Pregnancy is far from one size fits all.
Whenever we see pregnant women depicted in film and TV or in magazines, most of the time they are slim with perfectly neat bumps.
It can lead you to believe that all pregnant bodies look like this and that’s just not the case.
The truth is that pregnant bodies come in all shapes and sizes and to be honest it’s about time that we started seeing more of them.
Mum-to-be Maureen Grace also wanted more plus size pregnant bodies to be shown in the media and decided to share a post to Facebook on what plus size pregnancy looks like.
Grace said she was excited and scared to share the photo but felt it needed to be done;
“There are a lot of preconceived notions that you can’t be fat and have a healthy pregnancy. You can’t be plus size and bring a baby into this world.
Even when you do get pregnant, you don’t get the cute maternity clothes, the bump isn’t always what you expect and it’s a lot more months of people just wondering if you got fatter because your belly doesn’t look like other pregnant bellies.
However, plus size pregnancies are normal, healthy and happen all the time. It feels like we don’t get to really celebrate our pregnant bodies the way other women get to. “
Grace went on to say that her photograph is a testament to her body and the pregnancies it has gone through and that plus size pregnancies need to be celebrated too;
“Plus size pregnancies are still worthy of being photographed and celebrated. If you have ever felt like your bump photos weren’t as cute as other people or shied away from maternity photos because you felt too big, I see you.
Being pregnant and fat isn’t easy.
You are worthy of celebrating your body, your pregnancy and all that comes with it. Big girls, own your bump! Who cares if it’s not the ‘cute bump’ other women get, you are going through all the same things and deserve the glory and the joy of celebrating your baby and your body.”