And So It Begins… Giuliana Rancic Already Criticized For Working So Close To Baby’s Due Date

rancic surrogateAs a working mother, sometimes you just can’t win. Just ask Giuliana Rancic. The E! News host is not even a mom yet – Rancic and husband Bill Rancic are expecting their first child via surrogate in late August/early September – and yet people are already attacking her for covering off the London Olympics so close to the baby’s due date. And that, my friends, is just not cool.

It all started when Rancic said during an interview on the TODAY show, “The baby is due at the end of August. And so I wrap at the Olympics on August 11th, so we are going to be on standby.” That sounds normal to me. I mean, even if her surrogate did go into early labor, it’s not like Rancic is in some faraway land; it would be easy enough to hop on a (private) plane and be home seven hours later. That said, Rancic is giving herself a nice three-week buffer here. The chances of her actually missing her baby’s birth are slim to none, if we’re being totally honest.

But that’s not even the point. It’s more about the fact that Rancic is being criticized for her decision, so much so that she turned to Twitter to defend herself. As she wrote yesterday:

“Headline that i may miss our baby’s birth is making me laugh! I come home from London Aug 10, how is that first week of September?”

I think it’s sad that Rancic feels the need to defend herself in the first place. It’s just so representative of the fact that everyone has an opinion on how other moms and moms-to-be should be behaving, when really it’s nobody’s business (so long as nobody’s getting hurt). The truth is, had Rancic decided to stay at home and take it easy for the month leading up to the big day, people would have criticized her for giving up on her career altogether in the name of motherhood (which, again, would be totally cool if that’s what she wanted).

On at least one site I visited, people weighed in with some pretty nasty comments:

“I will lose ALL respect for her if she misses the birth of this baby because of the Olympics. After all the drama and crying for a baby, and now she is about to have her prayers answered, but the Olympics come first now? WTF?”

“Oh how nice, the dr has reassured HER! Makes you wonder just how much she really wanted a baby. Does she not understand her life will come 2nd from now on? If not, she doesn’t need to be a mother at all. Let the nanny raise the kid.”

“Wow. Kid better get used to coming in second. Maybe this is why God didn’t want her to get pregnant!”

After everything she’s been through, something tells me Rancic will not be missing the birth of her baby boy. Though if one thing’s for certain, it’s that people need to stop placing so much judgement on other family’s decisions. I mean, aren’t we all getting tired of the Mommy Wars by now?

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    • Sarah

      That is pretty ridiculous. If she were pregnant herself, no one would bat an eyelash if she were working nearly a month before her due date. What is she supposed to do? Sit around her house and wait just in case the surrogate goes into labor prematurely?

    • koolchicken

      I think you’re missing the point. She supposedly wanted this baby so badly you think she wouldn’t risk missing the birth. There’s no crystal ball to predict due date’s, she’s cutting it close. People are upset because she whined for years about wanting a baby, but wouldn’t gain the weight her doctors told her to. Instead she chose to pump herself full of drugs and then we had to listen to the cancer whining. After this kid is born we’ll have to listen to more whining about how it’s so hard to be a working mother. The last one I could understand, but I think we all know she’ll have a nanny. So lets not act as though people are picking on her unfairly, we just don’t want to see or hear her anymore.

      • Spaceey

        “Cancer whining”??? You obviously have no concern for others. Cancer is a very scary, difficult, and emotional thing to deal with. Shame on you! People like you are what is wrong with the world. I think guiliana has done nothing wrong and will be a great mother.

      • jj

        cancer whining? geez–why don’t you go have both your breasts removed and lets see if you whine–what a joke you are!

      • Kay

        The only people who bring cancer on themselves are people who smoke or go to the tanning bed. Some of your criticisms are a bit unfair.
        Let’s leave the cancer out of it.

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    • Alicia

      Anyone stop to think that maybe she’s working so much NOW so that she’ll have that much more time AFTER the baby is born?!? I know that a lot of mothers work right until the birth so they have every second of FMLA time to spend with the baby in their arms. Maybe this is the choice she’s making. And how dare anyone suggest that she doesn’t want this child enough because she’s working several weeks before the baby is due. Babies are born before and after their “due” dates every day. Back off ppl. And while you’re backing off, grow up.

    • bloggerlady

      How is it anyone else’s business what the Rancics do and don’t do? Commenters who post such negative remarks really need to get a life and mind their own business. I can’t think of two better parents-to-be than Julianne and Bill.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aapger Amanda Blaire Apger-Krawetzke

      Disgusting! People shouldn’t be criticizing her! Seriously I worked until the week before my due date! It’s just sad that people feel the need to be such ass holes. As for the jerk face who brought up “whinning” about cancer she didn’t whine at all! She handled it very nicely. How would you feel to have both of your breasts loped off?

    • Marie

      People need to get a life…that’s why this world is so pathetic…everyone is so into someone else’s business….”Do Not Judge, or YOU will be judged” (Matthew 7:1) Mind your own business and let people live their lives their way!!! Best Wishes to Julianne and Bill!

    • DEB

      I CAN’T BELEIVE SOME PEOPLE. THIS WORLD HAS BECOME ONE BIG BITCH FEST. SOME PEOPLE ARE SO MAD ABOUT THEIR OWN LIVES, THAT THEY TAKE IT OUT ON EVERYONE ELSE. I THINK RANCIC IS A VERY STRONG PERSON. SHE HAS TAKEN ON A VERY DIFFICULT DISEASE AND IS TAKING CONTROL OF HER LIFE. WE ALL JUST TRY AND DO THE BEST WE CAN. GET OFF HER BACK!

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    • Kay

      Nope, two years later and she’s busy goofing off with her little friends and working instead of raising her child.

      On the phone with her surrogate to discuss a second baby, she said “we’re on our way to go see the baby right now”. What the HELL? The baby should be WITH you! Even if he was just with a relative or unnecessary nanny, it should be “pick up Duke” not “go see the baby”. She acts like he’s not even hers.

      So sad. A second baby is a bad idea, but she wants a girl. Maybe a second baby will make her reevaluate her priorities. I hope so. I used to think she was so cool but she looks more like a kid playing with a doll once in a while. I really hope things get better for their family.