By Jenn Schleich / Published on Bustle.com
There are some things our culture thinks you just shouldn’t do if you’re a pregnant woman. Whether it’s eating sushi, lifting weights, or sporting a mohawk, we tend to still have pretty conservative notions about women who are expecting. Well, these women and their maternity photos are here to tell society to shove it.
We’re used to seeing maternity photos that are overtly feminine in the most antiquated sense of the word. Pastel colors, hazy edges, long golden ringlets, and soft, flowing dresses tend to predominate. Almost too intimate, they capture couples holding hands, exchanging kisses, and swooning over bellies, complete with props and dress-up in a world of pretend.
There’s nothing wrong with a homely maternity shoot, but if you like things a little edgier, then don’t despair. Interspersed between the mainstream is the unconventional: women kicking pregnant booty — because pregnancy doesn’t mean our personalities wither away. Our passions and interests continue to thrive, not just during the nine months of pregnancy, but during all the years after. So, why shouldn’t maternity photos strive to capture that personal essence?
Check out these 12 badass moms-to-be whose striking maternity photography is more about them than it is about their bellies. These photos say unabashedly, “This is who I am,” in the most genuine of ways.