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Your belly is getting rounder by the day. You may find that you need to rest more to keep your energy up. Your back and abdomen may be achy with the added weight. Expect to have some uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms fade and others get worse—your nausea has probably ended while heartburn and indigestion have taken its place. Continue to plan on plenty of bathroom breaks.
Celebrity Baby Bumps
Quick—name three pregnant celebrities. Chances are you can name more than that! You can probably even name a handful of celebrities who've given birth over the past year. Why are we so obsessed with celebrity baby bumps? "I think a big part of the fascination with celebrities' pregnancies is it humanizes them in our eyes," explains Dr. Joanne Motino Bailey, a certified nurse midwife and a woman's studies professor at the University of Michigan. Seeing a star go through pregnancy—by means of candid pictures—makes them seem more like the rest of us. After all, what could make your favorite round-bellied starlet more endearing than seeing snapshots of her downing a Big Mac in a track suit? But as with all things Hollywood, some effects of the celebrity baby boom may leave you with unrealistic expectations for your own pregnancy.
Pregnancy clothing options used to be little more than raiding your partner's closet for shirts. Yet the celebrity baby boom has brought designers running to make pregnant women look their best. Gone are the days of ugly elastic-waist jeans and tent-like dress jumpers. You can now find maternity fashions on any budget.
The downside: We can't all afford a completely new wardrobe for a few months of use. But if you're sensible with your selection of maternity clothes, you can dress up simple shirts with stylish accessories.
Baby Bump Behavior
Back in the 1950s, pregnancy seemed almost indecent. Women wore bulky clothes to hide their bumps and spent a fair amount of time at home. This is no longer the case. Many women are often just as active and outgoing during their pregnancies as they were before conception. You can find pictures of celebrities still going to the gym, enjoying (many) a night out, and working until delivery day.
The downside: You never see the pictures of the celebrities taking naps or passing off daily tasks to their assistants. Expect to slow down and simplify your schedule during your pregnancy. Your body needs extra energy to fuel your growing baby-to-be.
Celebrity's Birth Options
Water birth, at-home birth, doula, midwife … pregnant women have many options for how they're going to deliver their babies. Celebrities made public the very private topic of pregnancy. As a result, some birth options—like home births—that were once taboo, aren't anymore.
The downside: Celebrities have an entourage of medical help to make some of their more far-flung birth requests possible. Delivering a baby in a third-world country may not be the safest option for you. And elective C-sections carry real risks.
How many times have you seen magazine covers boasting titles such as, "How [insert a celebrity's name] got her body back"? Losing post-pregnancy pounds can be extremely difficult. Some celebrities openly discuss their battles with the bulge. Knowing it's not easy for them might help you stick to your own post-pregnancy diet plan.
The downside: Many celebrities go to extremes when it comes to losing weight fast. Some even get surgical help to lose a few pounds. Others are just blessed with forever slender shapes. Watching a celebrity walk the red carpet a week after delivery can give you false sense of how quickly you'll realistically be back into your pre-pregnancy jeans.
Celebrity baby bump watching can be fun. You may feel some kinship to a once svelte siren who's now packed on the pounds, but don't compare your own experience—or your body—to your favorite celebrities'.