12 Celebrities Who Were Body-Shamed During Pregnancy (PHOTOS)

Kenrya Rankin | Jan 24, 2016 Celebrity Moms
12 Celebrities Who Were Body-Shamed During Pregnancy (PHOTOS)

As anyone who has ever been pregnant can tell you, growing a tiny human inside your body isn't all rainbows and magic. For every first heartbeat and "OMG, he's waving at me on the ultrasound" moment, there is yet another trip to the bathroom for the mom-to-be and heartburn that would fell a superhero.

So when people -- Twitter trolls, the media, other moms -- think it's their duty to heckle you about how much weight you're gaining, it can feel like the worse kind of heckling. These 12 celebrities felt the full force of that all-too-common body criticism while they were pregnant.

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  • Chrissy Teigen


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    This goregous model and television host hardly ever shies away from sharing her life on Twitter. But after she posted a pic of her new bump and announced her pregnancy, she was blasted with mean girl missives from folks saying she was too big to be carrying just one baby. "Good thing I'm unoffendable, or this would be a rough few months," she tweeted. "No more preg tweeting for me, lesson learned!!"

  • Beyoncé


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    The New York Post recently took it upon itself to fat-shame pretty much every pregnant celeb their ever was. The headline said it all: "These pregnant celebs really took 'eating for two' to heart." Not even the Queen Bey was spared, with the article calling her out for gaining 52 pounds with Blue Ivy.

  • Jaime King


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    The fomer Hart of Dixie star got the opposite treatment. She chronicled her pregnancy online and was frequently told that she needed to "eat a sandwich." "All that matter is that you're taking care of the nutrition for yourself and your child," she said, dismissing haters.

  • Elsa Pataky


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    When the Spanish actress showed up at the 2014 Oscars with her belly clad in a gorgeous Elie Saab gown -- and hubby Chris Hemsworth on her arm -- the last thing she expected was to be attacked. But that's just what the folks on Fashion Police did, saying, "that doesn't look like a baby bump, it looks like a beer belly."

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  • Kim Kardashian West


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    Tabloids follow Kim Kardashian's every move, and when she was pregnant with her second child, Saint, the conversation centered on her weight. "It was the worst!" she said in an interview with Elle. "I couldn't help it, and everyone would say, 'She can't stop eating.' I delivered at 180, and they were like, 'She's 210 pounds. She's getting dumped because she's too fat,' and all these ridiculous stories."

  • Kate Hudson


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    With a title like, "Careful With Those Cookies Kate Hudson! Remember What Happened Last Time?" this article seemed to think it was its duty to warn Hudson about gaining weight during her second pregnancy. The writer even spoke to a so-called friend who spilled that Hudson ate cupcakes for breakfast.

  • Kate Middleton


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    Not even the Duchess of Cambridge is immune to body shaming. Kate, who famously suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum during both of her pregnancies, which causes extreme nausea and vomiting -- was routinely called 'too thin'.

  • Jenny McCarthy


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    The New York Post struck again, saying that the actress "had the mother of all pregnancy bellies, ballooning to 80 pounds" when she was pregnant with her son, Evan. Excuse her for accomodating a human being in her body.

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  • Hayden Panetierre


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    When paparazzi snapped pictures of the eight months pregnant Panetierre, the web went crazy, calling her "giant" and "huge" and judging her for gaining weight while making a person. How dare she!?

  • Jessica Simpson


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    The singer spent both of her pregnancies being skewered by the press for her weight gain. But she stayed strong, telling Redbook: "I wasn't going to let the media take away from what was one of the happiest times in my life."

  • Sarah Stage


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    Model Sarah Stage posted an image of her toned belly at 34 weeks and sparked rude comments and even media wrath, with one outlet saying, "Her pregnant belly looks just like ours after eating a slice of pizza." 

  • Leah Remini


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    Actress Leah Remini was pregnant with her daughter Sofia Bella while starring in the hit show The King of Queens, and her fame made for some harrowing headlines about her 80-pound weight gain. "I don't even blame the papers. They are making money from it. But the people who are buying it?" she told People. Remini had a harder time understanding why fans wanted to read about the number on her scale.

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