First-babies get all the attention even in the womb. Compare media coverage of two-time Moms-to-be Halle Berry or Jessica Simpson to the fuss over their entry to parenthood. Now that Kim and Kate are off the list, it appears that wall-to-wall bump watching is over.
Some other celeb will get the “is she or isn’t she?” machine fired up again. I’m enjoying the pause while it lasts, yet wasting time wondering exactly who’s newsy enough to generate headlines like, “OMG! She’s pregnant!”
I’m thinking that if big-deal pregnancies take some of the paparazzi heat off never-pregnant stars, I won’t complain so much about the mega-coverage. I don’t know how the paparazzi think, but, why waste time asking Carrie Underwood if she’s ever going to have a child when you can get a zillion-dollar photo of Fergie’s bump and Selena Gomez and Katy Perry rubbing it?
What I know is that asking a grown woman “Are you pregnant yet?” is almost never a good idea. If she’s having trouble conceiving, the last thing she wants is to be reminded of the problem. If she has clear goals that don’t include a baby in the near future (if ever), she just might tell you to mind your own business.
It’s not that I don’t cringe for the woman behind the bump that cameras zoom in on. I can’t imagine such virtual intrusion anymore than I can imagine a stranger daring to touch my swollen belly.
What I can imagine, because I’ve been there several times, is a stranger in my business. My reproductive business. And so, I have a bit more empathy for Khloe Kardashian than for her sisters, and I’m glad when pushy reporters focus on the babies that are already here or on the way.
Friends have shown me that this theory doesn’t always work in real life. I can think of at least one girlfriend whose mother still mutters (out loud) what a shame it is that my friend never had children like her sisters. That’s a greedy GrandMom problem. Media has shown itself to be more fickle.
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