This Pregnant Celebrity Just Wants to Smoke & Drink


Carla BruniFinally, a pregnant woman who speaks the truth. No endless waxing on about pregnancy being the most magical, amazing experience of her life like some famous women (ahem, Alyssa Milano), but rather Carla Bruni, First Lady of France, says she wants her booze and cigarettes back.

As bluntly as possible, she recently told La Pariseian that being pregnant is driving her crazy:

Frankly, I cannot stand it. I have to stay sitting or lying most of the time, cannot smoke or drink wine. I cannot wait for it to end.

Swap the cigarettes for a cold, lunch meat sandwich, and I was right there with Bruni when I was pregnant. As excited as I was about the babies I was carrying and preparing for them, I also really missed my wine and sandwiches. Nine months is a long time, and besides an occasional sip, I wasn't one to indulge while I was pregnant, so I really missed it. 

But when you mention missing vices, some women get all smug and judgey -- how dare you complain about something so trite when you're given the gift of pregnancy. This commenter at BabyCenter pretty much sums up the sort of ridiculous reaction some offer up:

Oh poor baby. To be so completely burdened by the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. And on top of that, she actually has to make a sacrifice for her child by not drinking or smoking. Wowzers. Some people sure have a tough life…..* rolls eyes *

But pregnancy isn't all one big, warm, fuzzy journey (sorry, it's just not), and it's okay to want things you're not supposed to have. Some would argue it's okay to even have the things you're not "supposed" to have in moderation, but that's another argument for another time.

So I say good for Bruni and her bluntness. Whether they admit it or not, most women likely feel just like she does about something. Maybe it's not alcohol or cigarettes, but there are things we all give up to bear children that we wish we didn't have to, and admitting it doesn't make us bad mothers. It makes us the best kind of mothers -- human.

What did you miss most when you were pregnant?

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Melis... Melissa042807

Y'know what, she's right. Pregnancy sucks sometimes. The fact that I'm going to have a baby is wonderful and awesome and I'm really excited, but the act of being pregnant can really really suck. You can be happy to be having a baby and still not like being pregnant. I'm excited to be having a baby, but right now, I do not like the being pregnant part. I'm on freakin' Zofran so I don't barf up everything I eat. She misses her booze and cigarettes, I just want to EAT. Everyone's got somethin'. 

Mama2... Mama2MonkeyBoys

So....when she has the baby, she's going to start smoking again? Stellar parenting choice.

Torto... Tortoise77

A women who smokes just grosses me out, sorry. As for myself, I couldnt wait to eat sushi. 


Erin1108 Erin1108

I tried for 3 years to get pregnant, and I swore, once I was pregnant, I would take every symptom and sacrifice I had to so my baby would be healthy. Now, I'm in my second trimester, and I have craved sushi since week 4. I haven't indulged, but I think about it all the time! Why is it wrong to say you miss something? Melissa, I'm so sorry that you are so sick! I had to take Zofran my first trimester to eat anything. I hope you feel better soon!

other... other_mother

My pregnancy with my daughter was miserable.  As much as I planned her and was excited for her, I was miserable-- and I wasn't even breaking any addictions to cigarettes and rarely drank prior to pregnancy.  I can only imagine how much that would have compounded the misery.

I love my daughter and if I had to do it over again, I would.  However, it seems perfectly reasonable to me that a woman would not feel all happy and rosy about pregnancy.

Everyone's body is different.  Every woman will react differently to pregnancy and hormones and the out of whack feeling given to us by pregnancy.  It is no reflection on them as a mother.

jpfsmom jpfsmom

Sushi and wine.

Amy Mathis

Sushi! Definitely.  The weird part is- I didn't eat it that much before pregnancy. Now that I am pregnant, I want freakin sushi!!!

Rnae1 Rnae1

I don't think it's a terrible thing at all to say that you miss something while pregnant.  If anything, a public figure saying this so bluntly kind of eases the burden on the rest of a bit, doesn't it?  To be honest, as much as I love my kids (and they were SO worth it!), I hated being pregnant.  I didn't like the attention, I didn't like the nausea, I didn't like the "glow" (which is really just sweat, because I was always so freaking HOT!), I didn't like waddling around like a penguin, or being treated like I was made of glass.  Good for Carla Bruni for being so brave!

Camar... Camarogurl

I love my children to pieces and if I had to do it all over again I would in a heartbeat but pregnancy was miserable for me and I HATED every moment of it .... with my first son I was so sickly I lost 25 lbs during the pregnancy my second sone was not much better although I only lost about 10 lbs that time.  And I craved the weirdest things and when I would eat them I would regret it everytime. my hormones were all over the place I wasn't myself at all .... the only good thing that I have to say about my pregnancies is they ended and at the end was the biggest blessing I could ask for my beautiful boys

Krist... Kristian1

@Melissa I was going to write almost the same thing. I love my baby but pregnancy sucks. I'm on two anti nausea meds. All I want to do is go to my favorite jazz club and knock back long islands

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