Artist Details Women's Pregnancy Struggles With The Hopes That Everyone Can Feel Less Judged

"It fills me with purpose and motivation to continue creating the cartoons."

In 2012, Line Severinsen started illustrating her pregnancy as a way to create a personal diary. Years later, she's helping women all over the world during their pregnancies, relating to their struggles through honest and hilarious works of art. 

"I was very excited to have the experience of carrying a child and started to live healthier and prepare our house our little girl's arrival. Soon I started noticing how the media painted pregnancy in such a glorious light, completely leaving out many of the negative things that many women experience," Severinsen tells A Plus in an email, thinking back to when she first started her series. "My experience was not exactly like those you read about. I grabbed my pencils, and got through the pregnancy with a good dose of humor and self-irony." 

Now, Severinsen has two children, adding that her experiences were "completely worth it." On her popular Instagram account, the artist continues articulating these experiences, including everything from struggling to get through the holidays to dealing with heartburn and beyond. 

She also draws inspiration from other mother's experiences. For example, Severinsen drew an image of a woman with a turtle on her back, explaining that one mother described pregnancy as feeling "like a turtle [is] stuck on my back when trying to get out of bed!" in her comments section. 

"Women from all over the world tell me that my illustrations helped them during pregnancy," Severinsen says. "It helps them feel normal because they thought they were the only ones going through pregnancy problems. It's not the most magical experience for everyone ... It fills me with purpose and motivation to continue creating the cartoons."

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Severinsen has turned her work into a book, too, entitled I'm So Pregnant: An illustrated look at the ups and downs (and everything in between) of pregnancy. 

When asked what she hopes other mothers take away from her work, Severinsen says: 

"I hope other moms can now feel understood. That you are not the only one who feels uncomfortable in your body or dislikes that strangers touch your belly. I also hope it makes women talk more about what we go through so that we can judge less. Then pregnancy would be easier for everyone."

Check out more of Severinsen's illustrations below:

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