Truly a vision, pop star Rihanna announced on Monday that she’s pregnant with her first baby in the most millennial way, with Instagram photos akin to a high-end fashion shoot.
Dressed in ripped jeans and a hot pink Chanel coat unbuttoned to show off her bare baby bump, paired with a Christian Lacroix cross necklace on her stomach, the 33-year-old looked positively beaming as she strolled through the streets of Harlem with partner A$AP Rocky.
I’ve known a few pregnant women over the years, and most have shared the horrors of persistent nausea and vomiting. So I’m a little suspicious in this “dazzling” pregnancy announcement stunt, but she’s definitely a hot mom, and I’m here for it.
Making parenting cool again could really do with a PR campaign. Today’s Australians are in no rush to reproduce, with the number of registered births falling every year since 2018, according to the latest ABS data. Australia’s fertility rate is 1.58 births per woman, down from 1.95 in 2010.
I remember Ford’s TV commercial in the mid-1990s where the advertiser said, “The average young Australian family has 2.3 children. Fast forward to today and I know more childless couples in their thirties than need a big car to accommodate their offspring.
While RiRi’s pregnancy announcement might make motherhood cooler, she still isn’t selling me the baby.
I never really had this desire to be a mom. Well-meaning women have been telling me for years “you’ll change your mind when you’re older”, or “you just haven’t met the right man yet”. Well, I’m getting married on the weekend and I’m only months away from turning 40, and I don’t see my perspective changing anytime soon.
Dating in your mid-30s meant the baby talk was big. I’ve seen many friends in their 20s and 30s get involved in long-term relationships, only to find out months or years later that the other party isn’t interested in having kids.