Hey mama: the best baby bump photo shoots

Celebrity mothers and their little ones who graced covers before they were even born

It’s double the joy for Beyonce!
It’s double the joy for Beyonce!
04 Feb 2017

It’s double the joy for Beyonce!

After breaking the Internet with her pregnancy announcement last Thursday (she’s got not one, but two buns in the oven!), Beyonce got the world in an even bigger frenzy when she shared stunning photos from her pregnancy photo shoot on her website.

And this was no typical maternity shoot. From sitting on top of a car to swimming and posing underwater, Queen Bey proved there is nothing she and her baby bump can’t do.

Beyonce is just the latest in a long line of celebrity mothers-to-be who have flaunted their bellies on magazine covers and photo shoots. Click through to see some of our favourites:

Photos: Beyonce.com

Yvonne Lim
Yvonne Lim
04 Feb 2017

Yvonne Lim

Yvonne Lim and her baby bump graced not one, but two magazine covers when the actress, who is based in Taiwan with her family, returned to the Little Red Dot for a short visit last August. The 39-year-old, who was then four months pregnant with her second child, Alexa, kept things simple in a white tee and jeans, and let the tummy do all the talking.

Photo: 8 Days 

Hannah Quinlivan
Hannah Quinlivan
14 Jan 2016

Hannah Quinlivan

Woah sexy mama! Unlike the rest of the expectant mummies on this list, the very private Mr and Mrs Jay Chou shared these photos of Hannah’s baby bump after their daughter Hathaway was born. Instead of the usual sweet saccharine shots, the couple rocked it in matching black and gold outfits for their hip hop-themed shoot - perhaps to match all the black baby products they bought?

Photos: Weibo

Kate Pang
Kate Pang
14 Jan 2016

Kate Pang

Leave it to Kate Pang to make pregnancy look effortless. Despite being five months pregnant, the 32-year-old looked absolutely radiant and stunning as she posed with her blossoming baby bump in an impromptu photo shoot with Toggle during the launch of their video portal Kandie Network. Dressed in a flowy printed dress, you can hardly tell the actress has a bun in the oven. *sucks in own paunch*


Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema
Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema
14 Jan 2016

Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema

There is something very heartwarming about this picture of the King and Queen of Bhutan. Taken for an online calendar released by the Bhutanese government, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and wife Jetsun Pema looked serene as they lounged on the grounds of Bhutan’s Paro Ugyen Pelri Palace dressed in traditional bright robes. How we wish we could take maternity shots at such exotic locales too.

Joanne Peh
Joanne Peh
24 Apr 2015

Joanne Peh

Three months after news broke that Joanne Peh is baking a bun in the oven, the actress has given a first official glimpse of her growing little one in a lovely cover shoot for ELLE Singapore. Dressed in a crochet dress that embraces every single curve (especially the most important one – her belly), she radiates both that unmistakable mummy-to-be glow and a proud poise. How about doing another shoot now that you are expecting again, Joanne?

Fann Wong
Fann Wong
24 Apr 2015

Fann Wong

Before she popped in August 2015, the ah jie posed for a series of stunning ads for Marie France Bodyline, the most iconic of which is probably the one of her wrapped in cloth in the slimming centre’s signature blue hue (the same fabric would later be featured again in Fann’s post-baby bod shoot). And what else can we say? She looked great in all of them.

Lim Peifen
Lim Peifen
14 Jan 2016

Lim Peifen

Initially reluctant to do a maternity shoot, YES 933 DJ Lim Peifen eventually went ahead with it because she wanted to “keep a record of the days of just the two of us”. And we’re glad she did. Peifen is glowing in her Grecian-inspired gown and floral headband and major props to her for taking the shoot outdoors, considering how hot and humid - not to mention unpredictable - the weather can be in Singapore.

Photos: Limpeifen.com


Sharon Chan
Sharon Chan
04 Feb 2017

Sharon Chan

It’s hard to believe Hong Kong actress Sharon Chan was eight months pregnant when she took these photos in December 2016. The 37-year-old actress, who only gained around 20 pounds (around 9kg) during pregnancy, not only shared the gorgeous photos on her Instagram but also anecdotes from the shoot: “You see the scarf floating beautifully? It was all thanks to my mum and husband who were behind propping it up that we managed to get the floating effect.” Kind of reminds you of Fann’s Marie Claire shoot huh?

Photos: Instagram/@sharonchanmanchi

Han Hye Jin
Han Hye Jin
14 Jan 2016

Han Hye Jin

Also taking her shoot outdoors is Korean actress Han Hye Jin who showed off her baby bump in a pictorial for Marie Claire Korea. Shot in the country side outside Welsh city of Swansea, where her footballer husband Ki Sung Heung is based, Hye Jin looked effortlessly chic in a variety of flowy and fitted dresses despite being seven months pregnant. Some women just have it all! 

Photos: Marie Claire Korea
 

Carole Lin
Carole Lin
14 Jan 2016

Carole Lin

This may not be an official photo shoot but how cute are these pictures of a heavily pregnant Carole Lin? Snapped by her businessman husband David Lim just before heading to the hospital for her delivery, the 42-year-old first-time mother even took the time to thank her family and friends for playing a part in her “happy pregnancy”. And it shows!

Photo: Instagram 

Kelly Chen
Kelly Chen
14 Jan 2016

Kelly Chen

Don’t you just love it when parents include their kids in maternity shoots? Taiwanese singer-actor Jimmy Lin and his model wife Kelly Chen roped in their six-year-old son Kimi for the family portrait, where there was plenty of love and kisses going around. Awww…

Photos: Weibo


Byul
Byul
24 Apr 2015

Byul

Okay, so it’s not a formal magazine photo shoot, but we are loving the fun and warmth emanating from these two snaps shared by proud papa Haha on a television program, which the Running Man star shared were taken “very naturally on the bed, on the sofa, wearing whatever”.

While the super sweet one of him lovingly touching his wife’s stomach is aww-worthy to the max, we’re especially fond of the one with him making one of his signature funny faces at his baby – it’s cute, casual and reflects his status as a cast member of one of the most amusing shows on earth.

Demi Moore
Demi Moore
24 Apr 2015

Demi Moore

It’s the nude prenatal print that started it all. Seven months pregnant with her second daughter, an exposed and expectant Demi was photographed by renowned star shooter Annie Leibovitz for the August 1991 cover of Vanity Fair magazine – a controversial and unheard of move at that time.

These days, however, it’s considered the crème de la crème of bare child-carrying shoots, and it’s easy to see why: not only is it a bold trailblazer, it’s also done in a way that’s beautiful and tasteful.

Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields
24 Apr 2015

Brooke Shields

The gorgeous former child star starred in her preggers Vogue cover looking like she’d just waded gracefully out of a private pool. Perhaps it was an unintentional throwback to one of her best-known films, The Blue Lagoon (about two teenagers marooned on a deserted island).

In any case, this just convinced us that the supermodel looks just as good dripping from head to toe as she is when she’s dry – let’s be honest, the rest of us would end up resembling drowned mice.

Ciara
Ciara
24 Apr 2015

Ciara

Ciara is one fierce babe, which shows in her simple yet super sleek black-and-white pictorial for W Magazine. Whether she’s sporting a swimsuit-and-leather-jacket combo or exuding soulfulness in a crop top, girl is lookin’ “automatic supersonic hypnotic funky fresh”*.

*Lyrics from her song ‘1, 2 Step’.

Shakira
Shakira
24 Apr 2015

Shakira

Ooh la la, do Shakira and her football hunk of a beau Gerard Pique make a good-looking couple or what? And these striking pics of the Colombian beauty and Barcelona defender were taken for a good cause: they’re part of the couple’s “virtual baby shower” for UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts program, where, instead of purchasing presents for the little one, fans can buy practical items for less fortunate kids.

“We hope that, in his name, other less privileged children in the world can have their basic needs covered through gifts and donations,” they stated. Now isn’t that great?

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson
24 Apr 2015

Jessica Simpson

Another singing star who invited her hubby on board for her belly-baring documentation is Jessica. Although it was her stripped-down cover for the mag that got everyone buzzing, we’re rather charmed by this saccharine shot of Eric Johnson planting a kiss on his unborn baby as mama gazes upwards in what we’d assume is thankful euphoria.

Jung Hye-young
Jung Hye-young
24 Apr 2015

Jung Hye-young

Arguably the most daring snapshots on this list belong to the actress and wife of JinuSean crooner Sean, who is seen donning precariously high stilettos (let’s hope she didn’t actually walk around in them) during her funky photo session.

Safety concerns aside, we’ve gotta give Hye-young major props for such a daring and different concept – in addition to having a unique overall look and feel that’s decidedly edgier than most celebrity maternity shoots, she also defied a Korean cultural norm by uncovering her belly. The result: a cool “mama is ready to party” vibe that we can all appreciate.

Ryu Seung-ju
Ryu Seung-ju
24 Apr 2015

Ryu Seung-ju

With smouldering husband Ricky Kim at the back and musical actress Seung-ju’s piercing gaze, this looks like it could be the promotional image for an upcoming drama or gritty family film. We mean, which kid wouldn’t want to look through their parents’ pregnancy shoot and come across this kind of coolness? We know we certainly would.

Yao Chen
Yao Chen
24 Apr 2015

Yao Chen

Chinese actress Yao Chen covered the spectrum from cutesy to ultra-glamorous during her shoot for Harper’s Bazaar. Clearly, there is always room for a cat-eared cap, and we love how she still manages to make a pastel-coloured, sheer-panelled gown look absolutely exquisite despite a swelling belly with a growing human being inside.

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