Snappy title there huh!
As somebody who often blogs about ‘body confidence’ in the media, and my own problems with body confidence, being pregnant has been an interesting experience for me.
When I say ‘interesting’ I don’t necessarily mean it in a negative why. When I found out I was pregnant I did not know what to expect in terms of how I was going to feel about my body. Now at almost 37 weeks pregnant I am still in the same boat.
I do remember that when I first started telling people I was pregnant I used to get annoyed with people sneakily looking at my stomach. I didn’t mind if they announced they were going to have peek but if they did it on the sly it made me feel majorly self-conscious. Sort of like when a pervy guy stares down your top and they think you haven’t noticed.
There are women out there that love being pregnant and embrace the changes to their body whereas there are some that hate it and feel miserable. I am pretty much in the middle of these two groups, though I do truly appreciate having had a healthy pregnancy so far.
People have suggested I have a naked pregnancy photoshoot to celebrate how I look now. This certainly does not appeal! But I don’t mind having ‘normal’ photos taken of me.
I think the average un-pregnant woman has days when they feel crap about their appearance, they also have days when they feel like they are oozing confidence.
It isn’t much different for me now I am pregnant. For example yesterday I felt like the Big Friendly Giant – today I feel fond of my bump and feel it is quite cute.
Again it will be ‘interesting‘ to see how I feel after having my baby. I anticipate it isn’t all going to be fun and games. At the same time I am lucky I am aware that I might struggle and obsess about weight loss. This will not be healthy for me or my baby so I am determined not to let it happen.
I want my baby to grow up knowing they are beautiful so I am determined to set a good example. Being pregnant has taught me that being healthy is more important than looking a certain way. I just need to remember that!