Expectant mothers and prolific Instagram celebrities Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen had a double date on Saturday in Santa Monica, California. They were joined by husbands Kanye West and John Legend. The two moms both have on-point style (while pregnant or not!), have faced down body shamers online, and tend to be open and straightforward, so it's a friendship that was bound to happen, and one that I'm pretty excited appears to still be flourishing.
Reality star Kardashian is expecting her second child in the next month, while supermodel Teigen only announced her pregnancy in October. While we couldn't peek in and overhear the dinner chat last night, here's a few things we expect were on the table.
Media Portrayal Of Their Pregnancies
I recently read a Vogue article and Kim and her pregnancy that said it best: "Your belly seems to make you public property, fair game for the touching, questioning, and critiquing. If you're already a public figure, all bets are off — but they shouldn't be."
The media has definitely latched onto Kardashian and Teigen's pregnancies, commenting on the size of their bumps, what they wear, and what they do. Kardashian said media portrayal of her first pregnancy with North West "hurt [her] soul."
Let's not forget: Research shows negative media portrayal can also affect prenatal attachment among expectant readers. It's a bad scene all around, and given how heavily speculated on both Kim and Chrissy have been during their pregnancies, it wouldn't surprise me to catch them venting about it over dinner. (Although, to be fair, they both seem so awesomely above the gossip and the chatter that I can just as easily imagine that they wouldn't deign to even mention it.)
Shaming On Social Media
Expecting a baby often means a barrage of questions and opinions coming from friends and family — Will you breastfeed? How do you feel about attachment parenting? What are you eating? — without facing down the public scrutiny of millions.
Teigen recently fired back at social media commenters who weighed in on her Cap'n Crunch cravings. And it was glorious.
Being Candid About the Lows
You can count on these women to keep it real. Teigen and Legend struggled to get pregnant, eventually conceiving through IVF. When announcing her pregnancy on FABLife, she admitted, "I will say, just two years into being married, the questions just come from all over. It's kind of crazy, because I can't imagine being that nosy to be like, 'So, when are the kids coming?' Because who knows what somebody's going through? Who knows if somebody's struggling to have children?"
Kardashian, as well, has been open not only about her fertility and conception complications, but also about her... mixed feelings about pregnancy. While she loves being a mother, Kim has struggled with a retained placenta, and likens her pregnancy experience to enduring nine months of hell. "I'm not sure why I don't like the experience like others do," she shared on her website. "Maybe it's the swelling, the backaches or just the complete mindf*ck of how your body expands and nothing fits."
Something tells me these women would have a lot to talk about regarding the serious work that goes into making a new life.
And Finally... Push Presents? Push Presents!
If you didn't know what a push present was, you're not alone — but you might be on board with it. Kardashian recently revealed her wishlist for a possible push present (a gift given to a new mom after the birth of a baby) on her website and app. "After nine months of pregnancy, it's a sweet and well-deserved thank you," she wrote, revealing her desire for a Lorraine Schwartz diamond choker.
We'll keep an eye out to see if Kardashian adds any new necklaces to her collection after her baby's birth — and see if Teigen starts dropping any hints for her own push present. Something tells me loyal and loving (and OK, rich) partners like John and Kanye won't let them down.