This morning, Carrie Johnson was spotted out in Manchester attending Boris’ keynote speech at the Tory Party Conference. The most notable part of her paparazzi pictures? Her baby bump, at least according to social media users.
Wearing the ‘Lola’ dress from sustainable brand Cabbages & Roses, Carrie’s bump is barely visible – a look she has often sported throughout her relatively stealth pregnancy. We say stealth because, it appears everyone kind of forgot she was even pregnant. After being pictured out today, tabloids began running stories about her ‘covering up’ her baby bump – leading to a wave of tweets questioning when she became pregnant.
Now, ‘Is Carrie Symonds pregnant’ is a major search term on Google (Symonds is her maiden name) followed by ‘Carrie Symonds baby’ and ‘Boris Johnson baby’.
Is Carrie Johnson pregnant?
In fact, Carrie and Boris announced they were expecting a second child earlier this year, in July, with Carrie due in December. Around seven months pregnant currently, it appears many social media users either missed the pregnancy announcement altogether or assumed she had already given birth and was somehow, extremely quickly, pregnant again.
Carrie’s pregnancy announcement was notable in July for how incredibly emotional it was. In a post on Instagram, Carrie revealed she suffered a miscarriage at the beginning of the year and was terribly nervous to be pregnant once more.
‘At the beginning of the year, I had a miscarriage which left me heartbroken,’ she said at the time. ‘I feel incredibly blessed to be pregnant again but I've also felt like a bag of nerves. Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like everything is only ever going well. I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too.’
Her raw honestly was commended by many, and makes the reaction to her pregnancy now feel uncomfortable. Regardless of what you think of Boris’s brood, putting out negative or angry sentiments about a woman who has experienced such traumatic loss before is never okay. It’s no wonder Carrie has kept her pregnancy relatively stealth when reactions like this form at the mere sight of her bump.