From avoiding alcohol and certain foods to staying away from extreme physical activity, pregnancy is all about keeping that baby in yo' belly super safe.
However, some pregnant women continue to live life on the edge during those high-stakes nine months. Take Emily Mueller, who recently covered her pregnant belly with about 20,000 live honeybees for the 'gram. Casual.
As explained by local news outlet Inde Online, Mueller is a beekeeper at Mueller Honey Bee Removal, a company that works to safely rescue honeybees in the Akron, Ohio area, so she knows what she's doing when it comes to the critters. To celebrate her fourth pregnancy, Mueller staged a pregnancy photoshoot with her photographer friend Kendrah Damis. Kendrah, props to you for going along with this.
After Damis shared the photos on Facebook, they quickly began to grow viral. While the shots are striking, many people criticized the stunt, because it seems super dangerous. Mueller explained to Inde Online why she felt comfortable letting the bees swarm her unborn child.
“When their bellies are full of honey they don’t bend and they won’t sting or attack since they don’t have a hive or babies to protect. They are focused on a new place to live,” she told the outlet. Mueller explained that before leaving their hive, the bees filled up on honey. She also gave them a delicious dessert of sugar water to ensure that they all really were full, meaning they would not sting.
It sounds insanely dangerous, but she lived to tell the tale, so I guess it's safe???
And if you're wondering how Mueller got them all to flock to her like she was a damn queen bee, well, it's because she used the actual queen bee as bait. As explained by Inde Online, because the bees' tummies were filled with honey, they were ready to build a new hive. To get them to look for a hot new hive spot, Mueller put the queen bee in a cage in her hand, and the bees gently swarmed toward her. Nailed it.
“It’s no different than a tree or a fence,” Mueller said. “They were looking for the pheromones of the queen.” Whatever you say, girl.
The only maternity shoot more impressive than this one belongs to another queen bee–rather, Queen Bey.