Meghan Markle isn’t due until spring 2019, but she’s already catching heat from mommy-shamers. Her latest “offense?” Cradling her baby bump too much in public.
Yes, you read that correctly: People on the Internet can’t seem to deal with the fact Markle has been photographed lately with her hands placed over her stomach. Commenters came out in droves on Monday (December 10) during the Duchess of Sussex’s appearance at the Fashion Awards in London. She wore a stunning, one-shoulder black gown and took several photographs with her hands touching the top and bottom of her baby bump.
“If I see one more photo of Meghan Markle cradling that bump I am going to vomit. I swear she and Beyoncé think they are the only women in the world to get pregnant. You are pregnant……WE KNOW,” wrote one person on Twitter. “She should learn from Kate on how to pose regally when pregnant. Both hands discretely under the bump. Not cradling like Demi Moore.,” chimed in another. And the hits keep coming. Check out just a few of the unfair criticisms for yourself, below:
The fact people are policing Markle’s hand placement is ludicrous, to say the least. Not only that, but plenty of mothers actually make a habit of cradling their baby bumps while pregnant. Some science even posits that this is a good thing for unborn children.
Of course, other people jumped to Markle’s defense and essentially told her critics to back off. “What? Why do people (mostly women) get upset about this? Nearly every pregnant woman does it. It’s not harming anyone. She’s happy to be a mom. Cradle those bumps, mamas,” one user wrote on Twitter.
“So I see Meghan Markle is getting shit for cradling her baby bump, some people saying it’s too possessive….The fuck?!? That’s what all pregnant women do!!! Cradle that bump Meggie, cradle it,” tweeted someone else.
Whether the science behind this cradle-bumping has legs or not, I’m pretty sure Meghan Markle knows what’s best for her body and baby. Let her (and her hands) live.