Although sometimes I may be negative (being almost nine months pregnant can do that!), I think there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman when she is pregnant. She has this glow about her that shows just how wonderful carrying another human being really is.
Mary Helen Bowers is not only pregnant and beautiful, she’s showing it off in the most gorgeous photos. A professional ballerina and the founder of Ballet Beautiful, a ballet-inspired fitness program, Bowers has been dancing her way throughout her pregnancy with the guidance of her doctor.
“By continuing to work out and dance while pregnant, I feel a double reward from maintaining my normal routine, but all the while knowing that baby is sharing in my day,” Bowers told Elle.com
Bowers has documented her growing belly in beautiful photos on her Instagram account. Her photos show women how great it is to stay active while pregnant—and Bowers herself has seen the benefits of continuing her fitness routine.
“I feel like that’s really helped me with my balance and helped prevent back pain and a lot of other aches and pains that are really common with pregnancy,” Bowers told TODAY Moms.
Her first-hand experience at dancing while pregnant has led her to create pre- and postnatal Ballet Beautiful workout routines. The DVDs will be available early next year.
I am in awe of Bowers dedication to staying active while being pregnant. I worked out nearly every single day when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter and have slacked for my last two pregnancies. I could definitely tell the difference. Not only did I bounce back so much easier after my first, but I also felt better about myself throughout the entire pregnancy. It helped with my confidence and self-esteem and it was actually something that I looked forward to every single day.
I just wish that I would have captured just how beautiful it was in gorgeous photos, as Bowers has. With her due date just a week away, Bowers continues to share photos of her pregnancy. Take a look at some of her breathtaking ballerina photos below.
Embracing Pregnancy 1 of 9
Because of her ballet career, Bowers is in a leotard and tights every single day. I admire the confidence she has to embrace the changes a body goes through during pregnancy and really show that off.
Have Fun 2 of 9
She's an inspiration to moms-to-be everywhere to have fun during pregnancy and enjoy every second of it!
Dancing with Baby 3 of 9
At eight months pregnant, Bowers says that dancing with her baby is the favorite part of her day.
Pregnant and Stunning 4 of 9
This is probably one of my favorite photos of Bowers. At eight and a half months, she proves that pregnancy puts no limits on beauty.
Ocean Beauty 5 of 9
This background makes for a gorgeous maternity photo!
One with Nature 6 of 9
Another one of my favorite photos. It captures the natural beauty of pregnancy.
Bump and Pose 7 of 9
This pose is even more beautiful with a baby bump.
Nine Months 8 of 9
I love the candidness of this shot. It looks like it's just her and the baby dancing in a moment together.
Almost There 9 of 9
A shot of Bowers at 39 weeks pregnant and still dancing. I am in awe.
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