Magazines, films, society — the media perpetuates this idea that pregnancy is a time in a woman's life when she is glowing, flawless, and the embodiment of life itself. Though some of that is true, the messy, uncomfortable side of pregnancy is rarely talked about outside of hushed conversations between close confidants. Thankfully, the tide is turning and people are realizing there is an entire spectrum on which bringing a child into this world occurs, and not all of it looks like it does in the movies. There are plenty of
celebrity moms who got super real about pregnancy, proving that even the Hollywood elite are subject to swollen ankles and unbearable constipation.
In all actuality, sometimes it takes the recognizable voice of a famous individual to lend validity and bring awareness to certain issues. So, in my opinion, I think it's great and fully welcome all the realness today's celeb moms are bringing to everything from pregnancy and stretch marks to motherhood and post-baby bodies. The more something is talked about, the less taboo it is and the more people there are who feel supported enough to step out and share their own stories. So check out some of these celeb moms who got super real about pregnancy.
1 Chrissy Tiegen
Chrissy Tiegen has a pretty spotless record of always keeping things one hundred. So it's no surprise that she would be unabashedly honest about all the aspects of pregnancy. On Twitter,
Tiegen took on the pregnancy shamers and passive agressive advice-givers where she said, "you better unlock your profile so I can see your perfection." 2 Jessica Alba Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 3 Kim Kardashian West
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and, boy, does this one speak volumes. Since Kim Kardashian West is a working mom, she doesn't always have the luxury of kicking back in pajamas and slippers.
Kim Kardashian West posted a photo of her swollen feet on Instagram, a common experience during pregnancy, and what they looked like after a night of networking. 4 Camilla Alves Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Alves got very candid about the pregnancy struggles she faced carrying her third child. "I had a really tough pregnancy," she told People. "I had all kinds of things happen throughout the whole nine months." Alves went on to elaborate how trusting her instincts proved to be the right move. "I told the doctor right before I went in, ‘Once I’m there just take a look, because I know something is wrong.’ They ended up finding all kinds of things in there that we had to take care of." 6 Jennifer Lopez Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 7 Drew Barrymore Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
There's this unattainable standard (set by God know's who) that women are supposed to gain a speck of weight during their pregnancy and be back in a bikini the day after giving birth. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but, according to
People, Drew Barrymore keeps it real about gaining weight when pregnant. "It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off." Amen, Drew Barrymore, amen. She went on to say, "I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell." The stars truly are just like us. 8 Blake Lively Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
In addition to juggling all of life's responsibilities while pregnant, you're apparently supposed to do it all with a smile, too. On
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Blake Lively talked about the taboo of complaining when pregnant. "Everybody says, 'how are you feeling?' but they don't really want to hear how you're feeling," she said. "They don't want you to complain." I'm pretty sure a lot of women can relate to that sentiment; I know I do. 9 Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi D Dipasupil/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Never one to shy away from the public eye or filter what she says,
Nicole "Snookie" Polizzi said, "pregnancy is disgusting. It's hell," according to an interview she did with TMZ. Not to say that everyone should agree with her viewpoint, but it's refreshing to hear someone be so honest about pregnancy and how it's not always glamorous or cute. 10 Fergie
There may be some expectant mothers who feel completely prepared for motherhood, but I'd argue they're in the minority. On
Good Morning America, Fergie echoed the same fears many moms-to-be have when they find out they're with child. In response to how she felt when she realized she was pregnant, Fergie said, "this s*** got real. I have no idea what I'm doing." 11 Alyssa Milano Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
An advocate for breastfeeding and an all-around badass woman,
Alyssa Milano was honest about pregnancy with E! News. "I don't think it's as romantic as we project it to be through the media." She continued with her take-down of societal pressures, saying, "the female body is not made to look good in a bikini, it's made to give birth." 12 Christina Applegate Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Lopez Tonight, Christina Applegate destroyed a popular pregnancy myth. "You hear that you feel like a flower the whole time, but bulls***, you do not." As if that wasn't honest enough, she got even more real with it. Applegate said during pregnancy, "you feel like a fat a** and are exhausted." 13 Kristen Bell Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 14 Kelly Clarkson
Sometimes you can only get full perspective on a situation after you've been through and had time to reflect. The same applies to pregnancy, for many. According to
Women's Health, Kelly Clarkson said, "[pregnancy] was the worst experience of my life." In addition to being open and honest ahout things, she went on to say, "I didn't feel attractive, either," she said. "You hear people taking about a pregnancy glow, but I had no glow!" Is it finally safe to say that "the glow" is just a myth? 15 Tess Holiday
In perhaps one of the most epic instances of a celeb mom shutting down the haters on
Instagram, model Tess Holiday responded to pregnancy shaming. "I'm part of a small minority that's telling you it's okay to not have a perfect baby bump, or not show at all, to be plus size & have a healthy child."