With the countdown to Kate Middleton's birth of a royal heir in full effect, it's got everyone talking about what a small bump she has, and whether that will effect the baby. Keep in mind she has had severe morning sickness.
It's almost like pregnant women just can't win. At nearly 7 months along, in Kate's case, some people think she's not big enough; others feel she is what every pregnant woman should look like, which has lead to the craziness of comparing women's bodies and openly bashing ladies who the world has for some reason deemed "too big" while pregnant (like Kim Kardashian now and Jessica Simpson with her first pregnancy).
This would not be kosher to me if they weren't pregnant, but throw in the hormones, the pregnancy cravings, and possible conditions and complications that lead to weight gain, and it's beyond mean.
Everyone carries pounds differently anyway, but when it comes to pregnancy weight you have no idea how it's going to appear on your body—and where!—until you're actually pregnant. There are the lucky women who maintain their figures with just a small bump the entire pregnancy, others who seem to gain weight all over, and some who are small and then all of a sudden "pop" during the home stretch.
When I was six months pregnant and I thought it was obvious I was pregnant, I was a bit ticked off that no one offered me and my swollen feet a seat on the subway. My close friends, who aren't afraid to be honest with me, told me if they didn't know what I looked like before I basically just looked like I enjoyed more than my fair share of donuts and ice cream (which I incidentally did crave!) rather than being pregnant. It was a mixed reaction from people when they found out how far along I was. I got the "You look great—you're barely showing!" to "Shouldn't you be bigger by now?" But once I really started showing it was immediate and in your face. Overnight, I had swallowed a basketball and the subway seats suddenly were offered to me.
Celebrities, who often have perfect bodies to begin with, can look drastically different while pregnant too. See how these two stars compare to the Duchess of Cambridge, then share photos of yourself while pregnant on the Parents.com Everything Pregnancy Facebook page!
Tell us: Whose bump looks most like yours: The Duchess, Kate Hudson, or Vanessa Lachey?