I know taking a bikini photo period can seem daunting, let alone one when you're pregnant—like really, really pregnant. But I think you should do it, and here's why:
It's a beautiful moment. There's an indescribable intimacy that develops between you and your bump. You have an amazing little being inside of you, and the unconditional love is already there. Much like in those nature videos when you see the mama bird keeping her eggs warm through winter, and prey at bay, that's what a pregnant woman turns into—someone who will take care of her baby at all costs, even before its hatched. And I think that's something to be celebrated.
You're gorgeous, and no one is going to pick a part how you look (including you!). It's true what they say—your skin has a natural glow when you're pregnant. Hormones or not, I think it's your happiness shining through! You walk with a newfound confidence and feel super-feminine. You no longer look at your so-called flaws, because all eyes are on your bump. It's big and it's beautiful!
You can be artistic. Have fun with it! Do a moody black and white shot, a silhouette at sunset, a playful old-school pinup pose. It doesn't have to be something taken too seriously and it doesn't have to be too sexy (unless you want that—you're in control!).
It can be done on the cheap. You don't have to do an elaborate photo shoot with a professional photographer and lighting to capture a great moment. Just a quick, simple shot can do the trick. Some of my favorite photos of myself were taken by my husband on his iPhone, some when I have no makeup on at all.
I regret not taking one, and so I don't want you to have any regrets either! Not to get all Debbie Downer on you, but my dad was really sick when I was pregnant, so I spent a week out of each month going down to Florida to visit him during the last six months of his life—which I would never take back and I'm so glad I was able to do that for him and my mom—but that kept me from going on a babymoon and taking a bikini bump photo.
I remember a girlfriend of mine telling me, "Who cares if you have the vacation, you can still take the photo!" I felt silly just getting into a bikini for no reason to have my husband photograph me, so I never got the shot. Now when I see a gorgeous pregnancy photograph, like Jaime King's, I kick myself every time. Learn from my mistake: Don't be embarrassed, just do it!
TELL US: Will you be doing a bikini bumpie? If you already have, share your tips for getting a great shot!
Image of Jaime King via Instagram.