Baby bumps are the trendiest accessory for starlets these days. Many of our favorite actresses, models, musicians, and reality television stars have become moms in recent years, and we have loved watching them during their pregnancies and welcoming their little ones into the world.
Whether it's on a red carpet or when they are out and about running errands, some gorgeous moms-to-be like to dress up their bump when they are still a little small and cute. But they tend to disappear from the public when the delivery is creeping up and they are about to pop. It's definitely a vulnerable time for a woman, especially one whose work is dependent on looks. But it's a part of life that should be celebrated. These days, celebrities are more likely to embrace the bump and share the beauty for a full 40 weeks or so.
Sometimes that means that their feet are swollen out of their high heels and their bellies are stretching beyond what their clothing will allow. Yet most working Hollywood starlets still have to get out there and promote their movies and accept their awards — and they have the tools to make sure they look fabulous even in the ninth month.
Here are 20 pics of starlets right before they were about to pop.
20 Hilary Duff
We have watched Hilary Duff grow up from her time as a kid actor to having kids of her own. Hilary got pregnant with her second child last year, and she shared her journey on social media with a bunch of bump photos.
She shared this gem not long before she gave birth to daughter Banks Violet. Her bump is round and cute, but you can see just the hint of an outie, which tells us that it's about at full capacity. Hilary's baby was born in October, and instead of bump photos, her social media feed has been filled with cute baby pictures.
19 Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell is the cutest little woman whose small size was an asset on shows like Veronica Mars and The Good Place. But the smaller the size, the harder it can be for a woman in pregnancy. In this picture, you can see it was hard to keep the baby bump covered by the end of the pregnancy.
Kristen didn't have any problem snapping back after the births of her daughters, Lincoln and Delta. The actress's body worked just the way it was supposed to, even though it looked like she was going to pop by the ninth month or so.
18 Laura Haddock
Laura Haddock played the mom of Peter Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, and she looked super cute last year when she was becoming a mom in real life. Laura had her second baby with fellow actor Sam Claflin earlier this year, and she had the cutest bump along the way.
The couple has been private about their family life, often with the pregnancy news coming out on the red carpet when the bump was undeniable. But this private picture is just the cutest. Laura looks like she is about to pop, but she also is glowing and happy, and that's what's most important.
17 Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson has wowed us with her maternity style and elegance over three pregnancies now. She has two sons, ages 13 and 7, and she found out last year that having a third baby at 39 was a lot different than the first two times around. Even the bump was different.
Kate looked just gorgeous at her baby shower just a few weeks before she welcomed daughter Rani Rose last fall. Her baby bump was on full display, with Kate looking like she was about to pop. But she looked so beautiful and she was glowing like she had never done before.
16 Jill Duggar Dillard
In the last month of pregnancy, lots of moms wonder if they can possibly get any bigger. They feel like their body can't stretch anymore before the due date — yet a lot of women go beyond the due date. That's what happened to Jill Duggar Dillard, who kept us updated with bump photos even into week 41.
Jill, a former reality television star, had her pregnancies and birth chronicled for the show Counting On. She tried for a home birth, but after 70 hours of labor, Jill had an emergency C-section. It turns out her baby was breech — and huge. Her son Israel was 9 pounds, 10 ounces, which explains Jill's bump.
15 Jennifer Garner
This picture of Jennifer Garner is older than a lot on here since her youngest is now 6 years old. But it really sums up the life of a mom about to have a baby — especially after having a couple of other ones. The shirt doesn't quite cover her entire midsection, and you can see the belly button popping like an internal thermometer in a turkey.
Jen still looks gorgeous and is getting things done, just like moms-to-be waiting on their bundles of joy in the ninth month. She has always been a model of an amazing take-charge mother who puts her kids first, and we've loved to watch every stage of her as a parent.
14 Yvonne Strahovski
Yvonne Strahovski has been around a lot of births (at least fictional ones), as she worked on the Handmaid's Tale, and last year she had a real baby bump of her own. She looked beautiful at every stage, even when it looked like she was about to pop.
Yvonne celebrated her Emmy nomination last year by hiking the Grand Canyon, which is quite a feat when you are pregnant, and it leads to this gorgeous maternity photo she shared on her social media. She stunned us with her red-carpet look at the Emmy Awards, bump and all, which came not long before she welcomed her son.
13 Kenya Moore
There is nothing like a hospital photo to show that a mom-to-be is about to pop. That's what Kenya Moore posted just before welcoming her little girl into the world. Kenya had a tough pregnancy, which was marked by several complications, and she had an emergency C-section in the end.
Despite all of her struggles and all of the anxiety that we're sure she was going through before the surgery, Kenya still looks fabulous in this photo. And not long after welcoming daughter Brooklyn, the 47-year-old said she'd still love to have another — and we're certain she'd look amazing then, too.
12 Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner kept us guessing about her pregnancy through much of 2017 and into 2018. While there were rumors, she kept her bump hidden under oversize T-shirts and largely stayed out of the limelight. But after the birth of her daughter Stormi, Kylie released a video giving us a peek into her pregnancy — and her cute baby bump.
Kylie's video was a tribute to her daughter, and even though we were frustrated by the is-she-pregnant speculation, images like this one helped us realize how personal and sweet her decision to wait to release the news was. Kylie looks adorable — and oh so happy, and that is what is most important.
11 Beyonce's Twins Onboard
We all remember the photo that revealed Beyonce's twin baby bump. Her belly was bare and she had flowers in her hair and a long green veil. But that bump was just beginning to grow, and we would get a lot of chances to see that beautiful bump as her twins were on board.
This picture with Jay-Z and Blue Ivy is a beautiful moment for the soon-to-be family of five. The one truth about Queen Bey is that every time we saw her — pregnant or not — she was dressed to the nines and feeling fine, right up until she welcomed little Rumi and Sir.
10 Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood is one of the hardest-working women in country music, and she doesn't let pregnancy get in the way. She even performs well into the third trimester when many moms-to-be wouldn't have the lung capacity, much less the energy, to belt out a ballad the way that she does.
Carrie looked like she was going to pop while she was hosting the Country Music Awards in 2018, even though she and Brad Paisley still put on a stellar show. Carrie even performed a song and had a bunch of costume changes showing off her beautiful bump, just a couple months before giving birth to her second son, Jacob.
9 Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian may be one of the most famous women in the world, known for her gorgeous looks and sense of style. But even she struggled a bit with maternity wear when she was expecting her first two children North and Saint. Kim looked like she was about to pop in many outfits since she chose a lot of tight, form-fitting dresses, many of which weren't made to suit a pregnancy.
But even though some questioned her maternity style, Kim always made a point of trying to look her best. She proved that pregnancy is no excuse to forget about fashion, and for that, we salute her.
8 Kerry Washington
We didn't get a lot of glimpses of Kerry Washington's baby bump during her two pregnancies in recent years. That's because her character Olivia Pope was not having a baby, so her body was hidden behind big purses and couches and such on the set of her show.
Maybe that's why we were so taken by her maternity red-carpet fashion, where we got to see Kerry's style and her growing belly. The actress and fashion maven stunned us at each big appearance since she had two babies back to back, daughter Isabelle and son Caleb, all while starring on a mega hit show.
7 Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria was expecting her first child last year, while also on a press tour to promote the remake of Overboard. So she made the best of it and showed off her beautiful baby bump at every stop along the way. Eva looked like she was about to pop, but she was a boss, still looking gorgeous and together in her high heels and beautiful clothes.
“Everything’s uncomfortable. It’s not just your belly — everything gets bigger. I’ve never seen my thighs so big, and my boobs, they’re in the way of everything. It’s hard,” Eva said to Jimmy Kimmel. But Eva took it in stride and looked gorgeous every step of the way.
6 Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling cracked us up as an ob-gyn in The Mindy Project. And so we were very excited when she was expecting a baby of her own, on the show and in real life. Those television scenes were pretty awesome, but our favorite part was how real Mindy was in her everyday life.
We got to see Mindy running errands and living her normal routine with her baby bump leading the way. She didn't always glam it up, but most of us wear jeans and a sweatshirt while we run errands. Even when she looked like she was about to pop, she was all about getting the job done, and we loved it.
5 Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is known for getting a bit big during her pregnancies. She was surprised about how difficult it was to lose the baby weight the first time around, but in this third pregnancy, it's been even harder to keep things under control.
Jessica recently broke a toilet bowl seat and posted a picture of herself trying to squeeze between cars to acknowledge how pregnancy has impacted her life. The singer and designer has experienced swelling and other complications this time around, but still she has made the best of her pregnancy and can't wait to expand her family.
4 Cardi B
Cardi B had a meteoric rise as a rap star in the past few years, so we can understand her reluctance to let her personal life change her trajectory. We recently learned that the star dug into the studio when she found out she was pregnant so she could finish her album and get out a few videos before she started showing.
Then, when it was her time, Cardi rocked her baby bump in an epic debut on Saturday Night Live. She embraced her bump and styled it well on every occasion, and when she was just about to pop, she worked it some more. Cardi welcomed her daughter Kulture last year.
3 Deena Cortese
It's been interesting to watch the girls of the Jersey Shore become moms in the past several years. Snooki and JWoww surprised us when they set aside their partying ways to become parents until they returned to the Shore for a new show last year.
One girl didn't join in, though, and that was Deena, who had a baby of her own on the way. The reality starlet posted lots of updates, including this cute bump photo at 38 weeks, just before she welcomed her son. The blue dress had been making an appearance for months, but in this one, Deena looked like she was about to pop — and she gave birth not long afterward.
2 Serena Williams
Serena Williams's pregnancy was accidentally unveiled when she posted a baby bump meant for family and friends to her social media. After that, she was open to sharing her growing bump throughout the nine months of her pregnancy, which meant that we got a lot of beautiful pictures up until the time that she looked like was going to pop.
Serena embraced her pregnant body, which was strong enough to win the Australian Open during the first trimester. She even posed baring her bump in a magazine. She looked beautiful and strong right up until the day that she gave birth to little Alexis Olympia.
1 Khloe Kardashian
A lot of moms are advised to stay close to home in the third trimester, but when you are a Kardashian, it's a little easier to be a world traveler. This photo of Khloe was taken when she and her sisters went to Japan to film their reality show.
While the end of the pregnancy wasn't exactly ideal, Khloe did pretty well during that time, she didn't have the swelling and other complications that impacted Kim, and she still rocked her thigh high boots at eight months along. She looked like she was going to pop, but little True waited until Khloe was back in Cleveland — and some family drama with Tristan.
Sources: People, Us Weekly, Daily Mail