Maternity in Photos & Words


“The life of a mother is the life of a child: you are two blossoms on a single branch.”

– Karen Maezen Miller


“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”

Anne Christian Buchanan


“There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.”

– Pamela S. Nadav


“You never understand life until it grows inside of you.”

– Sandra C. Kassis


“Pregnancy is a process that invites you to surrender to the unseen force behind all life.”

– Judy Ford


“Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin.”

Maggie Scarf


“In pregnancy, there are two bodies, one inside the other. Two people live under one skin. When so much of life is dedicated to maintaining our integrity as distinct beings, this bodily tandem is an uncanny fact.”

Joan Raphael-Leff


“Pregnant women! They had that weird frisson, an aura of magic that combined awkwardly with an earthy sense of duty. Mundane, because they were nothing unique on the suburban streets; ethereal because their attention was ever somewhere else. Whatever you said was trivial. And they had that preciousness which they imposed wherever they went, compelling attention, constantly reminding you that they carried the future inside, its contours already drawn, but veiled, private, an inner secret.”

Ruth Morgan


“I think that carrying a baby inside you is like running as fast as you can. It feels like finally letting go and filling yourself up to the wildest limits.”

– Author unknown


“It seems an insult to nature and to the Creator to imagine that pregnancy was ever intended to be a sickness.”

– Mrs. E.B. Duffey


“Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies.”

– Merete Leonhardt-Lupa


*All photos credited to Anel Lestage, portrait photographer for Tender Nest Portraits.*

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