The Bare Baby Bump

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I happen to believe the pregnant belly is one of those things that is just so adorable I have to grit my teeth, hard.  I’m guessing you agree.

But what about the bare baby bump?  Equally adorable or just plain tacky?

I posted an article on another website with a picture of a bare baby bump, much like the one shown above.  The article got a bunch of comments (blogger’s dream) but the comments weren’t about the article (blogger’s nightmare).  The comments prompted a heated discussion about appropriate maternity wear in regard to the “offensive” and “tacky” bare baby bump shown in the photo.  I was surprised, the photo was beautifully tasteful and pastel, complete with soft lighting.  And here I thought pastel never offended anybody; I hope we have all learned something here.

I never went around bare bellied in my pregnant state but it wasn’t because I thought doing so was tacky, it was just that bare belly fashion was never something I carried in my personal bag of tricks, pregnant or not.  If I was a belly-showing kind of gal however, I think I’d never cover my belly in all its preggo glory. 

Picture the bare-bellied mama with her long flowy skirt and short belly tank.  She’s got wild hair and big hoop earrings, standing in a meadow while holding a daisy.  So Earth Mother.  So beautiful.

What do you think?  Show off that bare baby bump or keep it covered?


  1. I didnt do bare preggo belly, but wouldnt have done it not pregnant either – just dont have the bod. Good for you if you do though. The last time I was pregnant we did family pixs, with both our hands/wedding rings over my blouse and that was really cute. A good compromise for us.

  2. I am not a fan of the bare belly pics. I understand why people would want to & I support their right to do that & still think the pictures are special for them, but for me it was more embarrassing to think of showing my bare belly in that way. I did take bare belly pics week by week, but they were only shared with certain people.

  3. I could never show mine in that fashion but I’m normally not a bare belly type either. 🙂

  4. I wouldn’t have shown my “bump” in a million years but maybe I should have! Maybe I now that I won’t be pregnant again I feel differently. I miss those days…naw, I still wouldn’t!! However, why not? Why shouldn’t someone? Go for it I say! But just not me… 🙂

  5. I think it’s beautiful to see a bare pregnant belly, mostly in a bikini. I haven’t been into bare belly fashion, though, since the ’90s, so that would apply to pregnant bellies as well.

    I do, however, wear skirts above the knee. I’m 5’3″ and longer skirts don’t do much for my legs. Call me crazy.

  6. For me, I always admire those soon-to-be-moms who bare their baby belly in public in a modest way; not to the extreme kind of clothing (You know what I mean)way. And your description of the Earth Mama suits my tastes better.:-)

  7. I felt like a beached whale while pregnant…can’t imagine wanting to walk around in a crop top. 🙂

  8. I think that once a person reaches a certain age in their lives it is time to keep covered. Preggo belly is one of those times. I also don’t think that skirts above the knee after baby are a good idea either. I’m not sure why I feel this way, even if you’ve got a killer body after kids, I think it should stay covered. Just me.

  9. I never felt comfortable enough to show off my enormous preggo belly. However, your lovely description of the earth mother in a meadow kinda makes me want to have another baby. Kinda. Just for a picture like that.

  10. I think this merits a case by case analysis. For the most part I’m a fan of the bare baby belly and the tight bellied maternity clothes (as opposed to the circus tent variety) but I’ve seen some ladies take both these looks to a trashy/tacky extreme.

  11. it wasn’t for me but I’m not offended by it. I think it’s cute when a darling mama to be wears a bikini with a belly. Especially if she rocks it.

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