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Embrace Your Bump

577023_4149858377976_1432465453_nThe day I found out I was pregnant was also the day I developed a love/hate relationship with Google. I was so excited to see images of plus size baby bumps. I couldn’t wait to learn about what my plus size pregnancy journey would be like. Sadly, I couldn’t find a lot of baby belly images via Google and most of the plus size pregnancy info was rather terrifying. I never could’ve foreseen that a year later I would make it my personal mission to normalize plus size pregnancy by starting Plus Size Birth.

Part of my work with Plus Size Birth is encouraging women to photograph and embrace their bump!  “When will I look pregnant?” is one of the most commonly asked questions on the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page. Women often complain of having a B shaped belly rather than a D shaped belly. The truth of the matter is whether your belly is perfectly round or never pops – you are pregnant.

You are growing life within you and your body is amazing! Embrace your bump today!  

The act of taking maternity photos (from the comfort of your living room or with a professional photographer) is part of embracing your bump and pregnancy. If not only for yourself but also for your children who will want to see these images.

If you’re looking for some inspiration you can read this article with tips on how to take a perfect picture, check out a gallery of over 200 plus size bump photos, or stop by the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page where thousands of women will cheer you on! Below you’ll hear from some lovely mamas about their journey to embracing their bump in hopes that you’ll embrace your bump!

My second pregnancy and my last. I was 36 wks with my son!!! He is now 9 weeks and I already miss being pregnant :( but I love this picture of my bump because he was my true surprise baby we were not supposed to be able to get pregnant with out help and it happened... And we were not trying! We tried for 4 years for our daughter and only conceived after the use of meds 2nd time around!!

My second pregnancy and my last. I was 36 wks with my son!!! He is now 9 weeks and I already miss being pregnant :(but I love this picture of my bump because he was my true surprise baby we were not supposed to be able to get pregnant with out help and it happened… And we were not trying! We tried for 4 years for our daughter and only conceived after the use of meds 2nd time around!!

This is me and my husband when I was about 34 weeks pregnant with our beautiful son. I was extremely miserable taking these pictures it was so hot, and I was huge! Looking back I'm so grateful my sister pushed me to take them. I think being pregnant opened my eyes to how amazing my body really is.

This is me and my husband when I was about 34 weeks pregnant with our beautiful son. I was extremely miserable taking these pictures it was so hot, and I was huge! Looking back I’m so grateful my sister pushed me to take them. I think being pregnant opened my eyes to how amazing my body really is.

This is me 37 weeks pregnant with my twins boys back in 2011. 3 days after this picture was taken I delivered them by c section bc of baby b being breech. I loved how I looked and felt...I was in so much pain but loved feeling my babies move and kick. Abi

This is me 37 weeks pregnant with my twins boys back in 2011. 3 days after this picture was taken I delivered them by c section bc of baby b being breech. I loved how I looked and felt…I was in so much pain but loved feeling my babies move and kick.

Hi, I am Kiesha and this pic was taken during my first pregnancy, I was 7 months/30 weeks pregnant. I started my pregnancy at a size 22....and my b-shaped belly eventually rounded out and rode high!

Hi, I am Kiesha and this pic was taken during my first pregnancy, I was 7 months/30 weeks pregnant. I started my pregnancy at a size 22….and my b-shaped belly eventually rounded out and rode high!

Hi! My name is Bethany and I am 30 weeks pregnant here with baby #4. Baby is now 3 weeks old and after 3 boys (ages 7, 5 and 3) I have a daughter. Her name is Jovie. While I was pregnant with her, I felt beautiful. I loved my growing body and how I felt while carrying her. I had an amazing home/water/HypnoBirth and want plus size women to know to trust their bodies. Know that they are not flawed! Our bodies are just as amazing as smaller bodies!

Hi! My name is Bethany and I am 30 weeks pregnant here with baby #4. Baby is now 3 weeks old and after 3 boys (ages 7, 5 and 3) I have a daughter. Her name is Jovie. While I was pregnant with her, I felt beautiful. I loved my growing body and how I felt while carrying her. I had an amazing home/water/HypnoBirth and want plus size women to know to trust their bodies. Know that they are not flawed! Our bodies are just as amazing as smaller bodies!

Hello, this is me at 37 weeks. I remember feeling more beautiful than I have ever felt in my life. I welcomed every new tiger stripe that formed on my bump because they are a big part of my journey to motherhood <3
Thank-you
Angela Brandon

Hello, this is me at 37 weeks. I remember feeling more beautiful than I have ever felt in my life. I welcomed every new tiger stripe that formed on my bump because they are a big part of my journey to motherhood <3
Thank-you
Angela Brandon

24 w 5 days due June 6 th with my first girl. I have 3 living boys. And 1 boy in heaven.

24 w 5 days due June 6 th with my first girl. I have 3 living boys. And 1 boy in heaven.

This is me at 40 weeks. Bella is set to be born on thursday!! Our 1st child and we are very happy our miracle after 4 years of marriage. – Perla

This is me at 40 weeks. Bella is set to be born on Thursday!! Our 1st child and we are very happy our miracle after 4 years of marriage.

I was so ashamed of the B-shape of my belly that I attempted to become an expert in camouflage. Loved my pregnancy though, and tried to spend more time focusing on the little boy I was growing instead of my non-standard belly.

I was so ashamed of the B-shape of my belly that I attempted to become an expert in camouflage. Loved my pregnancy though, and tried to spend more time focusing on the little boy I was growing instead of my non-standard belly.

The one in pink shirt I was 34wks. This was my second pregnancy, first girl and was giving this baby to my twin sister who was not able to conceive with her husband. 2nd pic, same pregnancy, day before delivery. ..This is back in July 08. Wasnt plus size before but am now..had one more, my daughter Street this pregnancy and wish I had had more confidence to have done pictures. This was first summer pregnancy. ..in Houston, Tx lol.


The one in pink shirt I was 34wks. This was my second pregnancy, first girl and was giving this baby to my twin sister who was not able to conceive with her husband. 2nd pic, same pregnancy, day before delivery. ..This is back in July 08. Wasnt plus size before but am now..had one more, my daughter Street this pregnancy and wish I had had more confidence to have done pictures. This was first summer pregnancy. ..in Houston, Tx lol.

And here I was, 200lbs pre pregnancy thinking I would never have a bump! Boy did I ever have one! And a picture of me just under 4 months post-partum. Every stretch mark is a blessing! :)

And here I was, 200lbs pre pregnancy thinking I would never have a bump! Boy did I ever have one! And a picture of me just under 4 months post-partum. Every stretch mark is a blessing! 🙂

This photo was taken on the 10th Feb 13 and I'm 39w + 5d. I didn't take any pregnancy photos with my first son and up until seeing a few 'bump' photos on your page, I had no intentions of taking any this time around either. I never fell in love with my B shaped bump and always thought I just looked fatter, not pregnant! I'm so glad hubby took this photo of my son giving his 'baby brother' a kiss. We are all very excited to meet him in the next few days!

This photo was taken on the 10th Feb 13 and I’m 39w + 5d. I didn’t take any pregnancy photos with my first son and up until seeing a few ‘bump’ photos on your page, I had no intentions of taking any this time around either. I never fell in love with my B shaped bump and always thought I just looked fatter, not pregnant! I’m so glad hubby took this photo of my son giving his ‘baby brother’ a kiss. We are all very excited to meet him in the next few days!

I never felt so beautiful as I did when I was pregnant! Sure thing. :) My name is Beth and I was 36 weeks along. Thanks!!

I never felt so beautiful as I did when I was pregnant!

This was at 41 weeks (the day before I had my son). I had a B belly my entire pregnancy...but I still loved being pregnant because I never felt like I had to "suck it in", etc

This was at 41 weeks (the day before I had my son). I had a B belly my entire pregnancy…but I still loved being pregnant because I never felt like I had to “suck it in”, etc

Here are two pregnancy photos of me. I’ve been blessed with being able to carry children. I don’t want to forget just how big I got even though I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum throughout, I need a reminder of how much I’ve accomplished to help me to look at myself in a more loving light after being pregnant. I may not love how my body looks, but I love what it can do! Creating a life is important work. Thanks! T. Marie (Purple top and pink pants) 18 weeks Pregnant with my first child. (Red top) 16 weeks Pregnant with my second child.

Here are two pregnancy photos of me. I’ve been blessed with being able to carry children. I don’t want to forget just how big I got even though I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum throughout, I need a reminder of how much I’ve accomplished to help me to look at myself in a more loving light after being pregnant.I may not love how my body looks, but I love what it can do! Creating a life is important work.  Thanks!  T.Marie

I am 30 weeks in the photo. I love how my daughter is photo bombing down the hallway. The picture makes me feel strong and beautiful. Honestly I feel so much prettier when pregnant. It rounds out my rolls and allowed me to wear stretchy pants and more form fitting tops. Rebecca McKinney

I am 30 weeks in the photo. I love how my daughter is photo bombing down the hallway. The picture makes me feel strong and beautiful. Honestly I feel so much prettier when pregnant. It rounds out my rolls and allowed me to wear stretchy pants and more form fitting tops.

I took very little pictures with my son, and those I did I love and he loves to see them. So I vowed to take more with this one, I'm even doing a photo shoot later with this pregnancy. Very excited! Chelsy Flores

I took very little pictures with my son, and those I did I love and he loves to see them. So I vowed to take more with this one, I’m even doing a photo shoot later with this pregnancy. Very excited!


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