April 25, 2017

Some are called maternity photos, and then there are maternity photos. This shot, taken by photographer Simone Paruta several years ago, has resurfaced online — and with good reason. This is a beautiful beach maternity photo like you have never seen before.

The image shows a naked pregnant woman lying in the sand on the beach, just steps from the ocean. What makes the photo so extraordinary, however, is that — thanks to some thoughtful digging and her fetal position — she appears as if she’s a baby in the womb, with the umbilical cord opening into the expanse of the water in front of her. It’s truly awe-inspiring. She lays in there still like a fetal in the womb of the mother’ so calm and well protected.

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