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Published:October 24th, 2007 03:06 EST
Famous Before You Are Born

Famous Before You Are Born

By LaShelle Turner

There is definitely something in the water in Hollywood. Is every Hollywood starlet pregnant? Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera are all reportedly expecting.  Even Nicole Richie, who is famous for doing absolutely nothing, is on the baby bump radar.  By nature, all women are designed to have babies. So, why are we going nuts when, to put it frankly, female stars get knocked up?

The new obsession in entertainment reporting is playing the baby bump game. Everyone wants to be the first to reveal the next big celebrity’s pregnancy. The moment a starlet conceives, media outlets clamor to be the first to say, “We told you so.”

Every outfit a star wears is under scrutiny. God help the starlet who gets bloated during PMS. Next thing you know, some magazine will be announcing to the world that she’s three months pregnant. Poor Katie Holmes is reportedly pregnant every other week.

But, why this sudden need to expose a starlet’s delicate condition?

This brings up the question: Can celebrity moms truly enjoy their pregnancy? There is also the moral dilemma of whether it is right to announce someone’s pregnancy before they are ready to do it publicly.

This trend of outing celebrities’ pregnancies may have started when magazines began paying top dollar for exclusive, first pics of stars and their latest offspring. We who worship all things celebrity, immediately rush to the newsstands to get a peek. Most of us usually hate it when our co-workers hound us with their baby pictures, but we gladly pay $3.99 to get the first look at the newest celebrity hatchling.

Maybe we are so obsessed because celebrities make pregnancy seems effortless. Their noses and feet do not swell. They seemingly gain only weight in their belly and breasts. They still get to wear trendy clothes and high heels. Maybe it’s just be another Hollywood trick, like photo shop.

Yet, unlike like us mere mortals who gain our twenty or thirty pounds in peace, they have unreasonable pressure to get back into string-bikini shape and to appear on the cover of People magazine in a matter of weeks or, sometimes, days. You see, even pregnant stars have to watch their weight and deal with the pressure to stay thin.

This is another reason we regular people should not envy famous people. They cannot enjoy even one of the most special times in a woman’s life. Pregnancy is supposed to be the one time when a woman can eat, relax and stop counting calories. She can actually have second helpings without worrying about her figure. For one of the few times in a woman’s life, she can have dinner and dessert without worrying about the flatness of her stomach.

The pressure these women must feel to get back into their size 2 skinny jeans must be enormous. It is easy to wonder, do they get to enjoy being a new mom?

Most of us normal girls spend our twelve weeks of maternity leave obsessing over our new baby and new bodies in the privacy of our own homes.  Not one us feels the need to work out with a personal trainer two hours a day so soon after giving birth. We all want to get our old bodies back, but not in a matter of weeks. It does take nine months to gain all that weight and usually about that much time to lose it.

Another troublesome problem is, in the rush to reveal a star’s condition so early in the pregnancy, the primary reason women delay revealing their expecting, is ignored. The first trimester is the most delicate time. This is when most miscarriages occur. God forbid, a star miscarries.  Miscarriages are emotionally tough enough on a woman; just imagine having to read about it with every major news outlet.

This baby bump game is out of control. We actually stalk celebrities when they become pregnant. We are making fetuses famous.

As celebrity magazines rush to be the first to reveal a star’s pregnancy, we rush to buy their revelations. Indeed, we must realize that we, too, are invading someone’s privacy.