You think internet commenters can't get any worse, and then they manage to top themselves. Recently, Chrissy Teigen posted a cute and totally innocuous picture of Esti, her youngest child, to Instagram — and at least one commenter took that as an opportunity to accuse Teigen of having faked her pregnancy (and possibly all her pregnancies) and used a surrogate instead.
To be clear, there's nothing wrong with using a surrogate, and people who use surrogates are often unfairly criticised. For example, Priyanka Chopra was accused of "outsourcing" her pregnancy by using a surrogate, and it was even implied that she wouldn't feel maternal attachment to her child because she hadn't carried the baby herself.
How someone chooses to build a family is no one's business but their own. And accusing anyone of "faking" a pregnancy is both bizarre and offensive. Yet this isn't the first time it's happened to a celebrity. When Beyonce was pregnant with her first child, she was accused of wearing a prosthetic stomach — a rumour she later spoke about, saying, "It wasn't hurtful, it was just crazy," according to Billboard.
In Teigen's case, the commenter stated that the author and model had used a "moonbump" to take her pregnancy. And Teigen didn't appear to take the comment all that seriously, reposting a screenshot of it to her Instagram stories with the caption "obsessed with this comment," then posting a picture of her getting her cesarean section, with the text, "Extremely realistic 'moon bump'," according to screenshots posted on Buzzfeed.
Teigen has also spoken publicly about her pregnancies and deliveries, telling People that after two vaginal deliveries, she "was kind of excited" to have a C section with Esti. "I like that I've seen both experiences," Teigen told People.
While the commentary around her c-section seemed to come from one completely off-base commenter (who also claimed to be a "huge fan" of the model), most of the comments on the post were, appropriately, gushing about the cute picture.
But it's always infuriating to see someone make this sort of speculation about another person's body. So it's worth the reminder: other people's pregnancies and birth experiences are no one else's business and not up for debate or questioning — in the comments section of an Instagram post or anywhere else.