So often people see covers of magazines claiming a gorgeous celeb is pregnant all because of a bad camera angle and a bloated stomach. Seriously? She probably just indulged in some delicious California Rolls the night before! Get off her back because most days, most people would look the same way and end up as the headline of a magazine cover.
These women under the spotlight are constantly being criticized for looking different during pregnancy, stepping outside in sweats to run errands, and simply not wearing makeup. Last time I checked, those are all normal things and definitely not a problem! Now, enough with giving these mommies grief for not wearing heels and pencil skirts during their 3rd trimester! We all get to shovel ice cream into our mouth and indulge, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to? Someone cut them some slack, they are only human and creating a miracle!
Here are 20 throwback pics of amazing celebrities when they were pregnant for the first time. Let’s give them a round of applause for taking the heat from the media, looking stunning at 38 weeks pregnant, and being a mom!
20 Jessica Biel
To start off, Jessica and hubby, Justin Timberlake take the cake on being cool parents. If you haven’t checked out their Halloween transformations, it’s a must. If Halloween is that cool, I can only imagine the Birthday parties Silas will have one day! Anyways, many people don’t know that Biel’s birth didn’t go as planned. This mommy and daddy planned everything down to a T. The couple was into a natural birth and had two midwives, one doula, their house transformed into a labor training facility, and everything organic! Well, her plans took a quick turn and she ended up having an emergency C-section.
19 Mila Kunis
The award for the most adorable parents definitely goes to these two! If their flirty relationship on the TV hit That 70s Show didn’t make you smile, real life will! In September 2014, the on and off air couple gave birth to their first child. The two hid the pregnancy for quite some time and held off revealing the baby's gender to the world. Mila joked with Ellen Degeneres on her show about having cravings of raw sauerkraut and pickles. She even said Ashton stocked the second fridge full of weird foods incase she ever had an odd hankering during her pregnancy! How sweet is that.
18 Kim Kardashian
The queen of media’s first pregnancy was no joke. She experienced a lot of issues when carrying little girl, North West. The world was waiting and so into the birth of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s first baby in June 2013. Stunning pregnant mom was bombarded by paparazzi during her term. Kim had a scare that she'd lost the baby, endured in early-onset preeclampsia which caused a lot of swelling for Kim. She also had placenta accreta which is when the placenta fastens too tight to the uterus. She had to have two surgeries to remove it all! Yikes, sounds like we the haters should give this mom a break!
17 Jennifer Garner
Could this celeb get any cuter? Seriously? Even rocking a full on belly, she is glowing and totally perfect. Jennifer is currently a mother of three, and shared that her pregnancies never got easier. This movie star had a bad case of morning sickness and constant nausea! Trust me, that is everyone’s worst nightmare. Garner shared a funny story on the Mother’s Day episode on the Ellen Show about how her doctor and her first test both insisted that she wasn’t pregnant. Her mother instincts were right, and she sure was! She gave birth to her first baby girl, Violet, 12 years ago! Dang mommy, you look good!
I know they say everyone is #momgoals, but Pink is the real deal. This powerhouse of a mom and women stands for just about everything you want to teach your daughter to be, value, and respect. From the incredible speeches, to her song lyrics, and music videos, she has fell nothing short of being an incredible role model for her kids. She gave birth to darling girl, Willow Sage in 2011. Pink told Hello! Magazine that the name Willow was chosen because “I grew up near one. It is the most flexible tree and nothing can break it – no wind, no elements. It can bend and withstand anything. I love that sentiment and I want that for her.” Seriously, her kids are growing up to take on this world!
15 Tori Spelling
This reality TV star has definitely had her share of ups and downs, but who hasn’t? Her journey of being a mommy started in 2007 when Spelling gave birth to Liam with daddy McDermott. Sadly, the star got bashed and trolled for gaining during her pregnancy and not losing it quickly. She told People Magazine that her emergency C-section kept her from exercising for nine weeks after labor and it wasn’t easy. After the baby was born Spelling was full of so much joy! She said, “The last thing on my mind was to diet. I ate more in the six weeks after the birth than when I was pregnant; I was just so happy!” Back off haters!
14 Britney Spears
Okay, let’s be real. Regardless of her downward spiral, this pop queen will forever have the hearts of our generation. Britney married backup dancer Kevin Federline in September 2004. According to MTV she was quickly ready to start a family with K Fed and wrote in November "A lot of people think you should wait till you're older to have kids. I've had a career since I was 16, have traveled around the world and back, and even kissed Madonna! The only thing I haven't done is experience the closest thing to God, and that's having a baby. I can't wait!" She welcomed son Sean Preston and three months after she was pregnant again!
13 Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson never wanted to have kids until she met the love of her life Brandon Blackstock. She openly discussed on many talk shows about how awful pregnancy was for her. During The Ellen Degeneres Show in 2013, she said, "I vomit a good dozen times a day. It's bad. I vomited before coming out here.” She also told People Magazine, “Anytime I see someone pregnant, I just pray for them. [Pregnancy] was literally the worst moments of my life.” Kelly also wrote the song, Piece By Piece, when pregnant with first child, River Rose. It’s about how she wants to be present in her new family. You did it mommy, and you’re even “Stronger” now.
12 Cardi B
Okurr! Yes, the mama may have hid her pregnancy for a while but she sure doesn’t hold back from talking about labor or how she got preggo! The rapper finally shared her news that she and fiance, Offset, were expecting when she slayed the stage in a tight all white dress during a SNL performance showing her adorable bump. A few months before the baby arrived, Cardi B was twerking on the stage at the festival Coachella. She told Ellen on her show, “They say the more you move, the easier it will come out!” If twerking helps get a baby out, I am on board!
11 Jennifer Lopez
Let’s all agree that Jennifer Lopez kids are going to be blessed with great genetics and rocking dance moves. Lopez is a go getter, and continued her tour during her pregnancy. She reported to People Magazine, that after she finished the tour she told hubby Marc Anthony, “I did the superwoman thing, I finished the tour – now I need you to take care of me.” Just like J Lo, her pregnancy with twins Max and Emme, was done in style. She said, “I don’t know if I’m going to have kids again, so I want it to be a beautiful experience. I don’t want to have any drama. I want to just be smiling everyday.” Sounds like a dream come true!
The announcement of the queen bee’s first born child may have topped any other pregnancy ever. The girl is fire and does nothing lightly. So when she chose to announce the new Bey-Bee after performing "Love on Top" at the Staples Center. She looked at the crowd and said, "I want you to feel the love growing inside of me," and soon after rubbed her small baby bump under her sequin jacket. And January 2012 came Miss Blue Ivy Carter who already has a clothing line and perfume after her name. Baby girl, you are already a star.
9 Jessica Simpson
Daddy, Eric Johnson, and Jessica Simpson welcomed beautiful daughter Maxwell Drew in 2012. The couple set this darling up for a life of high fashion and sass when they received Gucci and Fendi clothes at the baby shower. Although the most memorable part for most people was Simpson’s 40 pound weight gain, she did not care what others had to say. And props to her for that! In HelloMagazine.com she said, “I had a great pregnancy. Eating and not having to worry too much about it has been fun. Taking a break from working out has definitely been fun. But I’m ready for it to be over. I’m ready to have my body back!” Isn’t that how it should be?
8 Kylie Jenner
If you haven’t seen Kylie Jenner’s “To Our Daughter” Youtube video, you need to. Your heart will melt and it just may be the cutest thing I’ve ever watched. Not only will it sum up her journey, share her pregnancy store, but will also show you the shoe closet Stormi has. Seriously, it’s unreal. We all noticed Kylie fall off of social media and of course rumours started. At the young age of 20, she was looking to prepare to be a mom in a stress free way. She gave birth to Stormi in 2018 with rapper Travis Scott. Like Kris says in the video, “It definitely takes a village.” And based on the video, she sure has great friends! We love you Kylie!
7 Christina Aguilera
There are two things we remember about XTina’s 2008 pregnancy while carrying baby Max Liron. First, her still looking incredibly beautiful with the extra baby pounds and owning it. Second, the pipes on this mama as she finished her tour with her baby bump. Anyone else remember the perfect nude photos of her in Marie Claire Magazine? Even she knew they were gold and according to many reports requested enlarge copies for her home. Can you blame her? Christina and her hubby at the time, Jordan Bratman, “were paid $1.5 million by People for the exclusive photos of her son” according to Accessonline.com. College tuition fund for baby Max maybe?
6 Alicia Keys
Keys and hubby Swizz Beatz gave birth to baby Egypt in 2010. This baby has been to more countries before it was born than I have in my whole life! No joke! She announced her pregnancy at in May 2010 while performing at her Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in London, England. Then flew off to Soweto, South Africa to kick off the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At six month pregnant won a BET Award in California, and gave performances in New York and New Orleans. Got married and Honeymooned in the Mediterranean. Finally, at 8 months pregnant she took the stage with Jay-Z to belt out “Empire State of Mind.” And soon after they welcomed their little world traveler, Egypt!
5 Hilary Duff
Disney Teen star and forever our little Lizzie McGuire gave birth to baby Luca Cruz Comrie in 2012. Her first husband and professional hockey player, Mike Comrie, and Duff told the Huffington Post, “We don’t have any rhyme or reason about why we chose that name ... We just liked the way it sounded together. Afterwards we found out his name means ‘bringer of light.’ I love that.” So cute, and totally sounds like our always cheery and smiling Mrs. Hilary Duff. Duff recently welcomed her new baby girl, Banks Violet, to the world with boyfriend, Matthew Koma. Congrats, Lizzie! Hey now, this is what dreams are made of, right?
4 Rachel Bilson
There are a few TV characters that you so badly want to be growing up, and Summer Roberts from The OC was definitely one of them. We also secretly always hoped Summer and Seth would take their on screen relationship to real life! Bilson found her love on the set of the movie Jumper with actor Hayden Christensen. Bilson always told the media she was ready for a family and couldn’t wait to be a mommy. She gave birth to her little Sleeping Beauty in 2014 and named her Briar Rose. She was serious that being a mommy is her new full time job. After her beautiful baby girl was born she posted a pic of her holding a breastfeeding pump and captioned, “Back to work…” looking as happy as can be!
If you forgot about this celebs pregnancy in 2009, let me remind you! To start, M.I.A found out she was pregnant the same week her hit “Paper Planes” was in the iTunes top 10. Now, that’s quiet the week! So, M.I.A took the stage at the 51st Grammy Awards to perform her hit song on her due date. Yes, you read that right. She danced and sang in all her glory rocking a black peek-a-boo and polka-dot top. According to MTV, Fiance Benjamin Brewer was backstage timing contractions with her and had an ambulance on standby. Eleven days later they welcomes baby Ickitt. I think it is fair to say, “No one on the corner has swagger like us.”
2 Heidi Klum
When you have 4 kids over the course of 5 years, your pregnancies get smashed all into one. Especially when it looks like you haven’t aged or skipped a beat the whole time. She literally is everything! Many fans don’t know that Klum’s first child, Leni, was actually with Flavio Briatore in 2004. The two split during the pregnancy and Seal was the one who was reportedly there for her birth. Helene (aka Leni) was adopted by Seal at the age of 5. Klum and Seal had Henry in 2005, Johan in 2006, and Lou in 2009. If there is one thing to remember about Klum’s pregnancy days, it’s she made them all look like a cake walk!
1 Blake Lively
If this couple doesn’t already turn heads when they enter the carpet, Blake sure stole the show when she was pregnant. The couple has always been extremely private, so when we found out they were expecting fans were itching to find out every detail! Blake takes the prize home for her maternity clothes. This Gossip Girl was constantly seen sporting adorable maxi dressed, top-notch sweaters, and heels. Most likely because she reported to E News that “They are so excited they are having a baby and are happy Blake's had a pretty easy pregnancy.” They both shared that they come from big families, so I think it’s safe to say that this won’t be the last time we see her preggo!
Resources: Self.com, hollywoodlife.com, cinemablend.com, MTV.com, Billboard.com, Essence.com, huffingtonpost.com, hellomagazine.com, TVguide.com, time.com, goodhousekeeping.com, eonline.com