A baby bump is not a vul­gar show of nu­dity

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - OPINION - With Deb­o­rah Cole­man

THE on­line mut­ter­ings of mod­els and in­flu­encers is not some­thing I usu­ally pay too much at­ten­tion to but this week I ad­mired Vogue Wil­liams for hit­ting back at crit­ics who slated her choice of ma­ter­nity at­tire.

Well known for her love of fit­ness, and ath­letic physique, it ap­pears that for some, see­ing a baby bump on show is of­fen­sive.

I can­not be­lieve that some­body would even com­ment on this but that is the on­line world - trolls feel en­ti­tled to pass re­marks on ev­ery as­pect of a per­son’s ap­pear­ance with no re­gard to whether it is rude or not. It takes a strange sort of per­son to be of­fended by a baby bump, and even more strange to fol­low a preg­nant celebrity on so­cial me­dia just to tell her so.

It ap­pears the prob­lem they had was with Wil­liams’s bump be­ing vis­i­ble in her work­out gear. She hit back and said that it is the most com­fort­able for her and that she hasn’t been told what to wear since child­hood.

To most peo­ple, this wouldn’t even reg­is­ter, but for some the sight of a bump un­nerves them, as if it is some vul­gar dis­play of nu­dity.

The same goes for breast­feed­ing. While there is now much more ac­cep­tance for moth­ers nurs­ing in pub­lic, on oc­ca­sion some are still asked to cover up or even leave cer­tain es­tab­lish­ments - which is surely dis­crim­i­na­tion at its worst. It is hard enough for women, cop­ing with preg­nancy, with all the dos and don’t that come with it - un­wanted ad­vice, old wives’ tales, scare­mon­ger­ing and con­stant com­men­tary on the size of your bump.

There can be such neg­a­tiv­ity when it comes to ap­pear­ance and dur­ing preg­nancy, peo­ple feel that your ap­pear­ance is pub­lic prop­erty - es­pe­cially if you are in the pub­lic eye.

A sim­i­lar de­bate was sparked dur­ing the preg­nancy of the ac­tor Aoib­hín Gar­righy who was at­tacked in the most ridicu­lous way for hill­walk­ing while preg­nant.

Surely keep­ing fit and en­joy­ing the great out­doors in a stress-free en­vi­ron­ment is the best thing a woman can do for her­self and her baby, yet those who think they know bet­ter feel jus­ti­fied in giv­ing com­plete strangers a good talk­ing to over how they choose to ex­er­cise.

Busy-bod­ies will al­ways feel en­ti­tled to give their opin­ion but maybe they should think more care­fully be­fore the do so.

For some peo­ple, the sight of a preg­nant woman’s baby bump un­nerves them, as if it is some vul­gar dis­play of nu­dity.

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