• Wed, Sep 21 2011

Fun With Stock Photos: Pregnant Ladies Smoking

The archives of a photo stock site are an interesting place. Often they are incredibly helpful when you’re in need of a specific photo to illustrate an article. But sometimes, an innocuous search comes back with very strange results. Like the other day, when I searched “woman smoking” for this post, and came upon a huge cache of pregnant ladies with cigarettes.

Not since the first season of Mad Men have I been inundated with so many images of women trying to harm their fetuses with cigarette smoke. I also had trouble coming up with article ideas that would warrant such photos. But maybe ThinkStock is just preparing for a blogger apocalypse where women start revolting from their reproductive system and we all have to write stories about smoking out the babies that won’t stop coming into our wombs.

Because everybody knows that smoking is bad when you’re preggers. But what exactly happens when a pregnant lady needs to feed her nicotine cravings?

Sometimes a mom-to-be just has to feed her craving for nicotine while wearing a belly shirt, ok?

Even if that means doing it while strung out on a concrete floor:

“I told you I only smoke Virginia Slims while pregnant!”

 

Uhoh. This baby came prepared for the smoke out:

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  • Eileen

    If they’re stock photos, isn’t it just as likely that they’re there for warnings about the dangers of smoking while pregnant?

    Or if they’re undated, they could be from before people knew about the dangers of smoking, period.

    • MM

      Of course they’re warnings about smoking while pregnant. That doesn’t make them any less hilarious. I love how the smoker moms are slutty-sluts who still wear belly shirts (WTF) and massive heels while pregnant.

  • Meghan Keane

    Hmn. Not sure Eileen. But we’ve known about the dangers of smoking for a few decades now, and I’m pretty sure all of these were taken after 1970.

  • Rachel

    Question- do you really think that ‘ThinkStock is just preparing for a blogger apocalypse where women start revolting from their reproductive system and we all have to write stories about smoking out the babies that won’t stop coming into our wombs.’
    Obviously there are more millions of articles warning about not smoking during pregnancy, since these are stock photos they are just trying to be relevant to the article, not necessarily entice women to smoke while pregnant to intentionally harm their baby..