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Documenting your pregnancy through selfies isn’t anything new, but the techniques are ever evolving. When I was pregnant with our first, pregnancy selfies consisted of setting the timer on the camera and trying to make it back to the spot and get in a little pose in time. I’d usually get a good selfie out of the 10 or so that I’d take. Don’t laugh, totally true.

Pregnancy selfies these days are a lot easier. Everyone has a smart phone, tablet or laptop that can take the picture while we’re still in view and can see what it will look like. It’s also easy to edit, use filters and get the updates posted online when you use your smartphone.

Use What You Have

Think about your “props.” You can use beautiful locations to make your photos even better on the cheap (or free!).

Do you have an amazing landscape you can safely visit for an amazing selfie?

How about an heirloom piece of furniture?

Do you have an amazing picture window you can use for lighting?

Take a look around and think about the things you can use around you. Don’t be afraid to incorporate things that you love or keepsakes that you’ll want to document with your bump along the way.

Don’t Be Afraid To Use Tech

There are so many tools out there that you can use to help with amazing pregnancy selfies. The biggest one right now is a phone tripod with a remote.

A tripod like this is portable and perfect for taking pictures inside or outside.

Ring lights are also a great tool to have if you don’t have natural light.

If you want to get extra fancy with your selfie sessions, you can always check out maternity dresses.

As always, we recommend hiring a professional if you’re wanting an amazing finished photo like you’re going to see in that maternity dress link above.

A Few Pregnancy Selfie Tips

  • Use natural light. A light in front of you acts as an amazing light box. If the light is behind you, it will create a silhouette appearance.
  • Your hair, makeup, etc does not have to be perfect. Just get those bump updates so you can remember what you looked like as your pregnancy progresses.
  • Have fun with it. Documenting your pregnancy can be a fun way to watch your bump grow and take a look at it in the years to come. There’s no need to worry about a perfect pregnancy selfie.

Be sure to tag your Instagram photo with #IHPSELFIE to have your photo shown at the bottom of this page. Follow us at @IHeartPregnancy

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