Beyonce says pregnancy makes her feel empowered: Did yours?

Beyonce told ET in an interview that her pregnancy makes her feel empowered.

From People.com:

Beyoncé doesn’t just have that pregnancy glow. It’s more like a megawatt luminescence.”

” ‘It’s been great. I feel free. I feel very empowered,” the singer, 30, tells ET Canada of her pregnancy in an interview airing Thursday night.”

My pregnancy made me feel free too – free to eat sausage biscuits and not worry about it. I was free for the first time in 10 years to not worry about the fact that my stomach poked out on a regular basis. (That’s just how it is – not particularly fat just never flat.)

As far as empowered, I actually remember feeling more vulnerable. I used to take MARTA home every Friday night because I would work until 10 or so on deadline with two sections. Michael would pick me up at the Marta station late at night. When I rode late at night after work, I felt like I had a big target on my back and couldn’t run or defend myself if something happened. I hated that feeling.

I think you feel special when you are pregnant, but I don’t think I felt empowered particularly.

How did you feel when you were pregnant?

42 comments Add your comment

No, but then, again...

September 23rd, 2011
1:40 pm

…just what we need, more celebrity worship for comparing our lives – and to to think, you could have been preparing for your class instruction instead of putting this out for “comment”…

And, you next to last paragraph sums up your whole existence – at least we know it is not just about your kids that provokes your paranoia…

Lori

September 23rd, 2011
1:52 pm

No, but then, again…you must be a man. Only a woman would understand the vulnerable feeling that comes with pregnancy (and hormones are to blame for some of it). I’m 8 1/2 months pregnant right now, and I sure couldn’t run if I needed to. Heck, I can barely pick up my keys if I drop them (which unfortunately, due to those pesky hormones, happens a lot).

I don’t feel empowered, I just feel pregnant!! Beyonce must still be in that early phase where the newness of it all is still wonderful. It’s fun when you are the only one who can feel the baby move, because it can’t be felt from the outside yet. But, all that newness wears off toward the end, and she’ll feel just as run down and tired as the rest of us pregnant ladies!

Nostradamus

September 23rd, 2011
2:02 pm

Here’s a prediction. I doubt that this blog will be around in its current form after the new year. If I were TWG, with her life in a new state, and a new job that she apparently loves, I would tell the AJC to stick its blog and the nasty trolls it attracts to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Have I rolled my eyes a few times at the topics? Sure. Have I disagreed with the author’s level of worry over seemingly remote dangers? Certainly. But the level of vitriol that this woman endures in this comment section every day is frankly embarrassing. I know many would disagree, but if you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, you ought not say it in a blog response.

Politeness and courtesy are becoming increasingly scarce commodities in our society. Their absence might eventually be our downfall.

Hey, Nostradamus...

September 23rd, 2011
2:10 pm

…thanks for your comments – now, stick this where the sun don’t shine…carry on…

JOD

September 23rd, 2011
2:14 pm

@Nostradamus – Very nicely said. I hope your prediction is incorrect, though.

I don’t think I would have used the word ‘empowered’ while I was pregnant. Lots of other great things going on, but that’s not something I remember.

Nostradamus

September 23rd, 2011
2:15 pm

Douche Ipsa Loquitur.

mom2alex&max

September 23rd, 2011
2:39 pm

Nostradamus: I know that if I were Theresa I would be using the ban function a whole lot more frequently.

On topic: I did not feel empowered or special or womanly. I felt like CRAP. I hated almost every moment of being pregnant. I was of course, overjoyed with the result. But being pregnant sucked.

But what about...

September 23rd, 2011
2:55 pm

…freedom of speech? That is what Theresa is allowing, unless the person gets nasty or vulgar – just because someone has a difference of opinion about the value of her topics, and chooses to comment on them, that is no reason to ban them… by mom2alex’s way of thinking, Nostradamus should be banned for his most recent use of the term “douche”, even though she was agreeing with his/her original premise…

Thanks, Theresa, for having “thick skin”, and for understanding that journalistic license does come with a fair amount of critics…

Nostradamus

September 23rd, 2011
3:20 pm

But what about….It’s not that disagreement, it’s the attacking un-civil tone. I am not saying they don’t have the right to say what they do, but rather, if I were TWG, I don’t think I would subject myself to it everyday.

As for my douche comment, you’re probably right, but had I heard the comment that spurred it personally, I would have had not problem responding as I did to the person’s face.

jarvis

September 23rd, 2011
3:32 pm

Yes. What about freedom of speech? Is the ajc blog suddenly a government entity?
You should read the 1st Amendment before trying to envoke it.

As I said two days ago, you are stupid.

Jan

September 23rd, 2011
4:01 pm

Empowered??? No. Cranky, pissy, and blunt to the point of inflicting verbal pain??? YES!!! And more than happy to blame hormones to get away with it… My tact and diplomacy completely fell out of my personality with both pregnancies. God have pity on the people unfortunate enough to cross my path, because I sure didn’t.

acts of war

September 23rd, 2011
4:04 pm

It was the birth of my daughter that made me feel vulnerable. I realized that I was a sitting duck if anything happened to her. It took awhile to calm down.

laydeeliberty

September 23rd, 2011
4:12 pm

Out of all the words I’d use to describe how I felt when I was pregnant – Bloated, Tired, Miserable, Immobile, Disgusting, Old – “Empowered” was not one of them

mom2alex&max

September 23rd, 2011
4:30 pm

act of war: my recurring nightmare during those years was that something would happen to me while alone in the house with babies/toddlers/little kids that would render me unconscious. It used to terrify me! Remember in the movie Steel Magnolias when she passed out and the husband came home to find her on the floor and the baby wailing his head off? Ugh..I still can’t watch that scene!

to what about: two things. One, I am not a blog admin, so my opinion of who should get banned or how or when is meaningless. Two, freedom of speech doesn’t apply here for the same reason it doesn’t apply to say you going into the grocery store and start talking about offensive things. You can try, but for sure the manager will kick you out.

smk

September 23rd, 2011
5:13 pm

I’m with mom2 – I was sick every moment of being pregnant both times. Childbirth was the easy part. The easiest way to deal with people who like to spend their time making sure you know how stupid they think you are is to act like they don’t exist. It’s like the “Ignore” function in a Chat Room. You don’t actually have to ban them – just don’t respond.

catlady

September 23rd, 2011
8:19 pm

While I was sick the first 4 months each time (3) I enjoyed being pregnant. I thought I was the most stunning pregnant woman there ever was! I could (had to ) do anything. Part of that was due to circumstances–I was pretty much our sole support. I had a husband who “wasn’t into” working much, helping with the kids, the house, etc. I did not go into labor at school, but I worked up until time and went back to work in MUCH less than 6 weeks (or 4 weeks) so we could eat. The thing I liked the most was I could eat anything I felt like eating, lost weight the whole pregnancies, and had large, healthy babies.

What I didn’t like: I went over by one week, two weeks, 3 weeks, and I had very difficult labors. I also would have liked being home longer (hard to establish milk supply in 16 days), and not having to work so hard when pregnant.

I look back at pictures and I can remember how terrific (and thin) I thought I looked.

catlady

September 23rd, 2011
8:22 pm

I got caught between the washer and dryer when I tried to retrieve something I had dropped with the first pregnancy at 9 months, and I feared I would be out on the hot porch all day till my husband came home. Finally the baby shifted and I got out.

With number 3 I fell in the garden and feared that I would have to lie there until frost killed the cuke vines and someone found me!

catlady

September 23rd, 2011
8:33 pm

BTW, tomorrow is my eldest daughter’s 35th birthday! Happy birthday to her!

Jeff

September 24th, 2011
8:10 am

I don’t believe for a second that beyond really feels that way. Not that she necessarily feels horrible, but it’s the whole over-drama thing just turns me off. She’ll probably go on some talk show in about a year or two and talk about how horrible she actually felt. Kind of like when a celeb is overweight and says she loves her curves and feels comfortable with herself, then 6 months later, she’s doing a weight watchers commercial.

catlady

September 24th, 2011
10:42 am

homeschooler

September 24th, 2011
1:45 pm

I loved being pregnant (the first time). I was on cloud 9 and never sick. I can relate the the “empowered” comment from a standpoint of “wow, I have created a life”, but admit it made me feel physically vulnerable. Of course, I worked up until I had both of my kids and that included going into some pretty rough areas. I never felt like I couldn’t run if I needed to but I would have looked pretty stupid and I didn’t like that. On my second pregnancy, I was never sick, but more tired and just wanted it to be over. We’ll see how Beyonce feels when she’s pregnant and taking care of a two year old.

lisa

September 25th, 2011
2:00 pm

During my pregnancies I felt beautiful and empowered. “I am doing important work here, I am creating a life!”. It puts things in perspective, for me.

itpdude

September 25th, 2011
2:31 pm

Empowered to do what? I guess the celebrity has enough security where she doesn’t feel vulnerable, but for most women, pregnancy means a certain amount of dependence on others now and later. Now because a pregnant woman’s brain is shrinking and her physical abilities are lowered. Later because she’ll be the primary care-giver to the kid and can’t do it all herself, but she is the most responsible.

Empowered? I guess if you’re a millionaire.

Me

September 25th, 2011
3:21 pm

I am currently 9 months pregnant & I look and feel GREAT! Sure it is not easy to get around but pregnancy is a blessing! If you eat for two, you will be big as a house lol!

DB

September 25th, 2011
3:21 pm

Empowered? No, I can’t really say that I felt empowered. Mostly, I felt tired! :-)

irisheyes

September 25th, 2011
3:37 pm

What in the world does she mean by “empowered”? I don’t get the use of that term. I’ve been pregnant four times, and I never really felt empowered. Grateful? Yes. Frightened? Yes. In awe of the miracle happening? Absolutely. But not empowered.

But she’s a celebrity, so I guess she has to use some of those psycho-babble buzz words.

Christina

September 25th, 2011
4:10 pm

I suppose if I had the financial security she does and didn’t have to worry about taking a measly 2 WEEKS off work after I had the baby, I probably would have felt more empowered. Mostly I felt afraid I would lose my job entirely and not be able to feed/clothe/shelter my baby.

ha

September 25th, 2011
5:11 pm

lalalala munch munch munch. Tear Pat’s rug up you buck toothed wonder.

ha

September 25th, 2011
5:12 pm

Don’t forget to motorboat her it makes her crazy.

The original “Me"

September 25th, 2011
5:38 pm

I’m glad the imposter “me” feels great while pregnant. As for “the original Me”, being male, I’ve never experienced pregnancy, at least from the female viewpoint. The emotions I witnessed, however, basically ran the scale from sad, terrified, to happy and beyond. You might even say, at times, she was glowing, to use an old phrase.
On the other note, I don’t always agree with @TWG and some of the topics she chooses – nor do I have to – but I don’t see the point in anyone wasting their time, energy, and effort to respond simply to state such displeasure.

Goldenlady

September 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

I think a more appropriate word should be humbled, if in fact it is used in relation to creating and carrying life. You were chosen and blessed with a gift. This is how I feel about myself, currently at 5 months pregnant, especially after trying to conceive for a year and finally being successful only one cycle before fertility treatments were to start. I also have felt sick to my stomach daily b/c my digestive tract cannot be balanced. I too feel vulnerable; so much about the life inside of you and how your life will ultimately change is out of your control. With the money, trainers, nutritionists, cooks and assistants Beyonce’ must have she is probably very likely feeling empowered with more delegating privileges. But this is not the norm, and I don’t think normally pregnancy makes a woman feel empowered.

JATL

September 25th, 2011
8:17 pm

I felt empowered AFTER my pregnancies. I really did feel like I had leapt a big hurdle or something, and I did feel a sense of empowerment after becoming a mother. It actually kind of surprised me. I did not enjoy being pregnant. I felt awful the entire time with both. I tried to enjoy some of the special feeling of having a giant belly that was supposed to be there, but I was delighted to be done with the pregnancy portion of child rearing! I think my feeling of empowerment after came from the fact that, even though women have had babies forever, I had done that and now I was responsible for these precious little lives and teaching them to be the kind of people I would want them to be. Scary,yes, but also very empowering!

justmy2cents

September 25th, 2011
8:53 pm

Pfft at “empowered”. I felt like a fat cow! Oh wait, I WAS! Vulnerable? That is what concealed carry permits are for; go ahead and come at my hormonal arse while I am packing heat! I hated being pregnant, and morning, noon, and night sickness for 9 months straight was no joy. I am so glad that part of my life is over. Of course, she is rich and has people to do everything she doesn’t want to do, so I guess I would feel “empowered” too. I am rather surprised they didn’t have a surrogate so her figure wouldn’t be marred. Then again….she will just have some lipo & a tummy tuck as soon as she delivers.

Sk8ing Momma

September 25th, 2011
8:55 pm

Empowerment doesn’t come to mind; however, I did feel invincible after having contractions/delivery. After enduring that pain, I felt that I could take on anything! I specifically remember thinking that I could catch a bullet in my teeth ~ LOL! Call me woman…hear me roar! ;)

ha

September 25th, 2011
10:11 pm

motorboat the coochie. BLABLABLABLA VROOOM

Kat

September 25th, 2011
10:30 pm

Goldenlady: “Chosen and blessed with a gift?” Puh-lease. Try – had sex/in-vitro and got pregnant after paying a lot of money to some very smart scientific minds who enabled me to do so.

Val

September 25th, 2011
10:56 pm

My first pregnancy I felt empowered. I felt I could do anything if I could create a human being. It was a wonderful, humbling, exciting time.
I believe that was the entire context of her statement too. Carry life within is an awesome feeling (for those whom don’t have to ride Marta) I am not well off as Beyonce but I too felt blessed and highly favored.

Pk

September 25th, 2011
10:59 pm

When I was pregnant with my first, seven years ago, I walked two miles each way to work in the city (Atlanta) – including past a park filled with drug dealers, prostitutes, and mentally ill (picture a man swinging a stick and ranting wildly). As soon as my belly started showing, I was no longer accosted and asked for money. Rather, the homeless were asking how they could help *me*. Being pregnant in the city showed me a new and very lovely side of human nature and of the people I used to fear. I was an honored member of society, all of a sudden. Yes, I felt very special indeed. And now I’m finally pregnant with my second and that feeling has stuck with me. I do think I feel empowered.

Kathy

September 26th, 2011
6:18 am

Beyonce will change her mind in about 3 months. Ask her then if she feels empowered when she has heartburn, swollen feet, insomnia, hemmoroids( I do not know how to spell that word) and the urge to pee 700 times a day.

yuki

September 26th, 2011
9:03 am

Empowered….give me a break. Only someone with a whole entourage of people to be at her beck and call all hours of the day would say that. And believe me, whoever said wait unitl you are pregnant and have to take care of a two year old, do you really think she won’t have someone helping her? Please….

I’m pregnant right now, and I feel ok. Of course, the bigger you get, the slower you get. It is a miracle and the pain, aggravation, body changes and hormone changes are tough but so worth it in the end….all I have to do is look at my son to appreciate that. But yes, it’s still early for her….let’s see what she is saying around month 9 (or 10)…I bet her little “empowered” will turn into “just get this thing out of me!!!”

GoldenLady

September 27th, 2011
8:25 am

@Kat-If you read clearly, you’ll see that I had sex and got pregnant naturally, w/o the in vitro or any other interventions that were soon to start, which is why yes, I felt chosen and blessed with a gift, that I did not have to endure such.

Alch

September 27th, 2011
12:14 pm

It’s Beyonce….remember she’s not very articulate. I’m still trying to understand what she meant by “empowered”. Whatever that work means to her, I guess there are millions of empowered women on this earth!