Then she got pregnant. Not everyone was as taken with the vision. It has been nearly 30 years since a naked, eight-months-pregnant Demi Moore appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair.
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Be on the lookout for great stories from Fusion, right to your inbox. The expectant mother kneeled in the small inflatable pool as the father-to-be sat behind her, smiling. As Ford guided the young couple in her office on the outskirts of Atlanta, a group of pregnant women and their partners watched from nearby couches. Ford has worked as a midwife for twenty-four years, providing a personalized touch to childbirth that her clients, most of whom are African American, say is hard to find. The numbers have been on the rise since , with some 17 pregnancy-related deaths per every , live births, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control data.
Pregnancy in art covers any artistic work that portrays pregnancy. In art as in life, it is often unclear whether an actual state of pregnancy is intended to be shown. A common visual indication is the gesture of the woman placing a protective open hand on her abdomen. Historically, married women were at some stage of pregnancy for much of their life until the menopause , but the depiction of this in art is relatively uncommon,  and generally restricted to some specific contexts. This probably persists even in contemporary culture; despite several recent artworks depicting heavily pregnant women, one writer was "astonished at the shortage of visual images There are two subjects often depicted in Western narrative art, or history painting , where pregnancy is an important part of the story.