I think it’s safe to say that the word “empowered” is officially overused in our cultural lexicon. Many of us claim empowerment after doing anything from trying a new topping on our frozen yogurt to upgrading the trendiness of our sunglasses.

Now, don’t get me wrong; I think that empowerment is great, and I’m not begrudging anyone their feelings. I myself have been known to feel empowered over little things — like buying a new lamp, for example.

So with that in mind, I’ll simply point out that Beyoncé feels empowered by her pregnancy. The singer made the statement during an interview with ET Canada: “It’s been great. I feel free. I feel very empowered,” she said.

It does strike me as an odd thing to feel about being pregnant — after all, you’re not really harnessing any power or influence that you didn’t already biologically possess, and it’s not like you’ve done something even remotely out of the ordinary. Still, I’m sure that being pregnant is scary, and makes you feel all kinds of different things, and so to each her own.

For those of you who have bred, did you feel empowered by your pregnancy?