Photos of first lady Melania Trump wearing a form-fitting blue dress have sparked online rumors that she might be pregnant.
On June 19, photos of her wearing a $1,695 blue dress from the Michael Kors Collection Pre-Fall 2017 lineup were published on The Inquisitr's website.
The occasion was a White House visit by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife, Lorena Castillo Garcia de Varela.
The dress seems to be the catalyst which caused Google searches for the phrase "Melania Trump belly" to increase more than 4,000 percent, according Google Trends statistics cited by The Inquisitr.
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The search phrase "Is Melania Trump pregnant?" increased 1,000 percent, and "Melania Trump blue dress" went up 750 percent, as did "Melania pregnant now."
The 47-year-old first lady would not be the first celebrity to give birth at such an age. Singer Gwen Stefani gave birth at age 44, actress Susan Sarandon at 45, and actress Gina Davis had twins at 48, observes Parenting.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, births by women between the ages of 50 and 54 increased by more than 165 percent from 2000 to 2013, reports Business Insider. The government agency also notes that a total of 677 U.S. women over the age of 50 gave birth in 2013, compared to just 144 in 1997.
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The rise in fertility treatments and therapies has likely been a factor those statistics, the CDC notes, though it is unknown what percentage of women over 50 who gave birth used fertility treatments.
In addition to the pregnancy rumors swirling around the first lady, The Inquisitr reports that the phrase "Melania boyfriend" is also on the rise, according to Twitter’s search engine.
Online rumors concerning potential marital troubles between the first lady and the president are nothing new.
On May 21, self-described "former Clinton staffer" Claude Taylor tweeted: "I was just told by [a mainstream media] member that Donald and Melania's divorce papers were signed prior to election and settlement agreed to. Then he won."
"A reporter well known to many said this to me," explained Taylor, in response to skeptical Twitter users who questioned his source of information. "My source is a well known reporter. Not household name level -- but established and respected by peers."
Taylor's tweet went viral on Twitter, with more than 7,000 likes and nearly 4,000 retweets.
The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, responded to the allegation by saying "obviously that is absolutely false," as reported by The Inquisitr.
Another viral set of tweets, posted by a popular blogger who has said she wants the president's "whole wretched family out of power," alleged that Melania is having an affair, reports The Inquisitr:
But here it is: word is, for many years, Melania’s been having an affair with the head of security at Tiffany’s in the Trump Tower lobby…with DT’s knowledge. They had an agreement (written, I think) that if DT lost the election, they’d get divorced. But then he won. So they had to renegotiate the agreement. She is imprisoned in that marriage for as long as he’s president. Again: this is kind of obvious already to anyone with eyes. Melania looks miserable. But this would be a broader illustration of why. Also it’s why she doesn’t leave New York.