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Meghan Markle's happily pregnant and like just about every other pregnant woman, she's touching her growing baby bump. Normal, right? Not according to Twitter users, who think that the Duchess of Sussex may be playing it up for the cameras. Today reports that some social media users think that Meghan's doing it too much—and it's veering into performance, not a pregnancy habit. (Related: Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Have Been Helping Each Other Get Through Tough Times)
During her surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards, where Markle presented Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller with an award, Meghan could be seen cradling her stomach. Some saw the appearance as a cute moment—especially since Waight Keller designed Markle's wedding dress and she often wears Givenchy designs to official royal appearances—but others saw it as overkill, especially when photos showed Meghan touching her stomach over and over. (Related: C-Sections Birth Have Almost Doubled In Recent Years—Here's Why That Matters)
"#Meghan Markle holding on to that bump like someone’s about to snatch it," one Twitter user wrote. (Related: Meghan Markle Attended an Event with Three (!) of Prince Harry's Ex-Girlfriends)
It's not a new phenomenon. Many users noted that Markle's been holding her stomach a lot, going way back to the royal tour earlier this year. Meghan and Prince Harry announced the newest addition to the royal family before the escapade.
Meghan Markle must be a massive fan of Demi Moore.. pic.twitter.com/Mmy8HxziE0
— Ella (@Gossip_Ella) December 11, 2018
However, Today adds that cradling the baby is actually a good thing. The medical journal Plos One published findings that stated: "When mothers rubbed their bellies, babies had more arm, head, and mouth movements than when the women did nothing or when they simply spoke to their child." (Related: These "Live" Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Holiday Wax Figures Will Haunt Your Dreams)
Of course, Twitter wasn't all negative. Several users supported Meghan and her affection for her growing bump.
Cradling a baby bump is a natural gesture with women. They can choose to touch, love and cradle. It's also known to ease pressure/pain. The irony between supporting women and tearing them down ... #MeghanMarkle
— Charity (@Vixreida) December 11, 2018
In the supposed era of Body Positivity, there seems to be people who have an issue with Meghan cradling her baby bump. All of the people criticizing Meghan Markle for cradling her bump need to get a LIFE! It’s her body, it is her baby, and she can cradle it as much as she wants. pic.twitter.com/CkypWA31nn
— Style Files (@ZendayaStyleFil) December 11, 2018
This story was originally published on InStyle.com by Christopher Luu.