Being a celebrity and having a baby is "hip" these days, the Associated Press reported recently, with new parents Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes along with the expectant Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt leading the charge of childbearing stars onto periodical covers, television newsmagazine programs and tabloid headlines.

The phenomenon is beginning to rub off ordinary people, who are following their idols in seeking out high-fashion maternity wear, having plaster "belly casts" made, and documenting their pregnancies with series of professional photo sessions.

As one 32-year-old mother told AP, "Before I was pregnant I thought, you just get large and you're not as attractive. But actually it was one of the best times of my life. I loved my pregnant body more than I could ever have imagined."

Belly casts and expensive photo shoots might be a bit over the top for most women, but there's a positive message to be gleaned from these trendy celebrity pregnancies: Being "big and pregnant" is beautiful indeed.

Now if only these celebrities would just as eagerly demonstrate the beauty of stable and monogamous marriages, fashionable modesty in dress and other traditional values.