Buenos Aires-based photographer Sophie Starzenski shows just how much women's bodies change during pregnancy with this stunning series called 40 Weeks and a Mirror. She's combined two growing trends, "the selfie" (a a self-portrait taken with a camera or phone) and pregnancy progression portraits, to create a fantastic set of photos that are both artistic and vulnerable. Wearing just underwear, she drapes one arm over her bare breasts while the other is wrapped over her head, holding the camera. In all of the shots, we don't get to see the photographer's face, though at the end of the series, she's holding her adorable 2-month-old son Simon who had been steadily growing in her belly.

What are your thoughts on this series? Should women's bodies be celebrated, especially during times of pregnancy? Or, for your taste, is this all a bit too contrived? Currently, as a pregnant woman, I can't help but admire her bravery. Although beautiful, I don't think I could muster the courage to do something like this myself. Your thoughts?

4 weeks pregnant

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40 weeks pregnant

With 2-month-old son Simon

Sophie Starzenski's website

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  • I am deeply grateful for those who show humanity using themselves as the model. Sophie is courageous, even though just being an artist. My pleasure at viewing this series of portraits is she is anonymous, with no face, emphasizing the one growing from her, finally emerging as a baby for us to see, as the one with a face. He is her subject, not her...
  • speachless .. speachless .. i have no talent .. none.. zero omg.. this is so beautiful .. i'm crying..

  • Sophie, this is so touching. Very elegant and simple way of showing such and amazing and complicated process. Congratulations! And thank you for sharing.

  • Lovely intimate series :)

  • Wow! What a Gorgeous series of photos--I'm truly moved. Just beautiful. And to answer the question: Hell, yes, your (women's) body should be celebrated! What a fantastic & beautiful process--and I know for a fact that there are very, very many guys out here that are in love with a woman's pregnant body. I know I was, and am, still! Thank you, Sophie...and your little boy is adorable! :)

  • Wonderful, the beauty of life... Overwhelm. Congratulations.

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