Beauty pageants are usually reserved for slim and single women years away from starting a family.
But these mothers-to-be in Houston, Texas, have shown that not all expectant mums want to be at home with their feet up in their final months of pregnancy.
The pregnant women got their kit off to proudly show of their burgeoning bumps, dancing, gyrating and even doing the splits on stage.
Cheered on by the husband and boyfriends, the women revealed their pregnant bodies in ‘Rod Ryan’s 7th Annual Pre-Labor Day Pregnant Bikini Contest’.
The expectant mothers took part in diaper changing and throwing contests before stripping to their bikinis in the final round.
The rules of the competition, which is organised by 94.5 The Buzz radio host Rod Ryan, state that the contestants must be due within three months.
The first prize winner went away with $800 in gift vouchers, a digital camera and a teeth whitening treatment.
Mr Ryan said, ‘I walked into my boss’ office over seven years ago and said I wanted to do a pregnant bikini contest.
‘He kicked me out of his office. Look what we have here tonight.’
by John Jackson