Mer-mamas in glittery sea tails are a hot new maternity photoshoot trend, and we can't get enough! See the gorgeous photos for some serious inspo.
Mermaids are pretty trendy this year. Just witness the huge popularity of mermaid tail blankets, beach towels, and flippers, to say nothing of the endless mermaid themed-makeup tutorials currently making the rounds on YouTube.
The mystical creatures have basically become the unicorns of the sea. I mean, there's even something called mermaid toast!
It was only a matter of time, really, before someone thought to use these awesome midriff-baring tails to showcase burgeoning baby bumps. It seems like the perfect pairing, right? We did a search on Instagram using the hashtag #pregnantmermaid, and the results were predictably stunning.
This mermaid apparently gave birth the day after this image was shot:
This mama's tattoo makes her sea tail a natural extension:
We love the way this mer-mom seems to be inhaling the sun:
I enjoy a lot My travels but feels good to be home, get proberly grounded... Since I come home I've slept like 12 hours per night and I feel like I just constantly want to sleep! It's so loooovely... my boyfriend says I look like a nice juicy steak wobbling around he is a wolf so he keeps biting me constantly and I'm covered in bruises #pregnantmermaid #or #strandedbeachwhale #31weeks #homesweethome #lovelife #love #lovevibes #namaste #pregnantyogi #pregnant
And the way this brave mom-to-be was courageous enough to take her bump underwater at the National Aquarium of Denmark:
I cannot hold My Breath for long, But I still get all relaxed and happy under The surface. Here at #denblåplanet, the Danish National Aquariums Piranha Tank ;). #gravid #gravidhavfrue #pregnant #prenantmermaids #pregnantmermaid #havfruenkarin #denlillehavfrue #danishmermaid #mermaid #havfrue #havfruen #mermaids #thelittlemermaid #fantasy #livingmydream #freediving #bestjobever #sirenesang #sirene #børneteater #eventyr #fantasi #therealmermaids #underwaterphotography #mermaidglimpse #havfruekik
So cool, right?
And then there was this preggers mama, who kind of cracked us up:
That time when I was 6-months pregnant & wanted to be a mermaid...but was too fat for the tail Grateful for my bestie @rosegoldandhazey for MAKING it fit me, while waves crashed on us & my exposed bootie. We laughed our arses off!! #besties #insanepregnantwoman #pregnantmermaid #memories thanks @laurenmetzlerphotography for capturing this hilarious behind-the-scenes moment!!
Gotta love the honesty!
So why has the mermaid tail suddenly become a maternity mainstay?
Makes sense. The photog even keeps a stash of 20 mermaid tails on hand for the shoots, as well as a collection of mini fins for his special before-and-after birth package that includes two photo shoots—one featuring a pregnant mom rocking her tail, and another following the birth that includes the baby.