No One Puts Plus Size Maternity Photos On Pinterest

While I was at Mom 2.0 at the beginning of May, I ended up in a bunch of photos. And since this is 2014, some of those photos ended up on Facebook. And because it’s Facebook, I ended up tagged, which meant all my friends – from my 4th grade classmates to the girl who lived on my floor in college to my mother’s second cousin who lives in Sweden – saw them.

I did not like it. They were not flattering. They were candid, and that is what I look like in candid photos, but they made me sad.

**insert literally 1000 words I wrote then deleted about how being fat sucks here**

You know what’s a huge waste of my time? Being sad about being fat while pregnant. I feel a compulsive need to mention my doctor is unconcerned – I don’t have high blood pressure or gestational diabetes or any other weight-related complications – so all my sadness is purely vanity-related right now.

I do a lot of maternity photo sessions and my clients are always GORGEOUS. Because that’s who wants maternity photos – people who look adorable even at 8 months pregnant. People who look like me spend 5 minutes on Pinterest and realize no lacy dress and oversized sun hat will ever change the size of their arms or shape of their face. But this is what I look like. This is what I look like right now while growing baby #3 and walking around in the world and there is nothing wrong with wanting photos of myself OR with showing those photos to other people.

It’s like that meme about how to get a bikini ready body: Buy a bikini, put it on your body. Done.

Here’s how to take plus size maternity photos. Be pregnant in front of a camera, get someone to press the shutter button. Done.

Plus-Size Maternity Photos

Plus-Size Maternity Photos

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Plus-Size Maternity Photos

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Plus-Size Maternity Photos

Plus Size Maternity Photos

Plus Size Maternity Photos

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Plus-Size Maternity Photos

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Plus Size Maternity Photos

Plus-Size Maternity Photos

I owe my husband a huge thanks for helping with these. He very patiently posed for all my pictures so I could adjust the manual camera settings and then I had to explain exactly what I wanted – “The sun should be shining behind us to make haze but not TOO much haze and don’t get the sun actually in the picture and try to get the focus point right on the kids and tell me if my bra is showing [it was ALWAYS showing] and does my arm look OK like this or should I hold it differently?” – and he did all of it standing in the buggy, snakey orchard without complaining. He doesn’t really understand WHY I wanted 400 photos of myself standing in an orchard, but he knew it was important so he helped. He’s a good guy.

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28 Responses to “No One Puts Plus Size Maternity Photos On Pinterest”

  1. Erin says:

    You look gorgeous and glowing! You guys did a great job!!! My fav is the one where both kids and laughing at belly level. So cute!!!!

  2. FourInchHeels says:

    Suzanne, those photos are beautiful! Well, specifically, YOU are beautiful in them. You look so full of joy and love, and that is all I see – a woman with enviable hair, looking beautiful, with adorable kids and a really good photographer! I am so happy that you decided to post these, because I’ve been wanting to see photos of you with #3.

    Also, three cheers to E for the awesome pictures! A good man, he is :)

  3. Jen says:

    You look fantastic. You’re growing a human…don’t be hard on yourself!

  4. Melissa says:

    These photos are so great! You look really pretty. My favorites are 2, 3, 8, and 11.

  5. michelleJ says:

    I think you look great and I really like the dress you picked out. Also, OMG amazing teamwork getting the photos! Wow!

  6. Jennie says:

    those are gorgeous!

  7. molly says:

    Well, I happen to think that you look freaking fantastic!!! I really regret not getting maternity photos done for my last pregnancy. You will be so glad you did this. Really.

  8. Hanan says:

    BEAUTIFUL photos and GORGEOUS mother!!

  9. Amy says:

    +10 for frolicking -5 for not having a giant hat. On a serious note, these are absolutely lovely.

    • bebehblog says:

      True fact: I went out and bought the giant hat the next day. I might try to take a few more.

  10. Liz says:

    These look great, Suzanne!

  11. Naomi Colquitt says:

    You look fantastic! You can see how beautiful your kids think you are by the way they look at you! Kids are truth tellers!!!

  12. Sarah says:

    You look gorgeous. Not gorgeous for pregnant, not gorgeous with a bump – GORGEOUS. Period. As in, if I looked like you now, NOT pregnant, I’d be pretty happy.

    Love the one with you smooching Caroline!

  13. Kristi says:

    You look great and happy and beautiful and everything a pregnant mother of 2 should look like. I applaud your courage and the way that you remind me constantly that being a mother is hard and awesome at once!

    And yes your husband is awesome. Mine would never humor me on something like this…

  14. Christa says:

    I love your photos. You are everything a mommy should be.

  15. erniebufflo says:

    All I see in these photos is radiance, beauty, joy, and love.

  16. Amanda says:

    Just lovely!

  17. Erin says:

    You look great!! And you look so HAPPY! And holy hair batman, it’s so long. Spend no time being sad mama – no reason!! Xo

  18. You look absolutely beautiful! The ones of the kids hugging your belly are so cute. Plaster these on FB and untag yourself in the rest ;)

  19. Amy says:


  20. I am plus-sized. I just had a baby a few months ago. And I untag every single picture taken before 1999 posted on Facebook. Like a ninja. A plus-sized, untagging ninja.

    So I get this. And I needed this. Thank you for this. :)

  21. Kim says:

    This post is gorgeous, and the end made me teary because E really IS such a great guy. And then I giggled because I went back through and imagined E posing for them all :)

  22. Anna says:

    you look beautiful.
    Being pregnant is weird – you become big and before having babies becoming big means you’ve got fat. But you’re not fat, you’re having a baby and bodies need to change to support that. Still sucks on certain days – i’ve still got days where i can’t get my head round the changes that have happened to my body. On good days – i am proud of how my body made babies, on bad days – i look in the mirror and feel a bit ruined!!

    But you look beautiful – gorgeous dress too x

  23. Leslie says:

    Thank you so much for this!! I am on baby #3 also! I have 0 pictures of me pregnant with my first. My second I thought maybe if I did professional pics I wouldn’t hate them so much so I paid a lot of money for some really bad (cause I’m not skinny) pics that I have in a box in the closet somewhere. This will be my last baby cause we also have 2 adopted (so this will make 5!!!). I am determined to get some good pics. I wish you were closer to me I would hire you in a second to do to me what you were able to teach your husband to do. You look beautiful and congrats on your new member to your already amazing family!! Thank you so much I feel inspired that even though I’m not a skinny model pregnant woman I can get some pics that do show the beauty of this little critter growing inside me!

    • bebehblog says:

      Thank you so much Leslie, your comment made my day. I hope you do find someone to take your pictures and that you LOVE them because I am sure you look gorgeous.

  24. Sarah Katz says:

    My dear, you look fantastic!!!
    I am size 18 and pregnant with my first, looking forward to adding to the pool of body positivity. Thank you for being willing to share your beautiful shots. You are so beautiful!

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  26. Kaitlyn says:

    I love the photos with your little ones! All of these turned out great!

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