Baby Bumps and Belly Shots

Pregnancy Photos from Every Trimester of Pregnancy

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Pregnancy photos are an important and easy way to commemorate your baby bump. These belly shots can be used to decorate your family photo albums or even to help fill the pregnancy journal as you proceed throughout your pregnancy.

When you talk to women about taking pictures of their pregnant belly, many downplay the importance of it. They think they will only get shots during a certain few weeks of pregnancy, like the "big" dates: 20 weeks, each trimester, etc.

Or sometimes at the end you think you have time to take a picture tomorrow, only to have the baby tonight. For these reasons, I always recommend taking a lot of photos - all the time. You never know which might wind up being your favorite photos.

This doesn't mean you have to hire a photographer on a weekly basis for professional shots. What it means is to come out from behind the lens occasionally and have your face in the photos - and your belly.

Here you'll find belly shots throughout every trimester of pregnancy, organized into picture galleries by the week of pregnancy:

Divide those weekly URLs into a few sections (perhaps by trimester as that feels like a good division for this article), and then write an introduction for each group of links by describing the body changes that typically take place during each. So, the first section might read:

First Trimester

During this period, your baby bump may be imperceptible, even if your expecting (gasp!) twins.

But the first trimester is the most crucial to your baby's development. During this time, your baby's body structure and organ systems develop. Most miscarriages and birth defects occur during the first trimester.

Your body also undergoes major changes -- which often cause a variety of symptoms, including nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness and frequent urination.


Second Trimester

The second trimester of pregnancy is often called the "golden period" because many of the unpleasant effects of early pregnancy disappear. During this time, you're likely to experience decreased nausea, better sleep patterns, and an increased energy level. However, you may experience a whole new set of symptoms, from back pain and abdominal pain to leg cramps, constipation, and heartburn.

Somewhere between 16 weeks and 20 weeks, you may feel your baby's first fluttering movements.

Third Trimester

You have now reached your final stretch of pregnancy and are probably very excited and anxious for the birth of your baby.

Some of the physical symptoms you may experience during this period include shortness of breath, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, varicose veins and sleeping problems. Many of these symptoms arise from the increase in the size of your uterus, which expands from approximately 2 ounces before pregnancy to 2.5 pounds at the time of birth.

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