20 Celebs Who Got Real About How Hard Pregnancy + Childbirth Really Are

Being pregnant is hard. No matter what a person says, it is no walk in the park. There are some good things about it though. One being able to feel the baby grow and move, and having a genuine excuse as to being able to overeat a little bit. Some would agree though, there are more cons than pros. While pregnant, a woman’s hormones are all over the place. Who would have thought growing a baby would cause so many inconveniences for the mamma?

Celebrities, on the other hand, have the habit of glorifying pregnancy. They always look stunning, dressing nice with high heels, and just all-around looking like they don't experience any of the pregnancy cons that regular women do. Then, they are quickly back to normal as soon as they give birth, issuing a statement as to what a piece of cake childbirth turned out to be.

They may be rich, but there is no money in the world that can help them avoid the lovely joys women get to experience while pregnant.

Fortunately, there are some celebrities out there who don’t like to sugarcoat things and are completely honest with how childbirth and pregnancy really is, right down to all the nitty-gritty details. Here are 20 female celebrities who did not sugarcoat their pregnancies and childbirth experiences.

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20 Blake Lively: Being Pregnant During Summer Shouldn't Be Allowed


It is common sense that pregnancy is uncomfortable, but add some 100-degree weather on top of that and oh boy! Blake Lively found that out the hard way.

According to Cafe Mom, it was during the middle of summer that Blake lively was heavily pregnant and about to pop. During an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Blake had this to say about being pregnant during summer,

“[Being pregnant shouldn't be allowed] in New York in July. I’m going to make my water break just to cool down. Everybody says, ‘how are you feeling?’ but they don’t really want to hear how you’re feeling. They don’t want you to complain. Ugh, why do they even ask??”

19 Kim Kardashian Did Not Enjoy Being Pregnant


Fans of Kim Kardashian know that when it came to having kids, Kim wanted nothing more than to be a mommy. When she finally became pregnant though, she learned real quick that it's not all sunshine and rainbows.

According to Cafe Mom, Kim posted a picture of her feet to showcase just how much water she was retaining as straps of her heels were evidently digging into her feet. She captioned the photo:

“I just don’t think pregnancy and me really agree with each other. I’m really not complaining, I’m just being honest and being honest about it. I [dislike] it.

"You know pregnancy is not for me…You know I’ve heard stories forever about how amazing pregnancy is from my mom and Kourtney, and that’s just not the case for me, and I’m not going to sit her and lie and act like it’s the most blissful experience. It’s [unpleasant],” she also added.

18 Olivia Wilde Proved Baby Brain Is A Real Thing


Most women know that after giving birth, there is a little thing called mommy brain that happens. Yes, it is a real thing, and yes it can happen. The more children a woman has, the more advanced it becomes.

Women become forgetful, scatterbrained, and they may even stutter while talking!

Well, pregnant woman can also develop baby brain, which is something Olivia Wilde learned firsthand about. According to Cafe Mom, the pregnant mom tweeter,

“Baby brain is real. I should not be permitted to operate heavy equipment, including iPhones.”

17 Kristen Bell Just Couldn't Connect With Her Unborn Baby


Pregnancy has its many ups and downs, but one thing that could never bring it down is the feeling a mother gets when her baby moves inside of her. From the start of conception, women start to bond with the babies they're housing.

Unfortunately for Kristen Bell though, that did not happen. According to Cafe Mom, the mother-of-two opened up during an interview with Flare magazine, saying, “I kept saying to Dax in all sincerity during my pregnancy, ‘I just don’t know how I’m going to like you as much as I like the dogs.’ I was being serious, because I love my dogs; they are my children. I love people the more I know them, and I didn’t know her. It could’ve been a water bottle in my belly, that’s about how connected I felt to her during my pregnancy.

"But within about 24 hours after she came out, my hormones reset, and they reprogrammed my feelings about her,” she also added.

16 Kelly Clarkson Thought It Was The Least Pleasant Experience Of Her Life


One bad part about being pregnant is the morning sickness. Just because it’s called morning sickness, does not mean a woman will only have it in the morning, in fact, they really need to rename it all together. There are many women who have it all during their pregnancy. Then there is Kelly Clarkson.

According to Cafe Mom, Kelly Clarkson had it rough. Not only did she start off her journey to motherhood with morning sickness, but it was a lot more serious than normal. She opened up to Closer about the whole experience:

“Even though I want another baby, I don’t want to be pregnant again. It was the [the most difficult] experience of my life. I didn’t feel attractive, either. You hear people talking about a pregnancy glow, but I had no glow!”

15 Christina Applegate Was Upset That Pregnancy Wasn't As Glorious As Some Say It Is


There are a lot of women out there who are lucky enough to have the best pregnancy experience ever and boy do they like to talk about it, which is why pregnancy is glorified as often as it is. Christina Applegate learned really quick that it isn’t as glorified as women say. According to Cafe Mom, Christina admitted on Lopez Tonight:

“I love making a person…but it’s hard. They don’t tell you everything. ‘It’s a miracle of life, you feel like a flower the whole time.’ It’s, all a lie. You feel [big] and are just exhausted all the time.”

14 Miranda Kerr Thought She Wasn't Going To Make It


When it comes to childbirth, it is not news that it is painful. In fact, according to reports, childbirth is the second painful experience in the world. Miranda Kerr truly learned how painful it was when she went into labor with her son Flynn. According to Cafe Mom, Miranda told InStyle Australia:

“I actually didn’t think I was going to make it. I was looking down on myself – the pain was so intense. I kept thinking, ‘How do women do this?’ But if other women have this, I can do it too. I was determined.”

13 Chrissy Teigen Learned That There Is No Fighting The Inevitable


When it comes to pregnancy, the cravings are real. Some are normal, bbq chicken, salt & vinegar potato chips, dill pickles, and some are weird, such as the cravings for soap or cleaning products that some women experience.

Chrissy Teigen learned when she was pregnant that when it comes to cravings, there is no use trying to resist them. It is basically like going against the inevitable.

According to Cafe Mom, Chrissy had this to say during a tweet while pregnant with her daughter Luna: "I have come to realize that at some point in the day, I will order and [eat] a pizza, so it might as well be in the morning.”

12 Kate Winslet Covered Up The Birth Of Her Third Child


When it comes to childbirth, there is a lot of pressure for a woman to be like the women in the old days who gave birth naturally. This is not always possible though. Kate Winslet found this out quickly when she gave birth to her daughter Mia.

According to Cafe Mom, Kate opened up to Gotham magazine about what really happened during the birth of her first daughter Mia. "I've never talked about this. I've actually gone to great pains to cover it up, but Mia was an emergency C-section."

"I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely [upset] by the fact that I hadn't given birth, she explained."

"I felt like [I didn't do it right]. My whole life, I'd been told I had great childbearing hips. There's this thing amongst women in the world that if you can handle childbirth, you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth, and I felt like in some way that I couldn't join that 'powerful women's club.'"

11 Amy Poehler Was An Emotional Mess


What pregnancy does to a woman’s hormones is no joke. Hormones can really play with their emotions and make them go through some serious mood swings.

Even Amy Poehler, one of the funniest women on the planet, couldn’t hold back the tears and was just an all-around weepy ball of emotions while pregnant.

According to Cafe Mom, Amy opened up about how she was while pregnant with her son Archie: “Oh, my God, I’m crying at everything lately. I’m watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition and I am crying so hard. I’m crying at everything. The wind will blow a branch and I’m like, aw, nature.”

10 Zooey Deschanel Wasn't A Fan Of Giving Up Coffee


When a woman becomes pregnant, there are a lot of things she has to give up that isn't the best for the baby. Sushi, coffee and deli meats are just some of the top things, but there are more. Zooey Deschanel didn’t take the loss of her favorites very well.

According to Cafe Mom, while pregnant with her second child, Zooey came clean on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show about how she had trouble with the loss of caffeine: "You can't eat so many things when you're pregnant! If I was vegan, I'd just be like ... ohhh. You can't have sushi. You can't have cheese that tastes good.

"You can have a little bit of coffee, but I would have, like, four cups a day. And now I can have a half cup, which is a joke! It's a total joke!"

9 Megan Fox Changed Her Mind After The First Contraction


Here is another prime example of a woman who wants to give birth naturally. Unfortunately for Megan Fox, it just did not happen for her.

According to Cafe Mom, Megan Fox was all down for giving birth to her oldest son Noah without any pain-relieving help. Things changed though the minute that first contraction started:

“I was screaming for an epidural while Brian was driving me to the hospital because my water broke on its own. It was level orange alert pain. It hurt so bad. It was so intense, and I thought I was going to be really tough and make it. I was going to tough it out and labor to like 8 cm…but the first contraction that I got was [eye-opening]!”

8 Zoe Saldana Had A Hard Time Recovering


There are some women who are lucky enough to bounce right back to their normal bodies once they deliver their child. Then, there are others who might take a while to get where they want to be with their appearances.

Zoe Saldana, mother-of-twins, was one of those moms who had a particularly rough time finding herself again. According to Cafe Mom, Zoe posted about her experience online saying,

“In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of [confusion] through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had the experience. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets [went down].”

7 Adele Grew A Beard


Every woman is different when it comes to pregnancy. Some go through nine months with ease, while others get to enjoy the joys that pregnancy does on a woman’s body.

Unfortunately for Adele, she got to enjoy the lovely experience of increase hair growth while pregnant with her son Angelo.

According to thetalk.cafemom.com, while doing a concert in Scotland, Adele opened up to her fans about her new hair problems: “When I got pregnant, I had so much testosterone in me that I grew a beard. I only cropped it last night. It’s actually true. I’m not telling a joke. I actually have a beard, but I’m proud of it. I call it Larry.”

6 Jessica Simpson Learned The Real Reason Why Pregnant Women Glow

Via: NY Daily News

When a woman becomes pregnant, the one thing she hears a lot of is "Oh, you're glowing.’” Well, Jessica Simpson learned why a woman glows so much. According to Cafe Mom, Jessica admitted to People magazine what she experienced while pregnant with her first child, daughter Maxwell:

“People always say that pregnant women have a glow and I say it’s because you’re sweating more than anything. I think they just tell pregnant women they’re glowing to make them feel good about themselves because everything makes them a little bit emotional.”

5 Khloe Kardashian Didn't Ever Feel Well


Earlier, we learned that Kim Kardashian didn't enjoy being pregnant. Well, she was not the only one out of her family to dislike the experience. It seems that Khloe took that same route as her. While pregnant with her first child, Khloe had difficulties with her progesterone levels. Progesterone is a hormone that helps women to maintain a pregnancy and prevents losing the baby, according to Cafe Mom.

Khloe had to take different supplements to help her maintain healthy levels. Unfortunately, the supplements made her feel ill. She shared, “Literally, I can’t walk. I just feel sick every night. I feel [icky].”

4 Kate Hudson Said It Was A Little Too Much


We all know that gaining a little too much is a common consequence of being pregnant. For most celebrities though, it seems like all their gains go right to their bellies and that’s it. Unfortunately for Kate Hudson though, that was not the case.

“I had this Christmas party and I don’t know what I was thinking. I put on a size 2 spandex Versace dress. I was two weeks away from having Ryder and I must have been 200 lbs. I wore these white Ugg boots and this dress, and I was so happy. I opened the door to the party and was like, ‘Merry Christmas!’

Standing there was Ben Stiller and he was just staring at me, then he burst out laughing while saying, ‘Oh my God, you’re huge!’”

She had fun with it though and gave birth to a healthy baby, which is all that matters.

3 Hayden Panettiere Felt Like An 80-Year-Old Going Down The Stairs


Gaining too much is hard on the body. For little five-foot-tall Hayden Panettiere, gaining the lbs threw her whole world off-balance and made pregnancy very difficult. According to thetalko.com, Hayden said about pregnancy, “I’m still trying to figure out what pregnancy has done to my body, how it’s changed it. What’s temporary and what’s permanent.

I feel like an 80-year-old woman trying to go down the stairs, you know — please tell me this is temporary! But I know some things will never be the same again.”

She also wanted to remind all those less-than-nice writers for the tabloids that like to target famous women who gain too much while pregnant that there is a little human being growing inside of her.

2 Salma Hayek Was Ill For Nine-Months Straight


Salma Hayek wanted to wait until she was satisfied with her professional life before starting a family. But she went through some difficulties once it happened at 41-years-old.

According to thetalko.com, Salma had this to say about her pregnancy experience: “I got gestational diabetes, which I didn’t realize at first. It occurs in women who have high [...] sugar levels during pregnancy. I didn’t know whether I was feeling bad because I was pregnant or whether something was seriously wrong. I was nauseated for nine months, which can be one of the symptoms."

"If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t eat so much fruit at the beginning. I didn’t know that eating fruit that is high in sugar is not recommended when you have gestational diabetes. But you know what? At least I had fruit. In a lot of countries, they don’t have these kinds of choices.”

1 Drew Barrymore Was Worried About Becoming A Mom

Via: Popsugar

For some first-time moms, pregnancy can be the most worrisome experience in the world. They are now in charge of protecting this little child, keeping it safe, well taken care of and raising it to grow up to be someone important later on in life. Drew Barrymore had those same feelings when she became pregnant. According to thetalko.com, she had this to say about her pregnancy:

“You have the highest highs and yet you're facing the biggest [worries] of, ‘How do I keep someone alive?’”

Sources: Cafe Mom and thetalko.com.

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