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The belly hold: why do we do it?


the belly hold
Does anyone know why moms pose in photos with their hands like that? I just posed for pics like that too, so guilty as charged! 
Can you imagine, if you had no bump and you were holding your hands that way in a picture? There is something so motherly about it but without the bump, it's just odd don't you think? 
I was trying to figure out what it is that makes us do that. Do you think it's just cultural - we see others do that so we do it? Do you think it's a natural reflex to the baby moving in the belly?
Thought about it for several weeks and here are some idea
#1 - If you just pose with your hands at your side, it might look like you're not that excited about being pregnant because you're already pushing your stomach forward by the natural weight redistribution that the bump brings. Pushing your bump forward without embracing your bump sometimes looks like you're distancing yourself from your bump!
#2  - it helps to make out the shape of your belly by holding it that way.
#3 - it's universal language for 'I'm expecting' - when people see that, they know that the purpose of your photo is to document your pregnancy.
#4 - caressing your belly is a way to show intimacy for a child that you can't hold yet. 
#5 - it's a way to cut up your silhouette sort of how Beyonce does this to have the nicest lines for the camera.
Beyonce posing
#6 segue here: Check these pics out: 
This pic looks more like - ouch my back hurts!
Whereas this looks like:
Beyonce bump
yup, I'm definitely having a baby and happy about it!
#6 bringing me back to another possibility - it is a way to accentuate a bump that is not very visible otherwise.
#7 It's a rite of passage - the belly hold is not something you can do when you don't have a baby there, so embrace it!
Any other suggestions and what do you think? All of the above? Or do you wish people wouldn't do the belly hold?
As long as we don't have belly hold plus peace sign, I'm fine with it!  How about you?
While you're here, scroll down and take the bump quiz  - see if you can predict the gender by the bump shape since we're on the topic! 

7 comments


  • Charlotte

    I think it’s definitely a protection maternal instinct from us XX


  • kasie

    its funny as my sister hated people looking and touching her belly its crazy how everyone reacts differently to these things, not sure what I would do but definetly think it could a protection or just being proud! kasie


  • Annie

    I think it may be a maternal thing? I think it looks cute!

    Annie | www.musingsofamakeupjunkie.com


  • Carrie

    I think it could be a symbol of protection too.


  • Amina

    I think the belly hold sefinitely has something to do with the shape as when you crasle it it shows off the shape properly. Also it’s kind of including the baby in the photo. Now I know that sounds silly but if your chold was born you’d be holding it so something to do with that.

    Amina xx www.AliandHer.com


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