Pregnant dog stars in beautiful maternity shoot

Lilica gave birth a day after the shoot.
Lilica gave birth a day after the shoot.  Photo: Ana Paula Grillo

​It has it all: fun poses, a gorgeous smile, and a beautiful big belly.

The difference between this maternity shoot and others? The star is a four-year-old pinscher mix named Lilica.

The shoot was the idea and handiwork of Brazilian photographer Ana Paula Grillo, who said she saw her neighbour's dog's big belly and thought "this is it".

Lilica was a dream to shoot, Grillo told Mashable.

"It was amazing," Grillo said. "It felt like she understood everything, and made sensational poses. It was like she was smiling."

The photos were taken just a day before Lilica became a proud mum to five pups – four boys and a girl.

The puppies have all been adopted by friends and family members, Grillo said.