Ever since Demi Moore revealed her seven month pregnant belly on the cover of Vanity Fair back in 1991, pregnant woman around the world have been more comfortably proud about being photographed during pregnancy.
But, unless you have a budget of millions to employ Annie Leibovitz to shoot it for you, the results may vary wildly, depending on the quality of the photographer you find and the images you choose to have taken.
It's true that pregnancy is a beautiful and special time in a woman's life and it does make sense to want to capture that but, as professional photography can be quite expensive, it pays to think carefully about the images you are hoping to capture before booking a pregnancy photographer.
Where do you plan to display your pregnancy photos?
This will have a big impact on the type of photo shoot you do. If you are looking for something cute and quirky to stick at the front of your pregnancy journal, or special baby scrapbook, the image you want might not be of you in your maternity lingerie, cuddling with your husband/partner.
Research the photographer you hope to use by taking recommendations from friends who have used them.
You may see images of other pregnant women that you would like to replicate. If so, take them with you to meet the photographer. If you have a very clear idea about what you want, you are more likely to get it - and be pleased with the result.
Be sure to discuss all the costs involved with the photographer so you know exactly what it will cost. Paying for the shoot is one thing but ordering lots of prints can add up quickly.
Baby will love looking at photos of you while pregnant to see what you looked like while he/she was inside you and if you have other children already, get them involved too. Having other siblings in pregnancy photos helps to put it all in perspective and makes a great addition to a family photo album.
This article was written by Claire Halliday for Kidspot.