Celebs make bold fashion statements (pregnant or not!) and there's no reason you can't, too. Think Chelsea Clinton's leather leggings, Kerry Washington's bejeweled Prada crop top at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, or pretty much anything Kim Kardashian wore while pregnant with North. There's no hiding your bump after a certain point, so we say, Go the opposite direction: Flaunt it loud and proud!
Apparently, there's nothing like a big belly to bring out a celeb's artistic side. Stars who used their (stretched) skin as a canvas include Mariah Carey, who painted a blue and red butterfly on her belly to signify her boy and girl twins, and Hilary Duff, who painted a present on her belly for Christmas. Tori Spelling let her kids paint on her belly for fun, and model Alessandra Ambrosio turned belly painting into a baby shower activity. As long as the paint doesn't irritate your skin, go for it!
Snooki made a gender reveal video (bonus surprise: She didn't know the sex of her baby, either!); so did Alyssa Milano. Gwen Stefani tweeted a photo of herself wearing a crown with big blue jewels to show the world that she and her husband, Gavin Rossdale, would be having a third boy. If you're finding out the sex of your baby before delivery day, take a cue from these stars and share the news in on social media in a splashy way.
Sure, you could post a topless pregnancy picture on Facebook, à la Tila Tequila. But even more modest mamas-to-be can show off their sexy new shapes with gorgeous bump photos. Exhibit A: the beautiful silhouette-shot that Vanessa Lachey posted on Twitter (taken by hubby Nick!) when she was pregnant with son Camden. Exhibit B: Ciara's sexy pregnancy photo shoot for W magazine.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher reportedly took a babymoon to French Polynesia, and Kate Middleton and Prince William spent some royal R&R time on the island of Mustique. Mere commoners might need to vacay a little closer to home, but the real point of any babymoon is to spend some quality time with your significant other before the crazy whirlwind experience of parenting begins.
Speaking of quality time with your S.O., we suggest taking a hint from Jessica Simpson, who, while pregnant with daughter Maxwell, told Ryan Seacrest: "I am definitely feeling intimate. I'm kind of unstoppable right now. The Big O is, like, the biggest O ever!"
No, we're not suggesting you eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's every night. And that whole "eating for two" thing isn't really accurate. But plenty of celebs indulge their (sometimes crazy, sometimes ridiculously healthy) pregnancy cravings. So whether you're in the mood for jalapeño peppers (as Ginnifer Goodwin was), strawberries (Snooki's craving), or sauerkraut (Mila's), we say go for it (within reason, of course)!
What, you don't think working out is fun? We get it -- sometimes a preggo isn't up for anything more active than a nap on the couch. But we promise: Prenatal workouts are good for you and your baby, and there are plenty of fit celeb mamas out there to inspire you. Just look at the pics of Kelly Rowland's fit bump in the gym and doing prenatal yoga. Now, get off the couch, Mama!
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