Maternity photos are undeniably lovely, but they often overlook the actual struggles of carrying an infant. In her ongoing series "What the BUMP," photographer Danielle Guenther (you can see more of her images here) shows folks what pregnancy looks like minus the #adorbzz filter. The series features pregnant women doing ordinary things like watching the kids, exercising, and working hard at the job while dealing with morning sickness and all the other stresses of pregnancy.
Danielle told Someecards that she created the series to "shed light on the process of becoming a family, whether it's having a baby for the first time, or adding on to a current family."
Her message: "Woman are truly magical super-hero's for being able to grow a baby for 9+ months! There are a lot of obstacles along the way, but as long as you can roll with the punches and laugh, it's all good."
Danielle also said the she was inspired by her "own experience from being pregnant 7 years ago." When she was pregnant she said that she "had no idea what to expect. I was trying so hard to enjoy the pregnancy, but I drove myself crazy. Believe me, you would've taped my mouth shut in less than 2 minutes after speaking to my pregnant self."
Danielle wants to remind pregnant woman "to just relax. It's a crazy process going through pregnancy. Don't be afraid to talk about the challenges."
"Many of us are just waiting to sit back, open up, and complain together : ) But over a huge pizza, bag of potato chips, and ice-cream of course," she quipped. Anything involving ice cream is always good.