Maternity or pregnancy photoshoots have been a huge trend for the last couple of years and more than often people go above and beyond to stand out from the rest in a bid to select unique themes to welcome their babies. Recently, a photoshoot of a woman from Boerne, Texas — with thousands of bees sitting on her belly — has shocked people online.
Posing with her husband in the outdoors — exposing her stomach donning a white bralet and trousers, the mother-to-be, who is a beekeeper, was seen standing next to a box bee hive, with a swarm of bees flying around.
“Here are my maternity photos I promised to share. I wasn’t stung once. The queen is tethered to my belly inside of a cage. We just dumped the bees on me and they naturally began to beard. Don’t worry, this was approved by my doc. This is roughly 10k bees. Cheers, everyone!” a screenshot of the post showed, that got everyone talking online and started circulating widely.
The queen is tethered to my belly inside of a cage. Poetry. pic.twitter.com/KyAJQLEza5
— Emily Murnane (@emily_murnane) July 3, 2020
The post, which was originally posted on Facebook, has spread on social media sites, leaving many baffled and even irked. While some didn’t understand why she did it, others thought it putting her unborn child to risk. Some also wondered which doctor would have allowed this knowing about her allergies.
What is wrong with people.
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) July 3, 2020
The part where she is allergic is my favorite
— Allan (@Really_Allan) July 3, 2020
I want to hear from the Dr that allowed an allergic pregnant woman to do this.
— Jim SixFeetPlease Murphy (@MurphInCA) July 3, 2020
An allergic beekeeper. I’ve officially seen it all.
— Kat Bee (@katbeee) July 3, 2020
I must be dead inside then, because I just read this and thought “peak 2020”
— Charles Brandon (@charlesbtweets) July 4, 2020
Her doctor who approved this pic.twitter.com/ESttW0dANe
— Minerva (@MinervaAthena81) July 3, 2020
She’s having a babee
— emily christine (@emmikays) July 3, 2020
Nothing says the beauty of childbirth like 10,000 bee simps
— Bryce Bobula 📷 (@BruskyProd) July 3, 2020
Tbh that’s only 2.5 pounds of bees, so it seems possible. pic.twitter.com/BX6JDaXpk6
— Basil the Great Mouse Infective (@utterlybasil) July 3, 2020
Ok, that’s it…I quit. https://t.co/AgBwNxfpam
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 3, 2020
Nothing says “I love my baby” like a potentially lethal allergic reaction. @thewholekaren help us out here
— Steph (@stefaniamelia) July 3, 2020
— Omar Guillen (@LucianLegacy) July 4, 2020
Risking your pregnancy for a photo shoot. How American. pic.twitter.com/pjattvVSJD
— Mr. Richard S. Licker, MGF (@MikeyMooseNC) July 3, 2020
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) July 3, 2020
“Have you been abusing narcotics?” “Nope, I just wanna have a bee beard on my tum.”
— N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin) July 4, 2020
— Sarah Sweeney (@heysarahsweeney) July 3, 2020
As the unusual maternity photoshoot went viral, she updated her profile photo and shared her story. Saying that it’s not “just a photo of a woman with honeybees on her belly“, she went on to share a tragic story of an extremely traumatic miscarriage. Talking about slipping into depression after losing the baby and confused at first after finding out she was pregnant again, she wrote: “As time went on, well into the second trimester, I knew I couldn’t tell anyone about the pregnancy because of the fear of a repeat miscarriage.”
Talking about how things got difficult owing to isolation in global pandemic, she added, “This time was not only unfamiliar and bizarre but was also extraordinarily emotionally challenging”. However, soon she realised it was a good way to heal and for better. “In spite of all this, our family grew stronger, and, in hindsight, I realize that the quarantine allowed me to grow my baby in a stress-free environment with phenomenal nurturing from my husband. There was a massive silver lining to this presumably dark cloud.”
“I have emerged from these events like a butterfly from a cocoon; strong, beautiful, and ready to take on the world. So, you see, this isn’t just a photo of a woman with honeybees on her belly. This photo represents much, much more. My only hope is that one day my children will look at this photo and see the warrior inside of me.” she concluded.
The original post was later updated with a warning, “**This can be extremely dangerous. Please do not try this without experience and knowledge**” However, still many weren’t convinced why she decided to do this bee-themed photoshoot. And although people were touched by her story, many still remarked, “But medically that’s a little nerve wracking!”. Others highlighted she still didn’t explain why she decided to choose to expose herself to bees fully aware of her allergies.
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