I’m Booked: Keke Wyatt, MIA & 10 Other Pregnant Stars Who Worked Until They Popped
When you have bills to pay and moves to make, one baby don’t stop no show.
Whether they’re exercising intensely or putting on a performance at an event, the following stars worked (and are working) right up until their due date. Take for example singer Keke Wyatt. She might be near the end of her pregnancy, but she’s still showing off her bump and showcasing a formidable vocal prowess in her third trimester. Check her out:
Countless other stars have hidden behind TV props or tried to make it work on stage at eight or nine months pregnant. Here are just a few who made it business as usual even though they were ready to pop.
As Serena told UK publication The Telegraph, she plans to make a tennis comeback in January, so she’s training up until it’s time to give birth.
“I intend to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant,” she said. “I want to [sic] baby to be healthy and for that you need a healthy life. Also, when I come back to tennis it’ll be better if I’ve kept as fit as possible all the way through the pregnancy rather than having to lose a lot of weight afterwards in order to get fit again. Eating healthily is a must, but being healthy is a lifestyle.”
Eight months pregnant, singer Neneh Cherry didn’t let that stop her from performing “Buffalo Stance” on Top of the Pops in 1988, and performing with all of the energy.
The gospel singer told EBONY in 2001 that she performed right up until she gave birth to her daughter Taylor. Adams worked through the fall and winter and gave birth in January. She said exercising throughout her pregnancy gave her the extra boost to keep going. “I had an easy pregnancy, a quick delivery and not much pain in labor. It was awesome. I definitely contribute that to exercise, eating right and all the things I did before pregnancy.”
The artist shocked everyone when she performed “Swagga Like Us” with Kanye West, Jay Z, T.I. and Lil Wayne at the Grammys while not only nine months pregnant, but on her actual due date. At the time she couldn’t tell if anything was signaling that she might be ready to go to the hospital because it was her first pregnancy.
“So far, so good,” she told MTV on the Grammy red carpet before the show. “I just don’t know what labor is. It’s my first baby. So I’m not walking around going, ‘Maybe this is it.’ The baby is just moving around, getting his swagga on.”
While around eight months pregnant, the singer playfully showed off her baby bump in her video for “The One.”
She may not have been on stage performing, but Ciara sure put on a performance when she paid homage to Whitney Houston by dancing around her house to “I’m Every Woman” while heavily pregnant — choreography and all.
Ci Ci took a note from Houston, who not only did the “I’m Every Woman” video while near the end of her pregnancy with Bobbi Kristina Brown, but also did a good chunk of The Bodyguard press tour heavily pregnant.
The fitness guru exercised until she just couldn’t exercise anymore. Forty weeks pregnant, pretty much due at any date, Massy Arias was still going hard in the gym, one-legged moves on Bosu balls, push-ups, burpees and all.
Not only was Lopez performing pretty hardcore while pregnant, but she was also walking red carpets and attending events during the end of her third trimester, bump big, nose spreading in an adorable way.
A month before welcoming her sixth child, 36-year-old Lauryn Hill was on stage performing, clearly heavily pregnant when she announced that she was preparing to take time off to give birth. A couple of months before she dropped clues about the future news.
“I keep having these children. I don’t know if I’m the most fertile woman in America,” she said. “I’ve got five big children, you believe that? If you ask anybody I went to high school with, they’d be like puzzled. Wait till you hear the big secret though.”
A month before giving birth to son David, Jennifer Hudson sang “Will You Be There” at Michael Jackson’s memorial and looked ready to pop at the event.