8 Maternity pictures you have to see to believe

Feb 2, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Pregnancy is beautiful — for some women, that is.

Although I am more likely to resemble a beached whale than anything remotely attractive when I am pregnant, I'm still glad that I had maternity pictures done for two out of four of my pregnancies.

I felt anything but beautiful in the moment, of course, but looking back, I'm so glad I have those times captured forever — it's unbelievable to look back at myself as a non-pregnant person and honestly, now that I'm no longer hefting around an extra 50 pounds and can sleep on my stomach as much as I want, I can kind of see the beauty even in my pregnancies.

But let's be honest — as grateful as I am to have some decent pregnancy pics of myself, my pregnant self has nothing on these lovely pregnant ladies.

The topless on a rock pose

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I just have one question — how awkward was the climb up to that rock topless and preggo?

The ballerina pose

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For those of us who can't touch our toes, a beautiful pregnant ballerina on her tiptoes. No, I don't feel inadequate at all.

The classic mother-in-a-drape pose

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Oh, this ole sheet? Just found this lying around...

Making a splash

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Does anyone else get tempted to sing Frozen songs when you look at this picture? Just me?

Beauty in black

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Speaking of Frozen songs, the cold never bothered this gorgeous pregnant mama.

Bump on a surfboard

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This is pretty much how I imagine Gisele spent most of her pregnancies.

Tea for two, two for tea

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Definitely how I enjoyed my morning tea when I was pregnant.

Keepin' it casual

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Oh, you mean every pregnant woman doesn't nap like this?

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