The world has mixed feelings on bikinis during pregnancy. There doesn’t seem to be much gray area between the camps of “Trailer Park Hooker!” or “YOU GO GURL!”
On her blog, ediTORIal, Tori Spelling displays that she proudly belongs to the latter group, posing in a purple string bikini and a crochet crop vest with her ever-swelling fourth baby bump that has the caption “BUMP PROUD” photoshopped on to it.
She also highlighted some of the comments she received on her earlier bikini-while-pregnant posts, and there are some gems in there like: “Have a little more modestly (sic) when you’re pregnant!!! Geez!!!” and “Ewww. She’s pregnant! Cover that bump up! No one wants to see that!!”
EWWW babies! Pregnancy is like, so totally gross when you’re a 12-year-old at heart, isn’t it? Yuck, biology. The first pic showed Tori poolside in an orange bikini with daughter Stella and her pups. The other showed Tori with a much less visible bump (but serious hourglass curves) in a vintage black crochet monokini walking with husband Dean and daughter Hattie.
Tori counters with a sometimes crazy-sounding blog post, where she talks about setting a good example of self-confidence for her daughters:
“And, as for setting an example as a mother - please. I’m making a conscious choice to show my daughters that they can express themselves and be proud as a woman of their bodies. I don't ever want them to think that they should be ashamed of or self-conscious of their bodies, no matter what shape it's in.”
She also writes “We’re [pregnant women] hard at work baking a baby,” which comes across a little awkwardly, but whatever. Being that Tori battled eating disorders for much of her young life, it’s pretty wonderful to see her being proud of her pregnant self and showing her daughters that she’s not afraid of her body.
It’s amusing that pregnant women are treated like these innocent, virginal creatures when the only way they could have gotten pregnant (for the most part, ie aside from artificial insemination) is by having sex. Unless it bothers you to look at non-waify people, pregnant or no, why should women be expected to dress differently than they did pre-pregnancy once they’re with child?