Posts Tagged ‘ Maternity Photography ’

Can Cute Baby Bump Selfies Send a Critical Health Message?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

In the social media age, baby bump selfies reign as like-bait of the highest order. (Just ask celebrity fans of the format, like Tila Tequila.) It’s also a fun and proud way to document a burgeoning belly from announcement through delivery. (That’s me in the mirror, snapping a selfie ahead of my maternity shoot!)

In a new PSA, the March of Dimes is seizing on the popularity of the bump selfie trend to communicate its message about the importance of carrying pregnancies to full term whenever possible. The 30-second ad shows a slideshow of cute snaps women took of their profiles, from the early stages of barely-there bump to the large-and-in-charge last trimester—and then beyond, with a few shots at the end capturing new babies and moms together.

Meanwhile, a voiceover narrator says, “We understand your pregnancy is a beautiful thing and it gets more beautiful the longer you go. If your pregnancy is healthy, don’t schedule your delivery until 39 weeks. Or wait for labor to begin on its own. Healthy babies are worth the wait.”

The March of Dimes gathered the photos from among those taken by the 87,000 women who have downloaded the group’s CineMama app, which lets moms-to-be create a video diary of their pregnancies (and get health info too). CineMama is part of the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” awareness and education campaign underscoring the value in going to full term whenever not medically necessary to deliver earlier.

The campaign aims to educate women that full-term pregnancy is healthy for baby’s brain development (a baby’s brain at 35 weeks weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh at 39 to 40 weeks, according to the group), and general overall health outcomes.

I’m loving the sweet, personal new PSA—and I learned something from watching it. How about you?

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Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month: Preparing for Labor

Image courtesy of Alesandra Dubin

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Would You Post a Topless Bump Selfie Online Like This Celeb?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Reality star Tila Tequila is four-months pregnant, and she’s hardly been shy about sharing every detail of her pregnancy on social media since making the announcement—an approach pretty much in keeping with the way she’s always behaved.

This week, she posted a topless pregnancy photo to her Facebook page, with the caption: “A pregnant woman’s body is a beautiful thing! You should never be ashamed of such a blessing! I’m just here working in my office on my new website, and my jean shorts busted open since I’m now growing at a rapid rate! Lol!”

Let it be said that Tila’s bump selfie shows hardly more than many other celebs’ every-day paparazzi fare. (Did you catch what Kim Kardashian wore to push a stroller in public yesterday, for instance?)

But I don’t mind saying that “shame” about my pregnant body is not the thing keeping me from posting semi-nude pregnancy pictures to Facebook. Words like discretion, professionalism, humility, maturity, and general common sense come to mind.

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Nude Pregnancy Pictures: Trashy or Classy?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Boudoir PhotographyNude photo shoots aren’t just for Playboy Bunnies anymore! More and more women are baring all while pregnant in boudoir-style photo shoots. And not just celebrities like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mariah Carey (who were all inspired by Demi Moore)—regular pregnant women like you are taking nude pregnancy pictures.

Some take naked pictures to preserve how beautiful pregnancy is. You have that natural “pregnancy glow,” making your skin look fabulous, and oxytocin, the natural feel-good drug, is pumping through you, making you happy 24/7 (even when your body is aching, heaving, or any number of other bad stuff!). Your body, and life, are both going through one of the largest transformations you will ever undertake. Why not capture the moment, and celebrate it?

Others do these risqué shoots to feel sexy at a time when their self-esteems could use a much-needed boost. Yes, even your fattest of jeans are too small right now. Yes, you can’t even reach your shoe strings let alone stand the thought of wearing a G-string (granny panties, anyone?). But, no, that doesn’t mean you aren’t attractive! The proof is in the photographer’s proofs. Embrace your newfound curves, and capture a priceless keepsake for you and your honey.

Or not. While many women are lining up to get their nude pregnancy pictures taken, there are still a lot of ladies who think the whole idea is just plain obscene, or downright embarrassing for their future children—another pic that will end up on Awkward Family Photos, right? And getting all dolled up in between Braxton Hicks contractions and putting on nothing but a smile for the cameras (which supposedly add another 10 pounds) is the last thing on earth you’d want to do when you already don’t feel comfortable in your very-stretched skin.

So the question is: Are nude pregnancy pics cheap and trashy or sweet and classy? And only you can answer that question for yourself.

TELL US: Will you be stripping down for a nude pregnancy photo shoot? Why or why not?

Image of pregnant woman courtesy of Shutterstock.

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