Pregnant Bikini Contests Are Not Okay (VIDEO)

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pregnant bikini contestSo, I'm gonna just come right out and say it: I have mixed feelings about this one. Look, I'm all for self-acceptance and having a positive body image no matter what your size or shape, but a pregnant bikini contest? I just don't know if I'm okay with that.

I just don't know.

The Texas-based moms-to-be who lined up to compete in Rod Ryan's 7th Annual Pre-Labor Day Pregnant Bikini Contest were clearly feeling pretty okay about themselves, or okay enough to strip down to string bikinis and do splits onstage (something I wouldn't feel quite right about doing even if I wasn't pregnant, but never mind). And that's great! The pregnant form is nothing to be ashamed of!

So why does this give me the heebie-jeebies??

Is it the "sexy" dancing that bugs me? I definitely don't love the creepy belly-rubbing move that seems to be part of every contestant's repertoire. But "pregnant" and "sexy" aren't mutually exclusive terms, I'm not one of those people. I'm pro-sexy nursing bra, remember?

Maybe it's the fact that these women are strutting their preggers stuff in a tent filled with beer-buzzed pseudo-cowboys. It just doesn't look all that comfortable in there. See, women were required to be due to give birth within three months to be eligible for the contest. Standing for an extended period of time in heels and a swimsuit sounds like third-trimester torture. My garment of choice for the last few months of pregnancy was an old, stretched-out, XXL tee (where that thing came from, I'll never know), which was perfectly suitable attire for my favorite activity at that time, lying on the couch eating ice cream and watching episodes of A Haunting.

I look at these women and I think ... what, they couldn't at least be sitting down? Their ankles must be killing them!

Maybe I'm a closet prude, but I just can't condone this madness.

Would you enter a pregnant bikini contest?

 

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Amy Mathis

Is there a cash prize? Might pay for a lot of diapers...

corri... corrinacs

I would do it LOL.  Hey, its just one time, its not like its thier jobs....but for one day of fun strutting my stuff with my preggo belly, I would (exept I can't see my toes or anything else for that matter that would need a touch-up).  But if you could withstand the bikini wax and have fun doing this.....go for it girls :).  You are still beautiful :)

reiki... reikiharmony

This is disgusting! This isn't about women feeling confident or empowered even though they aren't in their normal, non-pregnant state, it's about feeding the fetish of men who are attracted to pregnant women. Make sure to save the picture of mommy doing splits in her bikini for the baby book.... I'm not a judgmental person at all, but, come on! And to think, I felt semi guilty and less maternal for having a nose ring..........

TC00 TC00

I live here in Houston and if I happen to be pregnant when that contest rolls around again you better believe I'll enter

Marie Wood

reikiharmony, I totally agree with you!

choff... choff2685

I would enter. I always wanted to be the pregnant lady in a bikini! Something my mother said she wished was acceptable when she was pregnant. Pregnant women should feel sexy as much as non pregnant women. I think its a great idea!expecting baby

Kaitlin Visocsky

i think this is great.. many of use go through a pregnancy feeling fat and uncomfortable with the way our bodies look and etc. I think this is a great way to get us preggos out and feel good about ourselves.. i would totally do this no questions and im sure my husband would love to watch me have a great time =)

One-n... One-n-Counting

I'm not into the seductive dancing or doing the splits. BUT To be perfectly Honest I'd have fun pregnant and entering into a bikini contest. It does sound like the real problem with this contest may be self image/jealousy issues... shrugging

Katie Rodriguez-Amblod

i wouldnt do it and yes i am pregnant. i dont think its right for us pregnant women to serve the drunk ass men sorry but it my opinion

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