Bride furious after bridesmaid 'deliberately' steals limelight by holding pregnant bump in photos

Pregnant woman holding baby bump
The bride says the woman treated the wedding pictures like a "maternity shoot". Photo credit: Getty.

A US bride has slammed her former friend online, saying she "deliberately" stole the limelight in wedding photos by cradling her seven-month baby bump.

Venting her frustration, the anonymous woman turned to popular Reddit thread 'Am I the A**hole?' to explain the situation.

"I got married three weeks ago and one of my bridesmaids is about seven months pregnant," the bride wrote.

"[Her] belly was easily accommodated into the dress style because it had quite a flowy skirt with a fitted bust."

But it was during the wedding photos between the ceremony and reception the bride says the problem arose.

"In one of the first photos, I noticed Kate was deliberately holding her belly so it was really obvious in the fabric of her dress (think basically every maternity shoot photo ever taken)," she claimed.

"I asked her to stop holding her hands to show off her belly and to just pose like everyone else. I had to remind her a few more times before we'd finished taking the wedding party photos."

The bride wrote she was annoyed as they "paid a lot of money for a wedding photo shoot, not maternity pictures".

However, it then appeared the bride wasn't the only irritated party.

After not hearing from the pregnant bridesmaid for several days, the bride says a friend told her "Kate is pissed because you were 'trying to make her look fat, not pregnant' during the photos."

"I don't know, am I the asshole?" the bride asked Reddit.

The post has attracted over 500 comments, with some showing sympathy for the pregnant bridesmaid, and others saying she was out of line.

"Those are your wedding photos, and there is absolutely no reason someone should be deliberately showing off their 'baby bump' to take away from the bride in a photo," one person wrote. 

"If she didn't feel comfortable in the dress, she could have opted out of being in the wedding. But making the photo shoot about herself and demonstrating her pregnant belly is not acceptable in a wedding photo."

However, others disagreed.

"As someone who was very recently pregnant, I can tell you I posed with my hand on my bump in every picture I took," one person wrote.

"I put my hand in my bump when I went out in public. Because it sucks being giant, and yes, you want people to know you are pregnant and not just huge."

"I agree that if you needed everyone to do the same pose, she should have followed suit; but don't assume that she was trying to make it all about her. She was probably just trying to make it through the photoshoot without crying," another argued.

One person had a simpler take.

"Honestly can't imagine being that insecure you think a pregnant belly is going to steal your thunder. YOU DA BRIDE JUST STOP."

It's not the first friendship ending stoush between bride and bridesmaid, and probably won't be the last.

Last year, an Australian woman claimed she purposefully fed her sisters weight-gaining smoothies in the lead-up to her wedding. 

Another US woman was unceremoniously sacked as a bridesmaid via email - and asked to mail her wedding outfit to her replacement.