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If these aren't the craziest maternity photos ever, they're close

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

These maternity photos may be weird but we can't get enough of them

If you're stumped at how to introduce your lovely lady lumps — or if you just need a good mid-pregnancy belly laugh — these unexpected maternity pics are a big win. These photos go out to all the moms who never fail to find humor in their pregnancies, or at the very least, enjoy laughing along with the other moms who do.

Because having a baby doesn't have to be so serious, our fave over-the-top maternity shots can help to put everything in perspective:

1. Air pump baby

These maternity photos may be weird but we can't get enough of them
Image: Patrice Laroche/Facebook

Photographer Patrice Laroche had fun in this series of maternity photos with the mother of his child, Sandra, as he documented her pregnancy as he “pumped” up her growing baby bump until… poof! Their baby daughter Justine arrived! This is such a fun way to capture each stage of the pregnancy!

2. Mommy mermaid

Underwater Maternity in the Bahamas! My client was so talented to be able to do poses like this in deep salt water.

Posted by Kevin Beasley Photographers on Friday, March 27, 2015

This is such a gorgeous shot of a pregnant mom underwater, with the silhouette of her baby bump framed against the blue water. I’m not only impressed that she was able to maintain this pose in the water, but how did she keep her face from looking scrunched up and weird? Perhaps she really is a Mommy Mermaid…

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3. Brr baby! Cool Alaska maternity photos

These maternity photos may be weird but we can't get enough of them
Image: Zorz Studios

These maternity photos are gorgeous — and we have to give serious props to the expecting mom who bared (almost) all in the snowy landscape in Alaska. “Everyone worked in tandem: One person was handling the flash, someone would keep her wrapped in coats while I was testing the lights and composition, another person would give fabrics a flow, and once everything was ready for a scene, I’d give a signal to reveal the mom,” said Ed Hafizov, creative director and photographer at Zorz Studios. “I shot for about 10 to 20 seconds, then she was wrapped up again and given a hot drink from a thermos while I was analyzing the output or preparing to the next scene.”

4. Ballerina baby

These maternity photos may be weird but we can't get enough of them
Image: Michael Kormos Photography

“Our babies inspire us even before they're born. This mommy-to-be hadn't been on point for 10 years, but she was determined to try again as a special gift to her little girl,” said Sophie Kormos of Michael Kormos Photography. “I'm sure this image will hold a special place in Mommy's heart, as well as her little ballerina's.”

Next Up: Fifty shades of… pregnant?

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