Can we get an “ughhhhhhhh?” Fans flocked to Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth‘s joint Instagram account on Monday, May 27, to slam Joy, 21, for cradling her baby bump … yes, you read that correctly. The Counting On star shared several sweet snaps standing alongside Carlin Bates on her wedding day, but the haters were quick to throw shade.
“Congratulations to my best friend, Carlin, and her husband, Evan!! Y’all’s wedding was SOOOO gorgeous!” Gideon‘s mama gushed. In response, however, one troll asked, “Should you really try to outshine the bride by showing your baby bump?” WTF, while another fumed, “You and your preg sisters need to stop putting hands on your bellies … it’s not your time to shine, good grief!!” A third, meanwhile, added, “It’s a nice picture but does she have to cradle her baby bump in EVERY picture? Enough already. I’d like to see one picture where she doesn’t.”
That said, Carlin didn’t seem to care one bit. “Aww … Thank you for all you did in making our day perfect! Couldn’t have done it without you! Y’all are the best! Love you bunches!”
During Meghan Markle‘s pregnancy, countless Twitter users labeled the 37-year-old as “annoying” and “such an actress” for holding her bump, while others took it upon themselves to remind the duchess that it was “not going to fall off.” But the practice, known as “cradling,” is actually pretty common among women.
According to Katherine Graves, founder of KG Hypnobirthing, “It’s a positive thing for both mom and baby to touch and reassure baby, which is vital for baby’s bonding and well-being, staving off postnatal depression and facilitating healthy connection for all,” she told the Daily Mail. “It has been shown time and time again that babies recognize what they have experienced in the womb after they are born. If touching her bump does nothing more than help Meghan feel calm, even that will have a profound effect on her baby.”
In other words? Back off, folks, and let Joy LIVE.
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