought Beyonce wasn't going to be a diva when her twins Sir and Rumi Carter arrived clearly has been living under a rock for a few years. Yes, the new legend is on our list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands because right before the twins were born, she and her husband Sean "Jay-Z" Carter sent the hospital a list of demands that was just way over the top. For starters, they demanded an "A" and "B" team of doctors, and sent out decoys, so as to confuse paparazzi. They also demanded that all security cameras be removed from the hospital -- an impossible request, given that she wasn't the only one giving birth that day -- and demanded to have everything fully catered so that "they didn't have to socialize with anyone in the hospital."
14 Kate Middleton Drove The Royal Kitchen Crazy With Her Constant Cravings
Yes, we get it -- Kate Middleton is the mother of future Kings (and Queens) of England, so she has nearly every right to make hearty demands as she carries the future of the British monarchy. But the reason Kate Middleton made our list of pregnant celebrities with crazy demands is because she has some of the strangest cravings, like, ever. The Royal Kitchen reportedly couldn't keep up with her constant demands for raspberry ripple ice cream, blueberry muffins, cupcakes, and biscuits. And there's more: while she was pregnant to Charlotte, Middleton allegedly cleared her calendar and refused to do more than the bare minimum of work, despite Queen Elizabeth's demands. Of course, she also reportedly had a very rough pregnancy with Charlotte, and was even on bedrest during the last trimester, so we don't blame her for taking it easy, especially towards the end.
13 Jennifer Lopez Had Specific Demands For The Hospitals
On a good day, Jennifer Lopez is over-the-top and diva-like, so you can imagine what it was like for healthcare workers when the World of Dance host and Shades of Blue star was carrying twins Max and Emme (who were conceived with her then-husband, Marc Anthony). Lopez makes our list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands because of what happened as she was bringing her two kids into the world: according to The Daily Mail -- who detailed the diva-tude of La Lopez in an article titled, hilariously, "The Diva Has Landed" -- she sent the hospital a rider (which is an addendum to a contract typically used for live performances) that included demands for Jo Malone candles in grapefruit and lime blossom (at $65 each), white roses and/or lilies, and a room temperature of a preferred level of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Uh, yeah, sure Jenny.
12 Kourtney Kardashian - Photoshoots & NY Bagels
Any time you see the word "Kardashian," you know it's going to be ridiculous. And while Kourtney Kardashian isn't as over-the-top as her outrageous sister, she makes our list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands because of her unusual cravings and her unusual pregnancy photoshoot. While she was pregnant with her son Reign Aston, she admitted that she had a craving for New York bagels (hey, we feel you there, Kourtney -- there's nothing in the world like a genuine New York bagel). She also had a craving for Nilla wafers and cheese and pickle sandwiches. But perhaps the most ridiculous part of Kourtney's pregnancy was her insistence on doing "high fashion pregnancy photoshoots." Kourtney is a lovely woman, but she's clearly not the model in the family, and the pregnancy photoshoots were only evidence of that fact. Fortunately, it looks like Kourtney is done with having kids, so we won't be subjected to that ridiculousness again.
11 Mariah Carey Wanted Her Song To Play While Giving Birth And Shut Down The Hospital
Mariah Carey is the very definition of the word "diva," so it's no surprise that she's on this list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands. While she was pregnant with her twins Morocco and Monroe -- who were conceived with her now-ex-husband, Nick Cannon -- she ate nothing but fruit because she wanted to lose her baby weight quickly. As she was giving birth, she demanded privacy -- which was reasonable -- but she shut the whole hospital down, according to Cannon. In addition, she insisted that the staff play nothing but her music as the twins were coming out -- and she was specific with that, too. "Now my wife wanted to make sure that when the babies came out, that they came out not only to a Mariah Carey song, but a live performance from Mariah Carey — her Madison Square performance of ‘Fantasy’ — so they came out to a round of applause," said Cannon.
10 Salma Hayek Didn't Realize That Pregnancy Changes Your Body
Salma Hayek thought she missed her chance at motherhood until, at 44, she gave birth to her daughter Valentina. And while this is one of those cases where pregnancy is a blessing, especially since she was so over the moon about her daughter's arrival, Hayek makes our list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands because of what happened after Valentina made her arrival. As any person who has ever taken sex ed knows, a woman's body changes after she gives birth. Someone forgot to tell Salma Hayek that, apparently, because after her daughter was born, she began telling the press that her body was "severely disfigured." Considering her husband is French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, she could certainly have afforded plastic surgery if she felt so terrible about it!
9 Christina Aguilera Was Insufferable While Pregnant
The fact that Christina Aguilera is a demanding battle-axe of a woman should come as no surprise to anyone, as it's well known in the industry that she's one of the worst people to work with, or for. So it's even less of a surprise that she's on this list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands, because boy oh boy, does she have doozies. She's such a pain in the ass, in fact, that her co-stars on The Voice are all too pleased to share the details to the gossip columns, and have said that during her pregnancy, she would get loud and demanding, refused to take direction from anyone, and even hired her own "glam squad" rather than use the ones provided for her. Excuse your beauty!
8 Kim Kardashian's Assistant Basically Became A Slave
Of course Kim Kardashian would be on this list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands, because her demands were so ridiculous that they were chronicled in the tabloids nearly every day. Kim had a very difficult pregnancy with Saint -- her son with Kanye West -- so much so that she required her assistant to carry around a chair with her at all times, so Kim could sit on demand. She also demanded that her assistant carry sneakers around so she could change whenever she wanted, got all her clothes customized to fit her growing body, and hired a personal chef to make "healthy" versions of all her favorite junk food so she "doesn't pack on the pounds."
7 Angelina Jolie Gave Birth In France And Threw Crying Fits
Angelina Jolie is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful women in the world, but with that beauty comes a bevy of demands. And, while she was pregnant with her twins -- Knox and Vivienne -- she had those same demands and more, which is why she's on our list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands. She gave birth to the twins in a private hospital just outside of Nice, France, and while the staff remarked that she was "extremely polite," she also would frequently throw crying fits when they wouldn't cater to her every whim. She even demanded that she get only fresh-caught salmon for lunch, even though the dish wasn't on the hospital menu.
6 Let's Hope Blac Chyna's Demands Weren't For Her...
Blac Chyna is the living, breathing definition of a come-up, and God bless her, she got even with Kylie Jenner and the Kardashians in the most savage way possible. Frankly, that's why we love her. But Blac Chyna makes this list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands because while she was pregnant to Dream Kardashian -- her daughter with Rob Kardashian -- "someone" (read: Kris Jenner with a voice changer) "leaked" her rider that included demands for Red Bull, champagne, and Tylenol. Now, this was pretty damning, considering that neither alcohol, nor caffeine, nor Tylenol are good for babies, but at the same time, her troubled boo was travelling with her, so it's entirely possible that these things were for him.
5 Diana, Princess Of Wales - Threw Herself Down The Stairs?!
Princess Diana was always dubbed "the People's Princess" because of her ability to connect with the people unlike any British monarch before her. However, like any other member of the Royal Family, she had some of her crazy demands, and that included while she was expecting the current Royal Princes. And for this story, she makes our list about outrageous pregnant celebrities stories, but not for all the right reasons: while four months pregnant to Prince William, she threw herself down the stairs because, she claimed, she couldn't get her husband (Prince Charles) to listen to her. But Queen Elizabeth discovered her, and she was "absolutely horrified" to find the princess in a bad way.
4 Celine Dion Allegedly Reserved The Whole Floor At The Hospital
Celine Dion may be a diva, but she's a lovable diva, and it's rare to find out that she's acting out of order. So when the word got out that Dion made some crazy demands while she was in the hospital with her twins, we had to include her on the list of pregnant celebrities with outrageous demands. She was hospitalized in 2010 as a "precaution" to prevent the early arrival of her twins, and while she was in the hospital in Florida, she made some crazy demands regarding her privacy, her choice of doctors, and even for reserving the entire floor just for her! But a rep for Dion denied the story in a statement. "At no time did Ms. Dion or her husband make any special demands or requests of the hospital. She is not scheduled at any predetermined date for her delivery. She has not requested or selected any particular staff or accommodations not available to other patients," the statement said.
3 Madonna - New Toilet Seats And No Air Conditioning
Madonna is a legend, so she's allowed to be a diva whenever she wants to be. But Madonna really ramped up the diva-tude when she was giving birth to her daughter, Lourdes, which is why she's landed on our list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands. After being in labor for a long time (she refused a C-section), she demanded that she get McDonald's French fries. Before she arrived into the hospital room, she demanded that a new toilet seat be put on the toilet. She also demanded dozens of white roses and candles to "prevent the evil eye" from being laid on her and her daughter. She even went so far as to ban air conditioning to protect her vocal cords!
2 Did Whitney Houston's PR Team Fake Her Pregnancy And Miscarriage?
The late, great Whitney Houston was a diva in the original sense of the word, but her story is nothing but a tragic tale of the dangers of drug use and abuse. And, right along with that tragedy comes the allegation that she shouldn't be on this list of "pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands" because, according to her ex-husband Bobby Brown, she faked several pregnancies before she gave birth to her daughter, the late Bobbi Kristina Brown. In his memoir, "Every Little Step," Brown made the explosive allegation. Fans will remember that, while she was filming The Bodyguard, Houston suffered a miscarriage. Brown says that he rushed to Houston's side, but that he was suspicious when he got there. "As a matter of fact she was back to filming just a couple of days after it had happened. I never saw any evidence of her pregnancy or her miscarriage, so I started to think that the entire story was a ruse created by her PR team," he said. He also claimed that, because Whitney was so thin, her being pregnant would have been immediately evident, and it wasn't.
1 Melania Trump - Hubby's Verbal Abuse While Belly Grew
Cue angry Tweetstorm from Donald Trump in 3...2...1. Melania Trump, current First Lady of the United States, is on our list of pregnant celebrities with ridiculous demands, not because of anything she did necessarily, but because of the things Donald Trump did to her while she was pregnant. It's perhaps no secret that Donald Trump is a bully, and according to The Daily Mail, while she was pregnant with their son Barron, he showed just how horrible he could truly be: quick to belittle her, he frequently called her a "monster" and a "pig" as her belly grew. Isn't he just the best?