09/22/2012 01:46 pm ET Updated Sep 24, 2012

Awkward Family Photos: Pregnancy Edition (VIDEO) (PHOTOS)

There are ways to capture beautiful pregnancy photos. This post is not about those shots -- because when expectant moms and dads try to get too creative, the potential for awkwardness is dangerously high.

In an episode of Awkward Family Photo's YouTube web show, founders Mike Bender and Doug Chernack explain exactly what the risk factors are. They say any of the following can lead to an uncomfortable pregnancy photo that the world should never be exposed to: giving a "sneak peek," using props (like a spare tire), dressing up like Harry Potter ... the list goes on.

Here, the AFP guys have selected the worst (but best) maternity shots around. We apologize in advance.