This is so beautiful!
You may know Mary Helen Bowers as the woman who helped Natalie Portman dance in Black Swan, and she’s also a dedicated ballerina herself!
The 33-year-old instructor is thisclose to giving birth to her first child, and the best part is that she kept dancing through her entire pregnancy!
And she documented it!
Miz Bowers has been snapping pics of herself dancing each step of the way, and loving every minute of it! She explained her choice to do this, saying:
"I've found the entire process of being pregnant to be such a miraculous, beautiful time. As a first-time mom I am so excited! My instinct has been not only to capture this special time, but [also] to share it with others, too. Pregnancy is magical, I've never felt more connected to my body. Looking back I'm so happy that I've taken so many photos and really documented the different stages. The changes that your body goes through during pregnancy are so radical, I've really tried to embrace and celebrate my new body and hopefully I can encourage other women to do the same.”
That is so sweet!
And she of course had her doctor’s approval to continue twinkle-toeing through all nine months!
What’s more, MHB wants to inspire other pregnant ladies with her journey! She said:
"I've also spent a lot of time over the last nine months developing a new prenatal series for Ballet Beautiful to help other moms-to-be stay healthy and active during pregnancy… Even in 2013, the image of a pregnant woman embracing her figure and really putting it out there can be scary to some people, but I don't let that stand in my way and I don't think other women should either. My company, Ballet Beautiful, is built around celebrating the strength and femininity of the female body — for me pregnancy has just been an extension of that."
Just like we’d expect from a ballerina, Mary had one more super cute thing to say about her choice to dance her way through pregnancy:
“I just love knowing that when I’m dancing, the baby is dancing. It’s just been awesome to know there’s this little life that’s sharing in everything you do every day.”
That alone is pretty inspiring! Who wouldn’t want to have a joyful, dancing baby!
Ch-ch-check out some of her bumptastic dancing pics (below)! They're beautiful, just like her!
[Image via Instagram.]
Tags: baby bump watch, Ballet, Ballet Beautiful, dance, Mary Helen Bowers