Pregnancy Confessions From 7 of Our Favorite Celebrity Moms
So often, celebrities come across as supernatural beings, never failing to appear polished and put together—even during pregnancy. The flawless image is so ubiquitous, we have to wonder: Don’t they ever deal with cravings and weight gain like the rest of us? Do they worry about puke in their hair and daylong labor? And where do they turn for help? Fortunately for our mental health, celeb moms like Cindy Crawford, Kate Hudson, and more have opened up about their experiences over the years, and it hasn’t been all glitz and glam squads. So after coming out on the other side, these successful mothers and businesswomen have some comforting perspectives to lend us—here are our favorite words of celebrity pregnancy wisdom.
During her second pregnancy, Liv Tyler found herself to be a better mom to her firstborn, Milo. In an interview with Town & Country, the actress explained, “The most fun thing about being pregnant again is having those mom hormones flowing around. You’re more present in your body, and it’s making me a better mother for Milo. You become more like a child. When you’re tired you have to sleep immediately.”
In 1999, Cindy Crawford gave birth to a boy named Presley, her first child with Randy Gerber. It wasn’t always a breeze in the realm of food, as she told FitPregnancy.com: “I got morning sickness bad. For a while, pizza was the only thing that made me feel good. And fish grossed me out. I couldn’t walk by the tuna cans in the grocery store. Fear of fish. Yeah.” But when she was pregnant with daughter Kaia in 2001, Crawford had other concerns: “This time I am also carrying a little lower, so there’s more pressure on my back. I bought one of those pregnancy belts, and that does help. But they could make ’em a little more stylish!”
Olivia Wilde and fiancé Jason Sudeikis are currently expecting their second child, but before welcoming their first, Otis, in 2014, Wilde described the whole experience as magical: “Pregnancy brings you into this sort of commune—you feel connected to women in a way that you never have,” the actress told Lucky. Pregnancy also connects you and your baby, she told the magazine: “He’s moving around in there and no one else can tell—it’s a little secret friendship.”
When Jennifer Garner was pregnant with her third child, Samuel, she had some not necessarily doctor-recommended cravings, but the actress made an interesting point to USA Today: “While I’m very good about caffeine, I am also not afraid once or twice a pregnancy to have a half-caf latte. Today is one of those days. Find ways to be as comfortable as possible, and just go with it. It’s not an illness, being pregnant.”
Unfortunately, weight gain is inevitable, and no expecting mother can run away from it. But leave it to stars like Jaime King to give us a positive outlook on the situation. The mom to James and Leo Newman told Parents, “If you don’t accept yourself and your body, no one else will. But every woman’s body is different, and you don’t know what’s going to happen to yours. One friend of mine gained 55 pounds when she was pregnant, while my sister gained 30. All that matters is that you’re taking care of the nutrition for yourself and your child. So don’t let other people get you down, and don’t put other women down either.”
Kate Hudson also understands the stressors of weight fluctuation during pregnancy. The mother of two boys, Ryder and Bingham, told Yahoo Lifestyle, “Some women have that metabolism where you’re like, ‘Wow, you didn’t even gain any weight being pregnant.’ Well, that’s not me, and a lot of women probably relate to that. I gained 70 pounds. I’d lose, like, 10 pounds and then I’d plateau at 150 and I’d stay there forever. It was really discouraging. You don’t change anything; you just have to push through it. That’s the hardest part.”
Jennifer Lopez understands that not every woman with child is looking for advice, though she hasn’t shied away from sharing some suggested reading. The mother of twins Emme and Max told OK! Magazine, “Everybody gives you a lot of advice when you are pregnant, which I find a tiny bit annoying, so I’m not going to give any. But I did read What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. You can go day-by-day with that. It’s awesome.”
Now check out these great reads to help you along the way!