It’s hard to fathom, but videos from her appearance on the Australian TV show, Sunday Night HD, indicate that Beyonce might be wearing a fake baby bump, spurring rumors that she’s faking her own pregnancy while she waits for a surrogate to bring her baby to term. Why would she do it? Some surmise that she’s avoiding the inevitable weight gain that comes with pregnancy, but we think a more reasonable explanation lies in medical reasons: There are several health risks that come with a real baby bump (and some that preclude pregnancy altogether), and while science allows for surrogacy, it’s possible that Beyonce and Jay-Z don’t think pop culture is quite ready.
The video (below) shows Beyonce sitting down to be interviewed and, in the process, her stomach appears to fold in, and her dress collapses, then fills back in once she sits down. Rumors have it that she’s wearing a foam prosthetic that can collapse (although why Beyonce wouldn’t invest in a better front for her pregnancy eludes us nearly as much as the idea of publicly faking a pregnancy).
Why she would fake her own pregnancy is mysterious, but many have speculated that, since Beyonce’s been lying about her age for years (she says she’s 30, but many think she’s seven years older), she could have age-related complications associated with carrying her own pregnancy to term.
Pregnancy after the age of 35 is widely accepted as more risky and difficult, for the following main reasons:
- It could take longer to get pregnant, and infertility is a greater possibility. Infertility can be due to several reasons, but the most common are tubal blockage or tubal occlusion, early menopause, endometriosis, thyroid issues, medications and hormonal imbalances. While some of these can be resolved through medical care, or artificial insemination, there are some preexisting conditions that can put the mother or baby’s health at risk, which typically leads many couples to consider adoption or surrogacy.
- Multiple pregnancy is more likely. This is mostly associated with infertility treatments that enhance ovulation.
- There’s higher risk for gestational diabetes. Tight control of blood sugar during pregnancy can help control risk, but this is much more common during pregnancy in older mothers.
- You’re more likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy.
- C-section is more likely. Older moms (especially first-time mothers over the age of 35) have a higher risk of pregnancy- or labor-complications that can necessitate c-section.
-Risk of chromosome abnormalities is higher. Babies born to older mothers have a higher risk of chromosome complications, such as Down syndrome.
-Risk of miscarriage is higher. This could be due to several reasons, but with age comes a higher risk of miscarriage.
Of course, all of this is speculative, but if Beyonce really is 37 (and if she’s really faking her pregnancy), all of these are good reasons to opt for a surrogate or adopt. And while growing numbers of women make the same decision, it’s far less culturally acceptable (and we’re guessing that the announcement of her surrogacy wouldn’t have caused quite the fanfare that her pregnancy announcement at the VMAs—which set a new record in tweets-per-second on twitter—did).