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This Maternity Photoshoot Trend Puts Dad's Head On Mom's Pregnant Body

A new viral parenting trend has taken over the internet: male pregnancy pics. It seems men are experiencing pregnancy envy and compensating by splurging on fake pregnancy photoshoots.

The idea is to create the optical illusion that these men are pregnant, yet it’s simply the mom-to-be hiding her head, while the future dad sticks his head out, so it looks like it’s his body. No CGI, just some good old-fashioned visual effects. The results range from the hilarious to the slightly disturbing, but of course they are all in good fun.

One social media user joked, “Dad bod 2.0?” while another added, “This is the most amazing pregnancy pic probably ever! #couplegoals.” The trend was reportedly started last spring by Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 33, from Jersey Shore with a Twitter post that went viral. Magro announced on on December 26, 2017, that he and his girlfriend, Jen Harley, were expecting a baby girl. Their daughter, Ariana Sky Magro, was born in April 2018. Later that month, it was reported Magro and Harley had ended their relationship.

The craze has extended beyond social media with professional photographers getting in on the action. Shannon Decole told CafeMom, “It’s a tactic to loosen the couple up. Dads and husbands seem to be so uptight about being in front of the camera.” Decole says she first saw the concept on Pinterest, adding that “it’s for a good laugh and so cute.”

Although Ronnie gets the credit for starting this specific trend, men have been taking pregnancy pics for a while now. A little over a year ago, a Massachusetts man, Nick Roberts, whose wife was expecting, did a pretty impressive photoshoot, where he showed off his ample fast food belly.

Roberts, 25, who can looking off into the distance, or lying on the beach surrounded by cheeseburger wrappers and holding a soda, made quite an impressive model. According to his girlfriend, Brianna Magee, 23, the hardest part of the shoot was keeping a straight face. The shoot was organized by Roberts and his friend Stephen Cwiok, who is a photographer. Cwiok told People at the time that Roberts, “absolutely nailed the model face and it was killing me all the way through' the shoot.'”

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Although men can never possibly understand what it is like to be pregnant, this male pregnancy trend seems a step in the right direction as men at least put themselves in their partner’s place, if only for a laugh. And if nothing else, the pics will give the kids a chuckle when they’re older, letting them know that although mom did all the heavy lifting, dad was there to share in the experience.

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