Baby bumps on parade! This past summer, several major bold-faced names -- with Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton leading the pack -- were pregnant with child. In a recent interview, Simpson, 33, tells Us Weekly exclusively that she truly empathized with what first-time mom Kardashian, 32, was going through when the media criticized the reality star's weight gain.
"I felt for Kim -- I knew exactly what she was going through," Simpson said. The Fashion Star mentor was often ridiculed for her own growing curves when she pregnant with daughter Maxwell, 15 months. "I send a lot of love her way, and I know she'll come back with a bang."
"I will never understand why people give pregnant women such a hard time," she continued. "We are creating a human life: I think we get every excuse in the world to eat a doughnut!"
And Simpson definitely wasn't the only celebrity to jump to Kardashian's defense. In May, the reality star's younger sister Khloe wrote a heartfelt note on her blog, calling body critics "true scum."
"I find it disturbing that society loves to critique a woman's shape," Khloe wrote at the time. "That is low in and of itself, but I cannot tolerate one more vicious attack on my sister!"
In her interview with Us, Simpson also touched upon another major summer pregnancy -- a royal one, at that!
"Kate Middleton was glowing throughout her pregnancy," she said. "A lot of pregnant moms were looking at her like, 'How do you do that?!'"
"I am definitely one of those pregnant women who just gains a lot of weight," she continued. "I have really big boobs, I have my curves and I just gain weight. I can't help it. …It's been six weeks since I've had my baby now, and I feel great. …It's okay to gain weight, and it will always come off."
Middleton, 31, stepped out in Anglesey, Wales, on Monday, Aug. 26, just over a month after giving birth to son Prince George. And, enviably, the Duchess of Cambridge has "hardly done anything" to lose the baby weight.
"She's not dieting," a Middleton family source told Us. "After giving birth, she did continue with her yoga."