Image description: A teal square with two round images of a fat pregnant woman in a deep pink dress in the woods, one cradling her belly and one holding a HELLO BABY sign. Text reads, “Plus-size pregnancy collection” and the post URL. End image description.
Like most genres of stock photos, when we look up pregnant women on the internet we tend to see similar body types being shown to us repetitively with little signs of diversity. Many times the pregnant mother is pictured as a thin woman, with a large pregnancy belly. There is a weight stigma towards plus-size pregnant people because of the perceived risks of having a plus-size body. We all know very well, though, that not all pregnant people look the same and pregnancies at all sizes can lead to healthy beautiful babies.
This maternity stock photo series features a plus-size mommy. She is still just one representation of what motherhood can look like, but she is one that is not shown often enough.
“The fear of weight gain is very real! We are conditioned from a young age to believe that our bodies are only worthy if they are thin. Fat people are assumed to be greedy, lazy, unmotivated, stupid……the list goes on, is it any wonder that we fear gaining weight?
But what if that assumption wasn’t true? What if being fat actually meant nothing about our health and our fertility? So much research is coming out now to support the idea that fat isn’t bad and that being in a bigger body isn’t the death sentence we’ve been told to fear!”– Nicola Salmon, fat positive fertility coach
Many people struggle with the idea of getting pregnant because they are afraid of seeing their bodies change throughout pregnancy. Pregnancy takes the body through a remarkable journey and shows us just how resilient our bodies really are, that they can adapt and modify for our needs. When we come at it from that angle, we can be thankful for our changing body rather than judging it and fearing its changes.
This mother shows us that plus-size bodies are just as resilient and able to create miracles. Seeing plus-size mothers helps to break the stereotype that there is only one size of body that is fit for pregnancy or for motherhood.
Plus-Size Pregnancy Photos for Body Positive, Anti-Diet & HAES Marketing
Here are 13 more beautiful photos from the plus-size pregnancy collection at Body Liberation Stock, the world’s first and best site for high-resolution stock images of large bodies for commercial use. Use these images on your website, social media, flyers, brochures, and other marketing materials to represent more of your customers, clients, and prospects. You’ll also be helping to change the world by increasing the representation of large-bodied and fat folks.
These stock photos are often used by:
- Health at Every Size healthcare providers, authors, therapists, nutritionists and dietitians
- Body image, intuitive eating and life coaches
- HAES eating disorder treatment professionals
- Inclusive and fat-friendly fitness pros and personal trainers
- Plus-size fashion designers, retailers and ecommerce
- Body-positive bloggers and influencers