Moms-to-be strut their stuff in pregnant bikini contest

Just because you happen to be seven months  pregnant, it doesn’t mean you can’t look good in a two-piece.

That appears to be the logic behind the  eighth annual Pre-Labor Day Bikini Contest for expectant mothers that was hosted  in Houston on Thursday night.

As part of the event meant to celebrate the  beauty of motherhood, some 15 mothers-to-be showed off their extra-curvy  physiques in swimsuits that proudly showcased their baby bumps.

Ladies' night: Some 15 expectant mothers turned out for the eight annual Pre-Labor Day Pregnant Bikini Contest in Houston

Ladies’ night: Some 15 expectant mothers turned out for  the eight annual Pre-Labor Day Pregnant Bikini Contest in Houston 

The contestants must be at least 28 weeks pregnant
The contestants must be at least 28 weeks pregnant
 

Conditions: To qualify for the contest, all the  participants must be in their third trimester

Jennifer Clay, who is in her 32nd  week of  pregnancy, was judged the winner based on her grace,  presentation and ‘it’ factor, according to the Houston  Chronicle.

Beside strutting their stuff down the runway  in sexy beachwear, the  contestants tested their parenting skill by taking part  in a timed  baby-diapering race and a diaper toss as friends and family cheered  on  from the side-lines.

‘All the bad symptoms and the extra weight  and being hungry and not  sleeping; you throw that all in there and you just  want to have a good  time and relax and have fun,’ contestant Elisa Lange told KIAH-TV.

Hot mamas: All the participants walked down the runway showing off their baby bumps in two-piece swimsuits.

Hot mamas: All the participants walked down the runway  showing off their baby bumps in two-piece swimsuits.

Parenting chops: The expectant mothers showed off their skills by taking part in a timed baby-diapering race

Parenting chops: The expectant mothers showed off their  skills by taking part in a timed baby-diapering race

Well-rounded winner: Jennifer Clay, who is 32 weeks pregnant, took home first prize in the contest based on her grace, presentation and an 'it' factor

Well-rounded winner: Jennifer Clay, who is 32 weeks  pregnant, took home first prize in the contest based on her grace, presentation  and an ‘it’ factor 

In order to qualify for  the annual maternity  extravaganza, would-be participants must be in  their third trimester, which  means that they have to be at least 28  weeks pregnant.

In its eighth year, the Pre-Labor Day contest  has become somewhat of a  local tradition, but the event is not without its  critics.

Expecting: The contestants reveal their baby bumps on stage at the 2011 pregnancy pageant in Houston, Texas

Expecting: The contestants reveal their baby bumps on  stage at the 2011 pregnancy pageant in Houston, Texas

 

2011 pregnant bikini competition
2011 pregnant bikini competition
 
Burgeoning: The women were cheered on by their husbands  and boyfriends as they stripped off 
Flexible: One expectant mother shows that you can be pregnant and active as she does the splits on the floor

Flexible: One expectant mother shows that you can be  pregnant and active as she does the splits on the floor

‘So, I’m gonna just come right out and say  it: I have mixed feelings about  this one,’ CafeMom’s Jacqueline Burt wrote in  reaction to last year’s  contest.

‘Look, I’m  all for self-acceptance and  having a positive body image no matter what  your size or shape, but a pregnant  bikini contest? I just don’t know if  I’m okay with that.’

2011 pregnant bikini competition
2011 pregnant bikini competition
 

Contest: The women took part in diaper throwing and  changing competitions before stripping off 

Winners: Last year's prizes included gift vouchers, digital cameras and tokens for teeth whitening treatments

Winners: Last year’s prizes included gift vouchers,  digital cameras and tokens for teeth whitening treatments

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