It’s not uncommon to speak of the way a pregnant woman glows or of the beauty of a work of art depicting a pregnant body. But those are the takes of outsiders. For pregnant women themselves, carrying a child in the womb can make one feel fat, ugly even. In this visual essay, Karen Walasek uses poetry and paintings to debate these two takes on pregnancy. The conclusion, of course, is in the eye of the viewer.

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