I Find The Expression ‘Baby Bump’ Irritating – Chimamanda Adichie


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Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie, has said that she finds the word ‘baby bump’ irritating.

Chimamanda noted that pregnancy is a sacred state that a woman ought to be discreet about, adding that this is the reason she did not make it a public matter when she was expecting her child.

Chimamanda said this in a recent interview with UK’s Channel 4 News.

Chimamanda said, “I wanted my pregnancy to be something I shared with the people I love, with the people who know me. There is a kind of pregnancy as a trendy thing that I find very uncomfortable with and I deeply dislike expressions like ‘baby bump’.

“I find it very irritating. It was a very deeply introspective time, thinking about (how) my life is going to change forever and the enormousness of bringing a baby into the world. It was a sacred time for me and I wanted to share it with the people I love.”

“I don’t want her to think it is normal to have her picture in newspapers, because it is not. Just because your mother happens to write and sometimes have her pictures in the newspapers, doesn’t mean you get to,” Chimamanda adds.


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