Bikini belly babies
When the sun is out, do you and baby hide away or come out to play?
By Scott Dunlop
If you glance through the tabloids, it won’t take long before you come across celebrities who are photographed lounging on the beach. The money shot for the paparazzi is the pregnant celeb who’s brave enough to wear a bikini (check out the furore Kim Kardashian stirred up recently with her pregnant bikini belly). The sight of a pregnant belly stirs up all sorts of reactions.
Keep it to yourself!
One reaction to an exposed baby bump is extreme discomfort. It’s as if the mom-to-be is completely naked or an incorrigible exhibitionist. This reaction is similar to that of the anti-public breastfeeding crowd: We don’t care if you’re pregnant, just don’t show US, they seem to say. Those who react rudely may even make unkind comments.
Live and let live
Hey, nothing to see here. Just move on… For a pregnant mom, there can be a real sense of wanting to blend in with the wallpaper. Endless scrutiny can be hard for you, especially now that you’re adjusting to a different shape and size. It takes a bold woman who can wear a bikini and manage to ignore the double takes.
Up close and personal
On the opposite side of the spectrum are the sharers. They don’t just smile and wave, they want to experience your pregnancy, hands on. You may have previously enjoyed your personal space, but a preggy belly seems to have “touch me” tattooed on it, to some people. Even if the baby’s father has yet to feel baby move, these people will insist on grabbing you and giving you a squeeze, and, in a bikini, that can be borderline offensive.
Depending on the time of year, you may not have to deal with the bikini baby bump battle, but even if it’s mid-summer and you’d like nothing more than a dip in a swimming pool, you may feel too exposed to pull on your bikini. And that’s ok. Wear a giant t-shirt or nothing at all (in the privacy of your own home, of course, for the latter!). The point is, your own self-confidence should not be dependent on the opinions of others.
You may even find it liberating to take advantage of your short-term fame: Kim K seems to be happier than ever!
Are you shocked by pregnant women in bikinis?