8 stars who proved that pregnant women can (literally) kick ass
From winning grand slams to shooting battle scenes
Whoever said women are the weaker sex didn’t really take into account the millions of women who get up every morning, get ready to kick ass, all while they’re nurturing a human being inside themselves. Recently, reports revealed that Gal Gadot — who won the world over as Wonder Woman — reshot some of the battle sequences in the action-packed movie while being five months pregnant. Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam Singles title at the Australian Open while she was eight-weeks pregnant.
Working during pregnancy or not is a woman’s prerogative, but these kickass stars prove that nothing slows them down.
Gal Gadot to Beyoncé, these women didn’t let pregnancy slow down their badassery
More than her onstage performance at the 2009 Grammys, M.I.A made news because of her nine-month-pregnant belly that completely overshadowed Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and TI on stage. The singer ditched conventional maternity wear for a see-through Henry Holland number, complete with opaque polka dotted panels. Oh, and the concert just so happened to fall on the Sri Lankan singer's due date.
Announcing her pregnancy via a stunning photoshoot was not enough for Queen Bey, who decided to give the world the gift it didn’t know it needed. Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins, presented her ode to womanhood at the Grammys earlier this year. Dressed head to toe in gold, the Single Ladies singer emulated fertility goddesses from the past and gave a performance that made Adele dedicate her ‘Album of the Year’ win to her. This is not the first time Beyoncé performed while being heavily pregnant. The singer announced her first pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet, and later revealed her baby bump while performing on stage.
Gal Gadot is not actually Wonder Woman, but there were days during filming when it could easily have been the truth. The Israeli actress was five-months pregnant when she did reshoots for the action scenes in the movie. She had to wear a green screen baby bump version of her costume. “On close-up, I looked very much like Wonder Woman,” she told Entertainment Weekly, “On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
Director Patty Jenkins couldn’t stop admiring Gal’s work ethic. “She’s pregnant during part of the movie, in a suit out in a field, in the freezing cold in others,” she said, “There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you’re doing it. Now it’s raining in the freezing cold and you’ve lost your voice, go. Everyday it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it.”
Emily Blunt, mother of two, took it easy while pregnant with her first daughter, but continued shooting for Girl On the Train while she was pregnant with her second. Emily, who had to play a deeply disturbed, alcoholic woman in the movie, was four-months pregnant when she started shooting for the film and hid it from the cast and crew for as long as she could. Emily got away with hiding her pregnancy because of the baggy, shapeless costumes her character wore.
A photo of a heavily pregnant Alysia Montano running in the 800 m race at the US Track and Field championships went viral a couple of years ago. The US Olympian was 34-weeks pregnant, that’s nearly 8 months, while she ran the race, finishing in 2 min 32.13 seconds. Even though she finished last in her heat, the crowd went wild cheering for the five-time national champion. She had consulted her physicians, and was even encouraged by them, before she ran the race.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer invited criticism from around the world when she continued to work throughout her pregnancy and took only two weeks of maternal leave post her delivery citing an uncomplicated pregnancy. It was then reported that she had set up a nursery in her office for her first baby. While the whole world and their cousins opined on Marissa setting a negative precedent for other female employees, especially with the pitiful state of parental leave policies in place for women, Marissa responded by expanding Yahoo’s parental leave to 16 weeks (from 12 weeks) for women and eight weeks for men.
The CEO of YouTube and a mother of five, Susan Wojcicki is one of the most powerful women in tech. She joined Google, back in 1998, as its 16th employee, while she was four months pregnant with her first child. Because there were no policies on parental leaves in the company at that time, Susan continued to work throughout her pregnancy term. Her subsequent pregnancies coincided with some of Google’s biggest milestones, including the acquisition of YouTube. When Susan announced her fifth pregnancy, she also declared that she wouldn’t be taking a long maternity leave. Susan knows that a woman in her position is privileged to make the choice of coming back to work early or not. "When you're a junior level woman and get pregnant, people always ask if you'll quit. but no on asks me that now," she confessed while speaking about the necessity of federally funded parental leaves that would encourage more women to join the workforce.