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.

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


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