Body Image During Pregnancy

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

When your weight is a subject of conversation for any period of time its only natural that it can take its toll on the way you think and feel.

Add in aches and pains, lack of sleep, maybe some nausea and all the other fun symptoms that come along with pregnancy and suddenly the fact that everyone has an opinion on your size, whether they think you're gaining too much or too little, can be hard to hear.

Before I got pregnant, I only weighed 90 pounds. Contrary to popular belief, this was not by choice. I felt like I ate, and ate and for some reason I couldn't put on or keep on weight for any significant amount of time. I know for many of you this seems like a problem that you're probably over there rolling your eyes at, but believe me, being on either side of the weight spectrum comes with it's own judgment and having to explain to people (as if it's any of their business) that no, I promise I don't have an eating disorder, gets old after awhile.

Flash forward to me at nine months pregnant, and I've put on an entire half of myself pre-pregnancy. That's right, I've gained around 45 pounds over the course of this whole thing and not so shockingly the need for everyone to make comments about my weight has not stopped. If anything, it's probably gotten worse.

Now here's the thing, I've worked hard to gain this weight for this baby. I'm proud of every single pound that I've put on because I know that it's all been for her. Throughout this pregnancy I have felt my absolute most beautiful even though I was continually having to go up a size in pants and now I'm not sure if 95 percent of the clothes that I wore before the baby will still fit me after she arrives.

But I'm growing a human for crying out loud. And damn it, these pounds are important and special.

Despite the fact that I can't seem to have a conversation with anyone anymore that doesn't either revolve around when the baby is due, how much my life will change once she gets here, or how big I've gotten since the last time that they've seen me, I still feel good.

I feel good because I know that my body is doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing for myself and this beautiful, extraordinary child that Daniel and I have created from seemingly nothing.

I'm here to tell you that whether you're pregnant now, or ever have been, your body is so special and every single pound is beautiful. 

I'm also here to tell you that if you've every struggled with your weight for any other number of reasons, your body is so special and every single pound is beautiful. 

As long as you're taking care of yourself and you feel good in your own skin that is all that matters. People will always feel like they have some right to tell you how you should or shouldn't look or how much weight you should or shouldn't put on, etc.

But what matters is that you remember that especially during a time like pregnancy, your body is doing one of the most amazing things it will ever do and when you look back on it later you can do so knowing that your tiny human is better and healthier for every little bit that you gave them of yourself.

Your body is special, every single pound you have is beautiful and you are so important. 

Remind yourself of that today and remind someone else who might need to hear it.

Happy mid-week, my beautiful friends. 

1 comment

  1. I've seen so many recent pregnant ladies have nothing but negative things to say about weight gain and how it is necessary during pregnancy. It's infuriating.

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