Cardi B’s Baby News Exposes A Double Standard About Moms And Their Careers We Must Retire

"Think imma lose with my little baby counting on me?"

After performing a medley of "Bodak Yellow" and "Bartier Cardi" on Saturday Night Live, Cardi B took to the stage to sing "Be Careful" and — with the assist of a form-fitting white dress that showed off her adorable baby bump — let the world know she is indeed pregnant.

This was obviously a huge moment for the chart-topping rapper, and a fabulously over-the-top reveal on live television, but it is one that brought congrats as well as critics.

Many people are happy for and sending well wishes to Cardi B and her fiancé, Offset from Migos, while others are using this news as a question whether or not she is making a good decision to have a baby at this time. Some fans fear that Cardi B is putting her career — which includes headlining Coachella, touring with Bruno Mars, and promoting her album Invasion of Privacy — in jeopardy, but she isn't going to let the naysayers get her down.

"This is why i did not wanted [sic] to say nothing. People be so thirsty to scrutinize and try to destroy something that itsuppose [sic] to be a blessing," she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram Story post, explaining the reasoning behind keeping this a secret until now.

Cardi B also took to Twitter — in a tweet that is still live at the time of publication — to let everyone know that she has had people doubt her before and that she is going to be there for her baby no matter what. Here's that tweet:

According to data from the Department of Labor, the percentage of working mothers ranges between 61.4 percent and 74.6 percent, depending on the child's age. Furthermore, a Pew Research study shows that women are more likely to work while pregnant and they're working later into those pregnancies, too. In the pop culture world, we've seen women thrive, not wither, during pregnancy with the likes of Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and numerous others. Who says that just because Cardi B is about to become a mother means that she has to sacrifice her career? And would the same be said about a man who is about to become a new father? There's a real double standard at play here.

Long story short? Nothing — especially a child — will hold Cardi B back from conquering the world. Invasion of Privacy, for example, is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (a feat that would make Cardi B just the fifth female rapper in history to accomplish such a thing). Plus it seems Rihanna is totally chill with it, so get with the program, folks.

(H/T: HelloGiggles)

Cover image: Will Heath / NBC

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