15 Raw Birth Photos That Capture Tattooed Moms in All Their Glory

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In general, women's bodies are judged harshly -- especially once they become mothers. Moms are supposed to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way. They're supposed to be "wholesome" for the family, and for years there's been a very specific idea of what wholesome looks like for a mother. Even though it is 2018, believe it or not, tattoos on a mom can still be considered "controversial." Perhaps it's because once women become mothers, it's hard for people to see that she has anything else tied to her identity. But the truth is that moms come in all shapes and sizes, have different likes and dislikes, and enjoy expressing themselves in totally unique ways, including body modifications such as piercings and tattoos.


Historically, tattoos were a way to label outsiders and troublemakers. But that image is far from the connotation of the tattooed body today. Most millennials have considered getting a tattoo, and the trend has quickly become mainstream. We have teachers, judges, and even librarians getting their favorite Jane Austen character (Lizzie Bennet) tattooed on their biceps. But what about mothers?

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These days, moms rock everything from gorgeous flower art to unique symbols and characters from other languages. Tattoos can hold a personal meaning, or maybe they're just pretty to look at, but one thing they all have in common is that they express something special about who a mom truly is as a woman and a person. The more millennials start to have families, the more we are seeing a trend of pregnant mothers who have tattoos. We found some of our favorite shots of women giving birth with their stunning tattoos on full display, and the images are some of the most beautiful birth photos we've ever seen.

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