Grammys Turn Pregnancy Into Cool

02.10.09 Expectant singer steals the music awards show on her due date


Hip-hop singer/rapper M.I.A put her full-term baby bump on display while she rocked the Grammys in Los Angeles on Sunday night—which also happened to be her due date, the Los Angeles Times reports. Just another day at the office for this Oscar-nominated artist, showing that entertainers are no exception when it comes to being working mothers.

M.I.A. is best known for her single, "Paper Planes," which was nominated for this year's Record of the Year Grammy. (She lost to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.) She wrote on her MySpace blog that she was determined to perform, so Grammy officials made arrangements to shuttle her out of the Staples Center just in case she went into labor. She was part of the "Rap Pack" performance, which included Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. and Lil' Wayne. (Click here to watch the Grammy performance.)

She even got rave reviews for her red carpet fashion (her onstage outfit, not so much!) One reviewer praised the performer for a fashion risk that paid off—M.I.A. looked like a "rock 'n' roll mother to be instead of a mother of the bride." Some moms-to-be shy away from expressing themselves. Check out our fashion slideshow to help you get in tune with your unique style and don't be afraid to wear it loud.

Back on the work-front, M.I.A is not alone: Most working moms tend to stay on the job longer into their pregnancy. Not to mention returning to work faster than they did 40 years ago.

But M.I.A's performance reminds us that it's better to stay active during pregnancy than to sit on the sidelines. Prenatal exercise is healthy for you and your baby, studies confirm. Here's no-excuses exercise tips to stay active even when you're feeling uncomfortable and as big as a house.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.