A rainbow baby is a baby born after a pregnancy loss. For anyone pregnant with a rainbow baby, I hope Lorraine’s sweet photos provide some wonderful ideas for doing your own rainbow baby plus size maternity shoot.
Rainbow Maternity Pictures
In just a short week and a half my fiancé, Ethan, and I will be welcoming our very first child! Our rainbow baby boy, Gavin, and we could not be more ecstatic!
I’ve been overweight my entire life and pretty comfortable in my skin. Yet, I just wasn’t getting to the point that I needed to be – of at least being a healthy fat chick.
I had weight loss surgery in December of 2015 and it was a rough time at the start. In the first 6 months, I dropped 80% of my weight which eventually led to my total weight loss of about 145 pounds. I was able to keep off for about a year.
We knew we wanted to be parents soon so we started trying for a baby.
I was pregnant a month or so after stopping birth control. We took a test at the end of June, just for fun, that ended up being positive. So we were so ready to start our family!
Just a few short days later, I had miscarried. It was one of the most devastating points in my life. I tried hard to keep it together and Ethan tried hard to comfort me.
We moved on and got the all-clear shortly after to try again. Surprisingly we found ourselves holding a new positive test mid-September. We knew this would be our beautiful rainbow baby!
Shortly after the miscarriage is when I started gaining weight back. Confirmation of our rainbow baby was the perfect excuse to give into all my pregnancy cravings. Because I’m pregnant, I can eat whatever I want, right?!
By the time it came around to start thinking about maternity pictures, I was nervous.
I had never had a photo shoot of my own. As a photographer, I was used to curbing everyone else’s insecurities in their own pictures. Ensuring them that they looked fantastic.
Our session date rolled around and we rocked our rainbow baby plus size maternity shoot!
Related: Somewhere Over The Rainbow: Giving Birth After Pregnancy Loss
My fiancé has also gained a fair amount of sympathy pregnancy weight so we both just paid attention to each other. We were not worried about the camera. He’s my rock, my soulmate, and my best friend.
There’s no one in this world that can make me laugh like he can and that was his job! I told him that he had to make me laugh the entire time so I didn’t have any fake smiles. He did the job like a champ!
It was a nice time and I’m so happy with how the pictures turned out. I’m so incredibly happy we have these memories.
I totally nitpicked afterward about how terrible my (what people are calling a) “B” belly.
Let’s be real, y’all. It’s a fupa. I’ve got a fupa.
It doesn’t even matter, this is my body, this body carried me through 24 years of life and it’s growing a whole human being right now! I’m literally creating another person with my own body and am going to be able to sustain his life with my body after he’s born.
What’s more amazing than that?! Absolutely nothing.
Don’t hesitate. Don’t worry about your body. Get your maternity pictures done! Get family pictures done! Those memories are so important.
See more rainbow baby plus size maternity shoots via the Plus Mommy Instagram page.
This beautiful pregnancy announcement submitted by @jessicatemke stands out to me during National Infertility Awareness Week. To those who have a tiny miracle and to those who are waiting for theirs – my thoughts are with you!! ? #niaw #nationalinfertilityawarenessweek #startasking ? by Julia Griffiths
This was one of the last ones of the day. I felt done! But really, this is my last, my rainbow baby, I felt good knowing my body could sustain a pregnancy again. I had such a fun day taking pictures with Jodi and my daughter so this picture was me. After all day of having my hair done and made all pretty, I decided I wanted a few with my hair in my mama bun, like it is about 99.9% of the time. It turned out to be my favorite picture of the day. ? by J. Letter Photography
This was my third pregnancy, after twins and a miscarriage. With my twins, I had an easier time feeling good in photos, which I guess was because my belly was so big that the rest of me didn’t seem that way…it makes me laugh now. With this pregnancy, I weighed more to begin with than before my twins, and I gained more weight than I did with twins! I had a harder time with my body image. Sarah helped me feel comfortable and took flattering photos that helped me preserve this special time in my life and that of my family. Now, I look at my 4-month-old daughter and don’t want her to ever feel the way I have. I hope to give her the foundation for self-confidence and positivity. ? by @blueivyphoto_cmbysarah
#TW Pregnancy Loss: My positive news was not the overjoyed moment my previous pregnancies were. This one was crippling fear. I knew if I lost another baby, I would die. My heart simply couldn’t take any more heartbreak. Not to mention I’m 35, and this was my last pregnancy if I went to term or not. Live or die, this was it. As the weeks went by, the fear did not subside. I was scared until the moment she was born. If I am being honest, I’m still scared. ?Read all of Rebecca’s story of giving birth after pregnancy loss within the link in our bio. If you are a loss mom please know that you’re not alone. Today we honor Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. ? photo by Aperture Grrl