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maternity-photo-shoot-cherry-blossoms maternity-photoshoot-ideas pink-peonies-maternity-shoot maternity-photo-shoot-ideas-spring-time maternity-photo-shoot-white-maxi-dress pregnancy-maternity-photo-shoot rachel-pally-maternity-maxi-dressDress: Rachel Pally | Shawl: BHLDN ℅ | Belt: Alta Moda (this was the belt I wore with my wedding dress) similar style here | Lips: Liner- Boldly Bare, Lipstick- Creme Cup, Gloss- Turkish Delight

In honor of being less than one week away from my due date, I’m sharing some maternity photos that my dear friend Rebekah Westover captured. Also, enjoy a few fun facts about my pregnancy below :)

How I found out I was pregnant: It took a year for Drew and I to get pregnant. I got so sick of taking pregnancy test after pregnancy test each month only to end up with the same result… NEGATIVE! In August my sister Emily came over to my house and basically forced me to take a test because I had mentioned that I wasn’t going to take one that month. This might be TMI but I peed in a cup and let her put the test in and wait for the results. I didn’t want to see another negative so I didn’t want to be in the room while she awaited the results. About a minute later she started screaming! It took a while for the news to sink in; I couldn’t believe I finally got a positive! We took about 5 more tests just to be sure. When all of those were positive too, we both were screaming and crying (the good kind of screams and cries though ;). It was fun to be pregnant the same time as my sister, even if it was just for a couple of months.

How I Broke the News to Drew: Immediately after taking the pregnancy tests I drove to Drew’s office to share the exciting news. I opened the door to Drew’s office but stayed outside while Dash (our dog) ran over to his desk with the pregnancy test tied around his neck. It took Drew a few seconds to figure out what was going on, but once he did he was SO excited!

Best Part of the First Trimester: Hearing our baby’s heartbeat for the first time! Drew and I scheduled an ultrasound at 8 weeks to check up on baby and make sure there was indeed a heartbeat. I’ve never been so nervous for anything in my life! Hearing that tiny heartbeat was the sweetest thing and really made the pregnancy feel so much more real.

Worst Part of the First Trimester: The nausea. It kicked in about week 8 and didn’t subside until around week 18. It was an all day, everyday nausea that never went away. If you noticed that my posts slowed down around September-November, that was why. I had a barf bag with me everywhere I went, it wasn’t pretty!

First Trimester Food Cravings: Cheetos, fried chicken from either Dairy Queen or Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy Johns and Jamba Juice (healthy right?!).

Best Part of the Second Trimester: Two things. 1. Finding out the gender! I totally thought we were having a baby boy. Drew and I took a bet. I guessed boy, he guessed girl. He totally won! 2. Finally gaining my energy back and being able to get up and go somewhere without a barf bag (sorry TMI).

Worst Part of Second Trimester: The nausea that lasted the first few weeks into the 2nd trimester. Other than that, it was great! I had the most energy and felt the most like myself.

Second Trimester Food Cravings: See’s Candies (any and all chocolates!), Italian food, Turkey sandwiches and hot chocolate.

Best Part of Third Trimester: A couple things. Babymoon in Hawaii with Drew, putting the nursery together, my baby shower and getting to listen to baby’s heartbeat at weekly doctor visits!

Worst Part of Third Trimester: Finding something to wear every morning, the waiting game, back aches and labor tricks (we’ve been into the hospital twice thinking I was in labor, but both ended up being false alarms).

Third Trimester Food Cravings: Chocolate ice cream cone from Dairy Queen, Tropical Starbursts and Welch’s GrapeJuice.

I can hardly wait until our baby girl makes her debut. Both Drew and I are so excited (and antsy) to meet her and already feel so blessed to be able to be her parents.

xo, Rach

Photos by Rebekah Westover.

  1. Lindsay Ava says:

    You look like a dream! That is such a beautiful dress and the background couldn’t have been better! Loved reading about your pregnancy and how you felt, interesting how many cravings you went through :) Good luck! not long now until you see your girl :) so exciting!

  2. Soraya says:

    MY FAVORITE POST SO FAR! Love these beautiful pictures and love learning to know more about your pregnancy! Thanks for sharing all these details with us! Love it. — Soraya

  3. Beautiful as always and lovely to hear some more about your pregnancy journey. We can’t wait to meet Baby Parcell!

  4. CS Gems says:

    Such a cute post. These pictures are stunning!
    Carrie and Stacy

  5. sasa says:

    wow time really flies! I can’t believe it’s almost time. Gorgeous photos!

    Shall We Sasa

  6. Sue says:

    That is an amazing story Rach. Congratulations! I loved reading your post.


  7. Victoria says:

    Those photos are beautiful! Enjoy your new little one :)

  8. Preeti says:

    so exciting! you look beautiful!

    xoxo, Preeti

  9. I love this post so much! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

    Her Heartland Soul

  10. Ann-Louise says:

    You look amazing! That dress is the most beautiful ever, you look like a real princess!

  11. Caro says:

    The pictures look stunning and it was nice to read a little bit about your pregnancy. I hope you don’t have to wait to loong until you can finally meet your little baby and everything is going well!

  12. Dallastyle says:

    So sweet! Excited for your two!


  13. Sasha says:

    You look amazing!


  14. Federica says:

    Beautiful pics, so nice to read about your pregnancy.

  15. Grace says:

    Love this post, girly! Love your food cravings! It’s always fun to hear about the different (and random!) foods pregnant women love! :)

  16. You look lovely Rach. Super sweet story…all the best for baby Parcell coming soon!
    xo Jodie

  17. Emma says:

    This is so exciting, congratulations! You look beautiful

  18. Nikki says:

    So excited for you!

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  19. Heidi says:

    I’m only at 22 weeks but I was just nodding along reading your descriptions of the first two trimesters. I am going to be crazy come August when I’m full term and it’s a 100 degrees outside, plus humidity! Best of luck over these next few days and I hope you’re able to stay calm and collected.

  20. Rach says:

    I can’t believe you are due soon! It seems not too long ago you announced that you’re pregnant! I really enjoyed reading this post. I didn’t mind the TMI at all. It’s genuine and you! This is my fave post. Plus, the back drop of this photo is AMAZING!

  21. Michaela says:

    I’m happy for you!! These photos are stunning, you look so beautiful! Best wishes, Michaela

  22. Lyndsay says:

    Your maternity pictures came out lovely and it’s so nice to hear that you’ve, nausea aside, had a good pregnancy.

    prosecco in the park

  23. Merritt says:

    Can’t wait to meet your baby girl! So fun reading about the last 9 months!

    The Style Scribe

  24. Bailey says:

    Can’t wait for you to meet her either! The last stretch is always the hardest!
    Hope you have a quick and blessed delivery!


  25. Audrey says:

    This is such a gorgeous post – from the photos to your story. So excited for you to meet your baby girl. xx

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  26. Katy says:

    These are gorgeous pictures, Rach!! You look stunning!!! Thank you for sharing your story! :)

    xo, Katy

  27. Jaclyn says:

    Awe this is so sweet thank you for sharing! She’ll be here so soon! :)

  28. My favorite post yet Rachel! So excited and happy for you and cannot wait to see that gorgeous baby girl!

    XOXO Ann

  29. Wow, you look like such an angel in this post! It was great to read about your experience with pregnancy. There was so much about it that made me wonder until my closest cousin got pregnant last year! Such a wonderful thing. Congratulations on being almost parents <3

    xx Jill
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  30. Paige says:

    These photos are so gorgeous! I’m sorry to hear that you guys had a hard time getting pregnant, that must have been so hard!


  31. Kathleen says:

    I have been reading your post for awhile, almost two full years, everyday and this by far has been my favorite post because you seemed real! I love the TMI and how honest you were about all of this process of having a baby has been for you.. . congrats on your sweet baby girl, I can’t wait to find out the name because I know it will be soooo cute!

  32. Kimmie says:

    Congratulations! You look flawless in that white dress. Can’t wait to see the post you will do to debut your baby girl!

  33. Jamie says:

    It’s so special that you got to share that exciting moment with your sister! Such a cute way to surprise your husband, too :) I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to see this little girl!


  34. Sara Kate says:

    Oh my gosh! This is by far my favorite post of your yet! First of all, I love your outfit! You look absolutely radiant. But more than that, I love all of the details you shared! Great post, love.

    Sara Kate Styling

  35. Sarah says:

    So nice you were able to share such a special moment with your sister! Congratulations and hoping everything goes smoothly for you this/next week!!

    x Sarah

  36. Samantha says:

    Love reading what the pregnancy was like for you! How great that you are about to meet your little child!! You look lovely in this dress. :)


  37. Adrienne says:

    Oh my gosh…such a beautiful mama to be!!
    You look incredible!
    Such a great shoot…..the dress is so perfect! :)
    -Adrienne. xo

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  38. this has been one of my favorite articles i have ever read of yours! so personal! i am so excited for you and Drew!!

  39. Candace says:

    These photos are an absolute DREAM! You look stunning Rachel, absolutely stunning : )



  40. Helen says:

    Your pictures are very ethereal and beautiful! Thank you for sharing all of your fun pregnancy facts today! It reminded me of births of my two boys. It also reminded me of the waiting game, the false alarms (I also had 2), the back aches, and trying to find something to wear! You’re in the home stretch, and it is an amazing experience worth waiting for! Again, thank you for all of the fun pregnancy details. It was really a joy to read!

  41. Sabrina says:

    You look like a princess! The jeweled belt and fur shawl adds such a regal look. I love how the photographs are shot with the cherry blossoms in the background for contrast.


  42. Natalie Ruest says:

    You’re going to be the best mom!! You have the best heart:)

  43. This dress is absolutely stunning!!

  44. Chelsey says:

    I love this post and can totally relate to your cravings and not finding anything to wear in the last trimester! ahh it’s the worst, but you look amazing and these pictures are so stunning I love them!!! I hope that everything goes great with your labor and that those first days with your sweet little babe are just a piece of heaven for you:) Can’t wait to see pics of her!

  45. Lauren Arencibia says:

    Just GORGEOUS! Loved reading all of the fun facts! <3

  46. rebecca says:

    I love this. SO funny, I am 6.5 months pregnant and ALSO craving tropical starbursts. they are AMAZING!

  47. Rach these photos are absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on this journey and how well you’ve weathered it! I love how open you are in this post! And I can’t wait to see pictures of Baby Parcell!

  48. So sweet to look back and reflect over the last 9 months!! Prayers are with you!

  49. Marci says:

    Love reading about your journey through pregnancy! She is coming so soon!

  50. I love this more personal post! These pictures are beyond stunning and I’m so excited for you as a family!! Plus, I know that little girl is going to be so stylish! :D Congratulations Rachel!!



  51. Alyssa Renee says:

    You look beautiful!!! I absolutely love your outfit! =)

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  52. Makeda says:

    Love this post! It’s soooo nice to see some writing accompanied with your pictures. I can’t wait to see baby parcell; she’s going to be the cutest

  53. Mollie says:

    I can’t wait to see what you name your baby!! :)


  54. Adri says:

    Such a cute post! Loved hearing all the details of your pregnancy! I’m so excited for you!
    xo Adri

  55. Leanne says:

    Ahh what a precious post Rach! Good luck with the final baby prep! xxx

  56. Chloe says:

    This is my favorite post on Pink Peonies!! Can’t wait for the baby to make her debut and all the pictures :) All the best Rach!

  57. Marie says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Beautiful shoot, love your dress and your style in general!
    I wanted to know, what do you do to have such amazing hair? Do you dye it? Do you cut it very often?
    Thanks! xxx

  58. Riv says:

    Really really pretty photos!! you guys seem so happy!
    Hope you have a positive experience at birth! :) xx


  59. Congrats again, Rach! You’re almost there!

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  60. Lindsey says:

    You look so pretty in your pictures. Excited for you and your little family. One thing is for sure your baby will be the BEST dressed :)

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  61. Kate says:

    Love this post! So many great stories and memories!


  62. chelsea says:

    WOW what an incredible journey! Thank you for sharing, you look utterly beautiful!

    XO Chelsea

  63. Sabrina says:

    Congrats I really hope your last few days pass by smoothly and you’ll be with your babygirl soon. All the best to you and Drew :-)

  64. Hilary says:

    What a beautiful story! I was inspired hearing about your journey through the trimesters. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate being a mother in with your posts. Pink Peonies has been the inspiration for starting my blog, thank you!

  65. First of all, your photos are absolutely beautiful! I loved reading your pregnancy experience…it’s so great to read your real life experience and how you felt. I can’t wait for you and Drew to meet your little girl, and for us followers to see your experience along the way! Xo

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  66. Jo says:

    What a beautifully written post!! Love the dress. You look stunning. It really brought back the memories when I was pregnant with my little princess who is 6 now. Best of luck and can’t wait to see the pictures of your little girl!

  67. Justine says:

    You look so great! I really love this post so much. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 months now and I know it doesn’t seem that long but I just want this more then anything! Do you have any suggestions on things to try or foods to eat or anything that helped you get pregnant. I’m so confused to what are myths and what have truth to them. Everyone in my family just got pregnant right away and I guess that’s what I was expecting too :)

  68. eva says:

    this is sooo exciting!! Love how you broke the news to Drew, so cute :)) you look amazing, can’t wait to see little bun! All the best!


  69. You look so lovely. The cherry blossoms in bloom just make for a beautiful backdrop.

  70. Monica says:

    Wishing you helath and happiness in the coming weeks. So happy for you. Take evry moment (even the sleepy ones)will soon be entering your lives!! What a blessing !

  71. You are so cute and I love your funny story! You’ll be the cutest mom!
    Can’t wait to see your sweet baby!

  72. Andrea says:

    Aww I love this post! It’s so real and sweet! It is so hard to see that negative sign the the test. I couldn’t belive it when it was positive! I love all your cravings! Those are awesome! Congratulations and good luck! From one LDS pregnant mommy to an another! Prayers for you, baby girl and your family! Xoxo
    Andrea Snow
    PS: I am now 27 weeks!

  73. Meagan says:

    You are glowing! Can’t wait to see baby girl!

  74. kelsey says:

    you look gorgeous and i really adored this post! it’s so sweet and i love hearing about the more personal bits of blogger’s lives! :D

  75. Mel says:

    This is honestly the most beautiful maternity shoot I have ever seen… ever! So radiant! Definitely saving it as inspo :) Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

    xx, Mel

  76. Emma N. says:

    Everything about these pictures are perfect. Including you, your belly, and that dress!


  77. Julie joy says:

    Your such a beautiful pregnant woman! It’s been fun to see your posts on IG throughout your pregnancy. I wish you the best of luck with your delivery!

  78. Julianna says:

    You look amazing in your photos and your dress is stunning!

    xx Julianna

  79. Sakurina says:

    You look so gorgeous and happy! Wish you all the best when your girl finally comes :) Hope it doesn’t take to long though, can imagine the last few weeks aren’t the most comfortable ones.

  80. Krista says:

    You are so gorgeous, love your posts! Inspiring positivism, creativity,
    Inspiration, and motivation.

  81. Abby says:

    Starburst!! My #1 craving, throughout all 3 trimesters, was red and pink starburst! Best wishes for a healthy delivery!

  82. Your maternity photos are beautiful. What a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing your pregnancy journey. It gives me a little insight into what it will be like to be pregnant, although I’m not looking to get preggos anytime soon (only 6 months married).
    I wish you all the best on delivering your baby girl your family is beautiful and your blog is amazing! Xx

  83. Anu Jain says:

    Awww I love this post!! SO amazing , cant wait to see baby parcell :)


  84. Cayli says:

    Aww this was the cutest! Congrats I’m so happy for you. I remember the nausea, omg that was the worst. Your little girl is going to be so cute and so stylish! Hope it’s an easy delivery when she comes! Congrats again.


  85. Miss Pippi says:

    Wonderful post. I wish you and your baby all the best!

  86. Monika says:

    Aw you look so pretty! These pictures are stunning! I’m sure you’re excited. It was nice to read a bit more about your pregnancy story.


  87. Loved this post Rach! So cute to hear the story of your pregnancy!

  88. jenessa says:

    You look stunning! I always enjoy visiting your blog. Such a great look. Have a great day.

  89. Sandie says:

    I have been excitedly following your pregnancy, as my daughter is pregnant with my first grandchild – a girl! – as well. Her due datei is tomorrow! Best wishes to you and your husband for a smooth delivery of your baby girl!

  90. Allie says:

    That dress with that shawl is simply stunning! <3

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  91. Luci says:

    Love learning more about you & your pregnancy!

  92. erica says:

    What an inspiring post! You look gorgeous.

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  93. Adriana says:

    This is precious! Your maternity pictures are beyond gorgeous – you are glowing!!! I love your story too! So happy for you and cannot wait to hear about your baby girl! Congratulations!!!
    xo Adriana
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  94. LOVE this post Rachel! Thanks so much for sharing with us! You look stunning! Can’t wait to meet baby girl!

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  95. Claudia says:

    I loved this post and getting to know more about your pregnancy!! Can’t wait for you to have your baby girl, praying for a safe delivery!! I know you will dress her beautifully.
    xo, claudia

  96. gigi says:

    awww this was such a cute post! i loved reading what you liked best and what you didn’t! you are such a beautiful mama to be and these pictures are stunning!!! wow! you look so ethereal! always have the best photos! congrats and good luck!!! <3

  97. Adrienne says:

    That’s awesome! Thank you for sharing an insight into your pregnancy. I can’t wait for when we decide to embark on that journey. :)

  98. Jessica says:

    I loved reading this! Especially hearing about all your junk food cravings :) Thanks for sharing, so fun to read.

  99. Shirley says:

    Big congratulations on Mom-to-be! It was so fun reading your pregnancy facts. I really love you blogs and come here everyday to get some updates. We can’t wait to see your baby girl! Wish you and your family all the best!

  100. Denise says:

    I love these photos and your candidness! Such a special time and I couldn’t be happier for your little family. Favorite post so far because it is so personal. Congratulations. These photos are beautiful.

  101. Brenda says:

    This is such a sweet post. I love how you incorporated a piece of your wedding day into the photo shoot. My TMI – I have chronic acid reflux and it creates nausea for days. I feel ya! (Wow – that was super TMI – lol). I’m glad you’re feeling better and baby is on the way. Can’t wait to meet her! She is going to be one sweet stylish little baby!!


  102. Rose Frey says:

    Rach, you are breathtaking in these pictures. I love how you wore the belt from your wedding. You wil treasure these precious pictures for a lifetime. Thank you for sharing personal details with us. I will continue praying for you! So very excited for Baby Parcell to enter into this world!

  103. Carrie says:

    You look like a princess. perfection!

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  104. Adele says:

    Gorgeous photos! Gorgeous words & I’m sure you’re going to have the most gorgeous baby girl. Good luck with the birth
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  105. Prudence Yeo says:

    You look absolutely stunning in this white dress, love the beautiful fur details and embellishments! Thanks for sharing your pregnancy journey too, congratulations!


  106. nikki says:

    so exciting!!! can’t wait to meet her!!

    xx nikki

  107. Jillian says:


    This story of your pregnancy is so amazing. I’m so happy for you that you are about to have your little baby that you’ve wanted for a while. I so appreciate your candidness with your story, and how relatable you are. I’m sure for those who are struggling to get pregnant, yours is an inspiring journey. I truly wish you and Drew all the very best with your new bundle. I don’t know you personally, but your faith and your drive are enough to show you’ll make such a great mom.

    xo, j

  108. Yay how exciting, I can’t wait to see pictures of your new baby

  109. Ariana says:

    It is so sweet that you were able to wear the belt from your wedding for this shoot!I know I don’t know you personally, but it has been so fun following along with your pregnancy on the blog. You two are going to have a beautiful baby girl and I can’t wait to meet her via the blog!

  110. Pamela Gonzalez says:

    The pictures are truly stunning Rach! Love the big bump on you and in that gorgeous dress!
    So excited to meet your baby girl <3


  111. Kirsten Wick says:

    Those pictures are beyond beautiful, I’m really so excited for you! Love, Kirsten x

  112. Ashley says:

    Love this post! Best wishes for the next amazing chapter. xo Ash
    The Yellow Petunia

  113. Margo says:

    Beautiful post. Wishing you a quick and healthy delivery. You look gorgeous.

  114. You look wonderful in this cute long dress. Wish you all the best! :)

  115. Heather says:

    They are perfect!! I wish I would have done pictures when I was pregnant! So excited to meet her!

  116. Emily Upton says:

    What gorgeous photos! That is one lucky little girl to be so loved! Can not wait to see you as a mother. So beautiful.

  117. Rachel says:

    You look gorgeous! I loved reading about your pregnancy :) I’m excited for you both to meet her soon! :)

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

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