"She's the least exciting to look at." That was Kim Kardashian's comment about her own sister in 2018. As KUWTK viewers sat there and watched Kourtney Kardashian react with tears, everybody's jaws dropped. Kim has since apologized for the statement– and with good reason.
Kourtney is the 39 year-old "OG" Kardashian mom who has been playing second fiddle to her high-profile sisters (while acing the mom role before any of them were even pregnant). Kourtney has three kids with Scott Disick. While KUWTK shows this couple's ups and downs, it also shows us Kourtney as one of the most dedicated mothers in Hollywood.
Pregnancy is a massive deal (famous or not famous). Morning sickness and those pesky first trimester headaches might be something that we learn about through TV and movies. It isn't until we're actually pregnant though, that it becomes all too real. Before we know it, the bump is showing, and it's a long road until the delivery.
Having a visible bump can mean all sorts. Complete strangers seem to think it's perfectly fine to walk up to a pregnant woman and poke her belly in the grocery store. Some mommies-to-be are fine with it. Others aren't. When that bump is being rocked by a celebrity though, there's no hiding it. Every angle is judged. Every movement is monitored. Every facial expression is analyzed. With the pics to prove it, here are 20 times a pregnant Kourtney Kardashian was anything but basic.
20 BEFORE SHE WAS SHOWING
The first trimester might not come with "I feel like a whale," but it's got its challenges. Those early weeks of pregnancy are the riskiest in terms of the pregnancy being successful and safe, and the torment inside is one that any mommy-to-be will have to battle. Kourtney had announced her 2nd pregnancy here, and yes, the press were all over her.
Mason Disick was born in 2009. In late 2011, Kourtney announced her second pregnancy. Penelope was still a tiny unborn baby here, but we could already see that Kourtney was acing pregnancy. "I feel great," she told Parents about the pregnancy.
19 WHEN SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY SHOWING
Kourtney was about to pop here. Considering that this family is rolling in money, you might expect a ready-to-pop Kourt to spend those final weeks lounging poolside with her feet up. Not Kourtney. 100% remembering that she had Mason to take care of, Kourt headed out with Kim and Scott for an LA outing.
"I was also more tired but that's probably because I'm chasing after a toddler most of the time."
"I remember coming home from the hospital and having no idea what we were doing," Kourt reflected. "[Scott] and I changed his diaper together, but after a day, it was like: Oh! I got it."
18 FIERCE AND SHE KNEW IT
Something about pregnancy leaves us feeling one of two things: Either more feminine and beautiful than we've ever felt in our lives, or "help, I feel frumpy, clunky, and a sweaty mess." Those California rays may beat down on Kourtney, but this A-Lister knows how to handle the heat.
"My mom would always say, about having kids: One is like one, and two are like 20." Kourtney has actually since joked that she is pregnant with her 4th. That said, in a more sober moment on KUWTK in 2018, Kourt admitted that she really does want one more. This look? So fierce.
17 GLAM AND SHE KNEW IT
This pic takes us back to 2012. Kourtney had flown out to NYC for the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone launch. Kourt swathed that growing bump in a statement red dress paired with classy black pumps, and she looked a million dollars. Glam as she can be when the occasion requires it, Kourt is actually the least made-up of her sisters.
"Kylie Jenner and I talk about doing each other's makeup all the time," Kourtney said. "I want to do it super-natural on her and she wants to do some heavy, crazy makeup on me." Kourt had nailed the "lady in red" here (and she knew it).
16 "WE SHARE MOMMY TIPS ALL THE TIME"
Mothers have been relying on tips from their nearest and dearest since the dawn of time. The Kardashian-Jenner family now has four moms. Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Kylie are all moms (plus "momager", Kris Jenner).
"We're always sharing, what monitor, what's this? What are these toys? What formula?" Kim told People. "Everything, just everything."
Kim actually admitted that Khloe borrowed her maternity clothes. Kourtney was the first to dish out the advice, though. When Kim was pregnant with North West, Kourtney was the only sister to turn to. For a sister who receives less attention, Kourtney deserves all the credit in the world.
15 "I'M CRAVING FRUIT, FROZEN YOGURT, AND CHEESEBURGERS"
Pregnancy cravings seem to work with a force of their own. Mila Kunis craved pickles during her pregnancy. Kylie Jenner craved Eggo waffles. When Kourt was expecting Penelope, she noted that the cravings from her first pregnancy had returned, but there were new additions.
"I want more junk food. Last time I wanted fruit and frozen yogurt. This time I'm craving those things too, but I'm also craving cheeseburgers." Confessing that she had actually "never been to In-N-Out," Kourt told Parents that her brother had engaged in an entire conversation with her on what to order. Kourtney might have been eating burgers, but she looked sensational here.
14 "MASON IS EXCITED"
Bringing another baby into the world when you've already got a child can be a challenge. They might not quite understand what's going on, and they definitely won't be used to sharing the attention at first. "Does Mason understand what is happening?" Parents asked Kourtney when she was expecting Penelope.
"Mason is excited, and yes, he knows about her," Kourtney said. "He came with us to a doctor appointment and he also loves to touch my belly."
"We're making this time about him and making sure he feels as if this is his baby," Kourt said. "I really don't want him to feel like he'll get less attention once the baby arrives."
13 AN ACTIVE FIRST TRIMESTER
Kourtney's third pregnancy takes us to 2014. Holding a little Penelope here (and with Reign still in the womb), Kourtney took an active approach to her first trimester as she channeled a nautical look for a day at the seaside.
Bear in mind that the press was swarming over Kourtney at this point. Despite saying that she was doing "just fine," TMZ was determined to fuel up rumors about Kourt's "on-off" relationship with Scott Disick. Kourtney had revealed that the baby was "due around the holidays," but aside from sharing that it was a boy, Kourt stayed smart (and quiet).
12 A HIGH-PROFILE SECOND TRIMESTER
Kourtney may be a core member of the world's most famous family, but she has never let her role as a mother be overshadowed by her career. The lens was on Kourt here in 2014. While she smiles for the cameras, Kourt has always known the real priorities.
"[Motherhood] is definitely my favorite role in life. It has changed me and made me realize there is nothing else I would rather do with my time." In 2018, Kim lashed out at Kourtney for "not having a business." Kourt seemed briefly destabilized by the comment, but she has nothing to apologize for.
11 NOT MUCH REST IN THE THIRD
Anyone who has been through pregnancy will relate to this– "I've already been through 7 months of this, someone get me a footrest and some iced tea." Kourtney took up the challenge of a third pregnancy in 2014. Toddlers don't entertain themselves, though.
"Last time I ran until I was seven months pregnant," Kourt said. "This time I'm not. I go walking as often as possible." With the Calabasas heat to battle, Kourt took Mason and Penelope out shopping while doing her best to keep cool in a sleek and casual gray dress. She looked beautiful without the designer logos (and we love her for it).
10 "MY ADVICE FOR NEW MOMS IS TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS"
Pregnancy might come with a million manuals, expert-written books, and our own mothers for advice. Actually going through it? It's "my pregnancy," not someone else's. No manual can fully cover that. In 2016, Kourtney dished out the best possible advice to new moms.
"I remember when I was pregnant with Mason, my mom was like: Why isn't the room painted? Where is the crib? And I was like, People used to have babies in caves: it's going to be okay."
"I think just to trust your instincts," Kourtney told The New Potato. "We all have a mother's instinct when we have kids, so just trust it and stay calm."
9 "CHERISH YOUR TIME AND LEARN WHAT IS IMPORTANT"
"Don't get caught up in the things that don't really matter" was one of Kourtney's top pregnancy tips when she opened up to Parents on pregnancy. Come to think of it, she couldn't be more right. The endless nursery fussing. The baby shower that's stressing us out more than it should be. The philosophies and trends. In the end, does it really matter?
"Cherish your time and learn about what is important," Kourt said. "Don't get caught up in the things society puts so much pressure on." It's a sad truth that society does put pressure on a pregnant woman. Provided you're happy, healthy, and safe, it's your baby– not society's.
8 WHEN SHE STRAIGHT-UP GLOWED
The pregnancy glow has a science behind it. Debbie Palmer, D.O., a board-certified dermatologist told Good Housekeeping that "a few factors contribute." They include increased hormones which cause facial glands to produce more oil, making skin shinier. There's also an increase in blood flow to the skin, which can lead to a blushed look.
100% glowing (and most importantly, looking 100% happy), here is Kourtney looking relaxed with Khloe during a pregnancy outing. Kourtney has been very public with her pregnancies. Choosing to film them on KUWTK put a huge amount of pressure on her, but then again, Kourtney isn't basic.
7 WHEN SHE IMPLIED THAT SCOTT DISICK IS A HANDFUL
Kardashian relationships seem to be hit and miss. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been married over 4 years. Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott seem stronger than ever with over 18 months and a baby. Kourtney has been less lucky in love. Her long-term, but very "on-off" relationship with Scott Disick continues to make headlines.
"Is she Kylie's age? 20?" Kris Jenner asked Scott about Sofia Richie. "19," Scott answered.
A 35-year-old Scott is now dating the 20 year-old model, Sofia Richie. KUWTK has shown us plenty of drama with Scott seeming unreliable as a boyfriend. Kourtney had her eye on the ball, here.
6 TO BE FAIR, HE DOES DO HIS SHARE
It's a tricky one with Scott Disick. On the one hand, we're seeing a 35 year-old father of three canoodling with a model who is 15 years his junior. On the other hand, the internet is bursting at the seams with pics of Scott spending time with Kourtney and the kids. Scott recently joined his baby momma and kids for a luxury Bali getaway.
In 2018, Scott said that he will "always love Kourtney." Meanwhile, Kourt has said that Scott "will always be family." Fans are praying that these two will eventually get back together– even Kim wants them to. Scott was by Kourt's side during her pregnancy here.
5 "LEAD BY EXAMPLE"
"I am surrounded by strong women every day," Kourtney wrote on Instagram for International Women's Day, 2015. "I am so inspired by my strong, smart sisters, mother and grandmother all day long. Most importantly, teach your children (boys and girls) about what today means and lead by example."
Kourtney was never one to follow trends because somebody else told her to. The gluten and dairy-free lifestyle she leads with her kids is founded on her own opinions and research. Kourtney likewise chooses co-sleeping and the avoidance of microwaves. A mother choosing to parent her own way? That's anything but basic.
4 "I DIDN'T HAVE ANY GOALS OR EXPECTATIONS"
Pregnancy in 2018 isn't what it used to be. Mommies-to-be are swamped by internet forums, Facebook groups, e-books, and celebrity trends. Sitting there on your couch, it can be easy to find yourself completely stressed by what appears to be the biggest rule book ever.
"I nursed Mason for 14 months and Penelope for 16, and I loved it," Kourtney told Fit Pregnancy. "It was built-in time that the two of us could share alone every day. I didn't have any goals or expectations." Kourtney applied that mentality to her pregnancies. Looking carefree and happy here, Kourt showed us that your own style is the best style.
3 CAMERAS GALORE? ANYTHING BUT BASIC
Facing a swarm of flashing cameras has been a part of Kourtney's life ever since KUWTK started airing. Glamorous as it may seem to swan around Calabasas with the paparazzi shouting your name, there's a time when a toned-down life is probably welcome. It's called pregnancy.
"Boundaries are crucial for a working mom," Kourtney told People. "My children are my priority and always come first."
Kourtney has been attacked by Kim on KUWTK for "abandoning her projects." There's one thing that Kourt will never abandon, though. Her children mean the world to her. When cameras were up in her face during her pregnancy, Kourtney kept her cool.
2 LOOKING PERFECT OFF-GUARD? ANYTHING BUT BASIC
There's a downside to being part of the world's most famous family. The minute Kourtney steps outside of her home, she's met with dozens of flashing cameras and an industry that's prepared to tear her apart for a headline. Kourtney already makes headlines for her unique parenting approach, but backlash isn't something that she takes lying down.
"I am doing the best that I can, and I feel really confident in that," she told Parenting. "Unless someone has walked in your shoes, you really can't judge. Everyone needs to make the best choice for their life." Even if she was choosing clothes here, Kourtney wasn't "camera-ready." She still looked fabulous.
1 TO THINK KIM CALLED HER "THE LEAST EXCITING TO LOOK AT"
Judging by Reign's face here, his mommy is most definitely the most interesting to look at. KUWTK viewers watched Kourtney burst into tears in 2018, when Kim called her "the least exciting to look at." Kim was fired up and losing her temper anyway, but fans felt that the comment had gone too far. While Kourtney replied harshly to Kim, the two appear to have made up. Kourtney has stated that she wants a fourth child.
Sources: KUWTK, The Daily Mail, The Mirror