Hollywood seems to be on a roll with its latest trend amongst pregnant women. If it’s not about how much weight they’ve gained during their pregnancy, how quickly they can get their pre-pregnancy bodies back, or even whether they really are pregnant at all, more celebs are choosing to bare it all and show us their naked, pregnant bodies.
The latest public figure to do so is Shayne Lamas, former winner of The Bachelor, who exposed her baby bump along with every other bump in a recent photo shoot that left little to our imagination. The revealing shot was taken just weeks before her baby girl is due–a child she doesn’t share with her Bachelor fiance, but with blogger, Nik Ritchie.
Lamas follows a string of other Hollywood stars who bared it all while pregnant, including Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and, of course, Demi Moore who seems to have started the bare bellies trend back in 1991 for Vanity Fair.
Yes, pregnancy can be a magical and wonderful time in a woman’s life, but it can also be a time of self-consciousness, because, let’s face it, not everything that happens to our bodies during pregnancy is beautiful. There are stretch marks, veins popping up like a road map all over our stomachs, belly buttons that suddenly become “outies” and swollen ankles, fingers and feet. Not to mention the fact that if you are among the “lucky” ones who get to throw up repeatedly and can’t seem to find the energy to put on makeup and do your hair, pregnancy is not likely to be remembered fondly–and certainly not with public nude photos.
The problem with these celebs showing off their pregnant bodies (aside from the fact that we really don’t need to see any naked bodies on the covers of our favorite magazines to appreciate a woman) is that they just add to the stress of every other pregnant woman who now thinks she has to look like that. Maybe I’m just a tad jealous because I certainly didn’t look–or feel–that pretty and confident when I was pregnant. But I’d be willing to bet that other women would agree.
Even though these stars have a full hair and makeup team and are privy to plenty of airbrushing (and logically, we know that when we look at these photos), that doesn’t stop many of us from comparing our often disheveled pregnant bodies to them. And left feeling bad about ourselves once again.
Can’t we just have nine months to stop focusing on how we look?