There is something special about being pregnant and there is something magical about making a human being. However, as we know, everything has a downside and most women feel frustrated about the changes of their bodies.
Every month they can count a few more stretch lines, the waistline disappears and everything is swelling: abdomen, hands, ankle, feet… But there are the exceptions and some women manage to look prettier than ever while they baby bump is growing.
The truth is that most of the women in this list highlighted that they felt sexier and powerful while they were pregnant. And it did reflect on their looks. Women like Angelina Jolie, who said in an interview that she felt like a real woman when she was pregnant.
She is not the only one who felt powerful while expecting. Who doesn’t remember a seven-month pregnant Demi Moore on the Vanity Fair cover? Or, more recently, when Beyonce broke the internet announcing on Instagram she was expecting twins with a colorful picture?
Of course, money can make things easier: you can have a personal stylist that will help you to avoid loose maternity clothes or personal trainer to exercise properly during pregnancy.
We made a list of 20 celebrities that look even prettier pregnant. Check it out!
25 Kate Middleton
We had to open this list with her! Every time there are rumors that a new Royal baby is on the way, there is an excitement on the media. In fact, the media was following closely each step of the beautiful Kate Middleton for a long time, since her wedding with Prince William was announced.
Kate Middleton, who became a fashion icon, looked glowing while she was expecting Prince George. Her maternity outfit inspired other pregnant women and anything she was in public was sold out quickly. Magazines and websites extensively covered her style and there were countless articles about the topic. She indeed looked lovely!
During her second pregnancy, in 2015, the Duchess of Cambridge she suffered from Hyperemesis, a dangerous type of morning sickness. Fortunately, everything turned out to be ok and she gave birth to princess Charlotte.
Beyonce took everyone by surprise when she posted a pregnant picture on Instagram and announced she was expecting twins. And, of course, she broke the internet. A few days later she made her first public appearance and performed on Grammy Awards, wearing a revealing outfit. The “ Crazy In Love” singer never looked so good!
Queen B. also looked stunning while expecting Blue Ivy. During an interview, a few years back, she revealed what changed after being a mother. "I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life...in the back of my mind, she's my priority”, said. And life is completely different now. So I'm—I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that's to be her mother."
23 Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard is one of the most elegant women you will ever see, even when she is pregnant. While many women struggle to fit in their clothes, the French actress walked looking flawless on red carpets both times she got pregnant: the first time in 2011 and the second in 2016. And she makes it looks very easy!
The Allied star is married to the French director Guillaume Canet and they are both very discreet about their personal lives. The only time the actress talked about her pregnancy was last years, answering malicious rumors that Brad Pitt could be the father of her baby.
I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiralling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up”, said on her Instagram. 'Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.'
22 Blake Lively
The Gossip Girl star was always considered a fashion reference. And just when just we thought she couldn’t get prettier, the Ryan Reynolds’ wife showed up in an event i 2015 with a baby bump and prettier than ever. Different from most pregnant women, Lively didn’t change her style during the pregnancy.
"I thought, 'So much of me has changed, I can't change the way I dress too!'" said. "I actually didn't even buy any maternity clothes at all, I just wore stretchier things and didn't button my pants and wore sweaters that were long enough so you couldn't tell”
But she used the period to think twice about some things inside her closet "I had to get rid of some of my sillier things, like denim and lace rompers with flowers embroidered on them," she said. "I figured moms can't dress like that. I wanted to look a little more chic." , added.
Blake Lively was pregnant again in 2016 and she showed up the same confidence - and beauty - of her first pregnancy.
21 Irina Shayk
It’s common to hear pregnant women saying that they don’t feel sexy or desirable. But Irina Shayk. The confident Victoria Secret’s model walked at the Victoria’s Secret Runway last year and gave the world a glimpse of her baby bump. The Russian was already in the second semester of the pregnancy and rumors says that no one at the VS show knew about it. Shayk used less revealing outfits at the events and covered a bit the stomach.
It wasn’t the first time that a Victoria Secret's model appeared pregnant at the runway: Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge and Doutzen Kroes were other names who did the same. And yes: they all looked prettier than ever.
The model kept low-profile and didn’t show much of her pregnancy, but she was always pretty when caught by a paparazzi. Irina and her boyfriend Bradley Cooper welcomed her daughter Lea in April.
20 Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is one of the most stylish women on TV. The Scandal actress took everyone by surprise in 2014 when she showed up in the last months of her pregnancy. Although her pregnancy was hidden on Scandal behind Olivia Pope’s Prada purses, the actress looked gorgeous when pregnant.
“I was going through this amazing physical transition, this physical journey of having a baby, that my character was not going through. And I work very physically. What I do is often grounded in the body”, said in an interview.
Washington was also able to keep her elegant style when walked through red carpets and were stunning gala dresses. Last year she announced her second pregnancy and looked just as pretty as in the first one.
"This dress was made for me, obviously, I didn't go into a mall to buy this with a perfect bump”, said when she was asked about a revealing black dress she was wearing.
19 Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde is one of the prettiest faces on TV and it didn’t change both times she got pregnant. Perhaps her even better looks during can pregnancy could be explained by the joy she felt in the period.
“I ended up getting kind of excited to show the bump, as a badge of pride," said Wilde. "Like, I'm a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!"
Wild certainly look like a goddess while she was pregnant and showed up on the red carpet. During the day she was able to keep combine style and comfort, wearing jumpsuits and cool tops.
Being pregnant also made her prettier inside. "Pregnancy ... gives you more empathy because you look at everyone and you think, 'You were a baby!' " she said. "Pregnancy brings you into this sort of commune — you feel connected to women in a way that you never have."
18 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is considered one of a gorgeous women of all times and a baby bump wouldn’t change that - even when she was expecting twins. In an interview, she said that pregnancy made her feel “like a woman”.
Brad Pitt, to whom she was married by the time, played an important role in it. “I’m fortunate. I think some women have a different experience depending on their partner”, said Jolie. “I think that affects it. I happen to be with somebody who finds pregnancy very sexy. So that makes me feel very sexy.”
And the world could see how sexy Jolie looked each single time she showed up her baby bump, most of the times wearing a maxi dress. A practical choice for any pregnant woman. The green dress she wore in a red carpet became iconic and was copied by many women ( pregnant or not).
17 Heidi Klum
When you think of maternity clothes, the last thing that might cross your mind is super tight dresses, unless you are Heidi Klum. The mother of four kept her sexy style during her pregnancies and avoided maternity clothes as much as she could.
"My stylist tries to find things that are not maternity clothes, so I've been wearing a lot from The Row, by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I love their clothes. Marc Jacobs too”, said Klum. “You just buy things in a size 10 — when you're doing a show on fashion, you still have to bring it on."
Of course having a stylist comes handy, but enjoying being pregnant can also help to have a special glow when you are expecting.
“It’s the most wonderful thing that your body goes through. It’s producing another human being! What a miracle. It’s never boring. Not old hat like, ‘Oh, I’ve done it three times.’ Every time is a new first time and I love it. Then the birth is just an amazing experience”, added.
16 Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio's beauty is worth millions. Literally. She is a current name on Forbes’ highest paid model's list. According to the publication, last year the Victoria Secret’s model earned US$ 5 million last year and has seven figure contract with the lingerie company. And of course, that beauty would not go away with her pregnancy.
The catwalk queen found out she was pregnant for the second time in 2011 and she almost gave up of being part of Victoria Secret’s runway show that year. 'When I first found out I was pregnant I thought, "Oh my gosh I don't think I'm going to be able to walk on the show,"' said in an interview for Us Weekly.
The Brazilian beauty not only did it, but she ruled the catwalk. Although her two-months baby bump went unnoticed, she already had a special glow.
15 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is a household name since we saw her at the first time at “The Professional” when she was still a child. Considered one of the most talented and beautiful actresses of her generation, carrying a baby just made her look more beautiful, although she jokes about her size.
"Everyone thinks I'm about to pop and give birth at any minute, but I have months to go”, said in an interview at Jimmy " In fact, I went to the store the other day to buy water and the guy at the checkout counter was like, 'Almost, huh?' I was like, 'No! Not at all!'"
In fact, the host shares the opinion that Portman just looks prettier when expecting. “You're showing and you're glowing! You look gorgeous. Congratulations. You're expecting your second baby”, said.
14 Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis was named by Squire the sexiest woman alive in 2012. And she kept her gorgeous looks during both pregnancies. Kunis always used to have a casual style and it didn’t change when she was pregnant. The Black Swan actress was often spotted wearing striped T-shirt, cuffed boyfriend jeans, and sneakers.
For the actress, the most remarkable change she noticed on her body are the breasts, “ They kind of take everything forward a little bit”, Joked. “ 'Oh, look at this! This is what it feels like [to have bigger breasts]”, added.
The truth is that Kunis managed to get even prettier when pregnant. No wonder Ashton Kutcher looks so in love when he is next to her and always talks candidly about his wife.
13 Chrissy Teigen
When Chrissy Teigen’s baby bump started to show off, she soon became a fashion reference for other women who were expecting. Teigen carried on wearing elegant and sexy outfits - And why shouldn’t her? It also didn’t stop the model to wear heels in some events.
The model also felt more confident about her body while she was pregnant.
“I really do feel more confident. (...) I'm never my most confident in a bikini on the beach, especially when you know people are looking at you and they expect one thing because of what they see in the magazines, and you might not look that way”, said Teigen. “But now I swear I feel like rocking it more than ever because now is not the time for a six-pack. There is something very beautiful about being pregnant. I think I enjoy being pregnant more than not being pregnant”, added Teigen.
During her pregnancy, John Legend’s wife made a lot of honest posts on Twitter and Instagram about how that she was dealing with pregnancy.
Her hips don’t lie and neither does her baby bump. Shakira is one of the most beautiful women from Colombia and when she started dating the soccer player Gerard Pique in 2010, it was hard to don’t think about how cute they children together would look like. Well, that day came in 2012 when the couple confirmed rumors they were expecting their first child.
The mother of two enjoys being pregnant and being a mother. “I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard - my own fútbol team”, said during an interview.
Although Shakira confessed later that she was worried that she would never feel sexy again due the changes on her body ( what she did, by the way), the public couldn’t tell she felt insecure during her pregnancy.While pregnant Shakira - who looked very sexy - kept dancing on stage and wearing sexy outfits.
11 Demi Moore
Demi Moore not only looked prettier than ever when she was pregnant, but she changed how society perceives pregnant women. In 1991, Moore was completely naked on the cover of Vanity Fair when she was 7-months pregnant. The picture was considered by Time one of the most influential images of all times. But it brought out a lot of backlashes and brought a lot of critics because it seems a pregnant woman shouldn’t be portrayed like that.
Moore couldn't disagree more with the public opinion and she didn’t back off. “I did feel glamorous, beautiful and more free about my body. I don't know how much more family oriented I could possibly have gotten”, said the actress. A funny fact is that the picture was supposed to be a personal photo session.
Not only the society got over the subject, but the Demi Moore is copied by pregnant women all over the world and it’s a classic pose on the pre-birth photo shoot.
10 Alicia Keys
“I’m feeling so good. Really strong, and also inspired”, answered Alicia Keys when asked about how she felt during her second pregnancy. And that confidence showed up in the outside: Alicia was stunning.
The public could often see the “Girl On Fire” singer wearing the coolest outfits and really glowing. Alicia Keys felt so good on her skin, that she posted a naked pregnant picture with a “Peace” sign painted on her stomach. Of course, it was for a good reason: the singer was supporting the “We are Here”, a charity movement.
Although Alicia looked beautiful both times she was pregnant, experience gave her more confident for the second child. “ I feel more confident and comfortable. The first time I’d be freaking out like, The music’s too loud, it’s going to hurt the baby, stuff like that. You’re like extra overthinking everything. This time it’s much more calm”, said.
9 Serena Williams
Serena Williams announced her first pregnancy on a Snapchat video showing off her growing belly in April and the baby is expected to arrive up to September. Since then, Serena kept posting pictures where she is obviously glowing and looking wonderful!
However, the athlete wasn’t planning to get pregnant at the time and didn’t believe when she found out. “Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament,” said Serena in a revealing interview to Vanity Fair. “How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”
In fact, during her interview - while she was six months pregnant - Serena still seem to don’t believe. “it just doesn’t seem real. I don’t know why. Am I having a baby?”, said.
Serena was the cover of Vanity Fair in June and she reproduced the iconic picture of Demi Moore for the same magazine.
8 Kate Hudson
Let's be honest: we all envy Kate Hudson’s amazing abs. However, the Hollywood star looks even more stunning when she is showing off a baby bump. Although Hudson confessed in a later interview her struggles to lose some pounds after that, she looked just stunning to us.
Kate Hudson was pregnant twice and she always looked flawless when walking the red carpet, showing off amazing hair and skin.
As other mothers in this list, the actress said that she was more prepared during her second pregnancy. “This time I’m actually set up, whereas before, I remember with Ryder I didn’t even have a nursery”, said during an interview to Star Pulse. “I was trying to get the nursery together. I didn’t really have a house until I was seven months pregnant, a home. This time it feels like I actually got to paint a nursery. I actually have a color in a room”.
7 Halle Berry
There are very few women that can be proud of looking good in all stages of life. Halle Berry is one of them - and of course, she would look beautiful while she was pregnant.
The Oscar winning actress gave birth to her first daughter Nahla in 2008. In 2014 Berry was totally surprised when she found out that she was expecting her second child when she was 47-year-old.
'They call it a geriatric pregnancy”, revealed Berry in an interview for Ellen Degeneres Show. 'I was, you know, on my way…this is probably way TMI, but I was really, you know, kinda premenopausal so to have this happen was a huge shock”, said.
When we look to the ageless actress, is hard to think that the expression “geriatric pregnancy” is about her. Although the actress kept very private and the public didn't see much of her during her first pregnancy, she seemed more relaxed the second time and she showed a lot of her elegant figure while she was pregnant.
6 Jessica Alba
Earlier this year Jessica Alba announced her third pregnancy with a video on Instagram. The truth is the Sin City actress always looked effortlessly beautiful and it isn’t different when she is pregnant.
During her second pregnancy, she told Cosmopolitan Magazine that she kept an exercise routine, not for look prettier, but for helping at the birth.
“I'd like to still do something five days a week, from a half hour to an hour - nothing excessive, just some moving around. It makes the whole pregnancy so much easier”, said Alba. "The more fit you are, the easier the birth is, and a healthier baby you're going to have.”
We often see headlines about Jessica Alba style and when she is pregnant she doesn’t stop paying attention to her outfits. She always looks super cool on maxi dresses and skirts.
5 Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson's pregnancy was widely talked about by media and fans. Why? The fashion mogul and singer gained a hefty amount of baby weight after getting pregnant with her first child, a daughter named Maxwell, in 2012. She packed on a whopping 70 pounds and the world didn't let her forget it.
The media pointed out her "saggy" bosoms, her "bloated belly," even going so far as talking about her "double chin." Then, a year later, she gave birth to her first son name Ace, and it felt like Dukes of Hazard's star would be shamed forever.
Afterwards, Jessica went on a mission to slim down, and she's looking better than ever. There's nothing wrong with a woman packing on pounds during pregnancy, but for Jessica Simpson, she definitely looks better without the baby bump.
4 Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere has a smile that can light up a room, but unfortunately during her pregnancy, the media and her own fans criticized her for gaining too much weight. The Nashville Star, who is only 5 feet 2 inches tall, put on nearly 40 pounds before giving birth to her first born.
The paparazzi notoriously photographed the actress in a bikini, at around 8 weeks, and soon everyone began pointing out that her belly was "gigantic" and "huge" and looked like she was "ready to pop." Not everyone woman can stay slim while carrying, but it makes it a lot harder when you're as small as Hayden. It's safe to say Hayden didn't look her best during her nine months carrying.
3 Elsa Pataky
Elsa Pataky, a Spanish born actress and the wife of Chris Hemsworth, made headlines after appearing on the red carpet at the Oscars wearing an aqua-green beaded gown that was tightly fitted around her baby bump. The Fashion Police, most especially, began criticizing Elsa for her dress and for the way it made her baby bump look on and off the cameras.
They said she looked like she had a "beer belly," even though the blonde bombshell was carrying twins. Joan Rivers, most notoriously, ripped apart Elsa's fashion choice and her prominent baby belly, citing the dress was inappropriate, to say the least. Elsa is a beautiful girl, there's no doubt, (the woman's carrying twins) but the baby bump wasn't her best feature this time around.
2 Janet Jackson
Who doesn't love Janet Jackson? The pop legend is not only known for her music and dance moves, but her fashion style as well. Things took a dive, however, when she became pregnant with her first child - and it wasn't only the baby weight people noticed. The singer's fashion style took a complete and unexpected turn. She wore nothing but dark-coloured clothing (the orange captured in the pic above is a rarity) and it seemed like her closet consisted of only sweat pants and sweat shirts.
Every picture the paparazzi captured showed Janet looking tired, with no makeup, and as if she walked out of bed and right out the door. We know pregnancy is tough and exhausting, but there's nothing wrong with putting in a bit of effort to look and feel good about yourself. For Janet Jackson, it seems she had no joy in carrying for 9 months.
1 Britney Spears
When Britney Spears became pregnant with her first son, she was also heading in a downward spiral that would change the pop princess' life. The paparazzi captured Britney walking outside wearing the most peculiar choice of clothing. Now, for most moms, stretchy maternity pants might be the way to go, but for this celeb, her maternity wear consisted of crop tops, low-cut shirts, and shorts that look like they were shrunk in the dryer. Britney, to same the least, looked like a mess during her pregnancy, as if the unborn baby was driving her mentally and physically insane. Her pregnancy looked like she was too lazy to try, rolling out of bed and walking into the public eye.