Being pregnant is changing my body and I LOVE IT

January 9 2012 | Guest post by Dahlia
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Photo by MrsMcZany.

Before I got pregnant, I really didn't like my body. I thought I was fat, thought I wasn't good enough, you know… things a lot of young girls and women deal with. I gained weight and got stretch marks, and that sent me into a deep dark place of self-loathing and despair that I wasn't beautiful anymore.

And then I found out I was somehow the .01% and had conceived on the pill.

For the first few days I worried about my body. I worried about how I would look and how I would change. Would I hate my body more? Would it matter?

Days went by and I started liking my body. My body was the same body, but I saw it in a different light. I started feeling its power, the power of life. I was making a life! I mean, I AM making a life!

Now, my belly is growing bigger everyday, and at 19 weeks along, I'm still loving my body. I'm stretching and aching and expanding, but my heart and mind are, too. My idea of beauty is changing. Yes, I know I'll never look the same, I know I'll never have my smooth teen tummy back…and I'm okay with that.

I've searched the internet so many times looking for women whose self-esteem INCREASED during pregnancy, but I can't find any! All I find is, "How to boost your self-esteem during pregnancy." "'I HATE MY PREGNANT BODY!'" "I love my kids, but hate how they've changed my body."

I want women to know they don't have to hate their pregnant bodies. I want women, and young girls especially, to realize our bodies change completely after a baby and it's okay. We're still beautiful. We're still the same person we were before we conceived. The things in life that are most important are things we can't see or touch, but things we feel… people we love.

I want women to see this one positive search result in a world full of negative search results.

  1. I hope when I eventually choose to have a child, I too can have the same positive mindset as you, and love my body through all of its changes. You are an inspiration!

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  2. I am currently 31 weeks with my first and I (mostly) love the changes! I was on the border between overweight and obese before pregnancy (having recently hit that border, I had been obese for years before). I was pretty happy with my body at that point and nervous about regaining weight, even though it was for a totally different reason.
    But now I love my big belly, and I love that I can show it off and not feel guilty about it sticking out! It helps that my husband loves it, too. I had some infertility issues and feel so blessed that I was able to achieve pregnancy, and I hope I continue to love my body up the very end!

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  3. I'm 20 weeks pregnant right now and I actually feel the exact same! I can't wait until my belly is HUGE. I've always had this weird admiration for pregnant women/bellies and I'm so excited to be going through those changes now. I admire you for overcoming your low self-esteem and for writing this. You are beautiful. Hope everything goes well for you and your baby<3

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  4. It makes me so happy to read this article, I thought I was the only one! I absolutely lovee being pregnant. I'm currently 16 weeks pregnant and can't wait for my belly to get bigger, pregnant women are beautiful!

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  5. I love my pregnant body too its nice to have 9 months not to care that ur belly's hanging out now post partum body I'm not quite as in love with lol

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  6. I'm 28 weeks pregnant today and I am in shock how much I'm enjoying pregnancy. I'm actually slightly sad that I've entered my third trimester because that means pregnancy will be over so soon.

    I've never felt more feminine or womanly in my life. Having battled self-esteem and body issues for years, I'm just continually surprised that I feel this way. I feel beautiful & confident and it's so amazing to know I'm growing a little human inside me.

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  7. I am 37 weeks pregnant as of today, and I can TOTALLY relate! I had fluctuated between a size 12 and 16 since the 7th grade and always felt like my breasts were never big enough to match my frame, so I grew up with a lot of body image issues. I began to feel more comfortable in my skin and empowered about my body by my mid twenties (after years of agonizing) though clothing shopping was ALWAYS a living hell because nothing sold in stores ever fit me quite perfectly. Even after I got ahold of loving my curves while living a healthy lifestyle, there would always be a sliver of back fat or patch of jiggly under arm fat that would now and then send me reeling back into the insecure teenager of my past…. until I got pregnant!

    I'm now 27, and expecting my first baby any day. My cycles were irregular and after many expensive tests, doctors decided we'd need fertility treatment if we ever wanted kids… miracle of miracles, within 3 months of that diagnosis we'd gotten pregnant without any chemical assistance! Needless to say, we were overjoyed that modern medicine was wrong in this case.

    Even from my first trimester, I was psyched about how big my boobs had grown even before I felt like I was showing elsewhere. Once I did start to show, it was a different kind of belly fat than I'd always been self-conscious of before, and just knowing that there was a BABY, a LIFE, growing inside of that extra lump of belly made me love my new and constantly changing shape even more. Back fat, and arm jiggle, and new found hip expansion be damned, this is all part of the beautiful process of sustaining life and I for one have never felt more beautiful, womanly, or sexy than I do right now while pregnant:)

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    • I could have written this comment myself! I'm 23 and have always been heavy… about a size 16 before I got pregnant but WITHOUT the size 16 chest. I was told years ago that I was probably not going to have children without help, so we just didn't think too much about it once we decided we were okay with the very unlikely chance I would get pregnant. Surprise! I'm only 18 weeks, but it's like for the first time in my life its OKAY to have a belly (although mine hasn't expanded much, just rounded) and it rocks. I'm not afraid to wear the girly (aka non t-shirt and jeans) clothes I've always avoided or to lift my shirt for my family to check out the tummy line. I used to turn all shy and hide under the covers for sex… now I'm letting it all flop all over the place and I've never felt more… powerful, I guess, and attractive.

      Probably doesn't hurt that I've had a ridiculously easy pregnancy so far, but I'm loving it.

  8. I loved being pregnant and definitely loved my body more than I had before getting pregnant. I loved having a belly and I look forward to being pregnant again!

  9. Thanks for this post. I'm 11 weeks I still look the same. While I'm looking forward to gaining my baby belly, I've also been worried about how it will affect my self esteem. I hope that when I start showing I feel as good about myself as I do now.

  10. I am so happy to see this! I felt the exact same way. I've been full figured my whole life and the thought of getting pregnant filled me with fear of becoming so huge and disliking my body even more. When I did become pregnant I was so afraid at first, then all of a sudden things started to change. Like you I saw myself in a whole other light. Over time I felt beautiful and sexy. My husband constantly told me "you look gorgeous, being pregnant suits you for sure" and I really felt that. I felt the best I have my whole life, healthy, happy and I knew my baby was growing up strong inside of me. Now that I have my precious little one (6 mo), my body is back to what is used to be, but I really miss being pregnant.

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  11. Yes!!! I'm 37 weeks and after a lifetime of poor body image and struggles to maintain a healthy weight, I'm proud to be happy with how I look. Having a baby belly has been massively liberating, and to some degree, I really look forward to knowing (after the fact) that whatever shape I end up is in part due to the fact that I have had a child. Thanks for putting this sentiment out there!

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    • I dislike shape of another for the simple fact that most of the posts are not positive, a lot of them seem to be about hating their bodies and feeling helpless to change it. There is also way too much conflict and negativity in the comments. I feel the original intention of the site is lost between those two things.

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      • I agree, when I heard about that site I thought it would just be user submitted photos of pregnant/postpartum bodies, but it just seems like tons of women writing about how miserable they are. Really a bummer. I think it could've been a great thing.

        • Yeah, though some women do legit struggle with body image issues postpartum and it might be relieving for them to talk about it. I consider that a great thing.

  12. Im not pregnant, I had my daughter 4 months ago.
    But in the same sence, I feel so much better, and much better about myself and body now post pregnancy!
    Now I'm not one of those women that looked like the poster pregnant lady, I had/have major stretch marks, my tummy tattoos are pretty destroyed, and I had an emergency c section so I have that annoying pooch and scar, but damn, I don't know why but I feel confidant and sexy now! I felt nothing like this before, I think it may be because I have found who I am, a mama!

  13. I felt the same thing!! I've been overweight and very critical of my body my whole adult life. But I felt sooooo beautiful during my pregnancy! I've never been more confident and in love with my body.

    Now that I'm a nursing mother, I'm trying to hold on to that incredible connection to my body.

  14. Before I got pregnant, I suffered from bulimia for nearly 6 years. In fact, I thought I had done too much damage to my body to be able to conceive. But I found out I was pregnant this past August, and it seemed like own body was giving me an ultimatum. If I chose to keep binging and purging, I'd kill my baby. So in order to keep my baby healthy, I had to learn to love and respect my body too. I still have days when I don't feel self-confident, but they are few and far between. And I know my body will never be the same, even if I do lose weight. I love you're post. Woman need to realize that it's okay to feel self-conscience some days, but a pregnant body is beautiful, and honestly, sexy. We need to start loving ourselves.

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  15. I've had body issues all my life as well and when I was pregnant all those body image issues went away. I wore a bikini out in public for the first time in my life while pregnant and I was very ok with it. There was a reason my body looked the way it did and I was never happier with how I looked.

    Now I am pregnant with my second baby. The beginning was a bit bumpy as I agonized about my weight gain (it took about 1.5 years to get the last pregnancy weight off). But finally I decided that I needed to stop looking at the scale and enjoy my pregnancy for what it is. We only plan to have two kids so this will be the last time that I am pregnant so I want to treasure every moment that I can about the whole experience… including the changes to my body. I will eat healthy for both me and baby. And I will gain what I gain, and I will worry about taking it off after the baby is born. 🙂

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  16. I'm 18 weeks and loving my belly that is getting bigger every day. I love being pregnant! have always been a really fit, lean person, and was worried about if I would have any issues with gaining weight and what not…..but thankfully seem to be doing great. Pregnant bodies are beautiful!

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  17. SO gorgeous. Just a lovely post. Congratulations on being pregnant (slightly jealous here!)!!
    When women don't feel this way I want to cry and shout "You are DOING something with your BODY that is AMAZING. It's going to change but LOOK what it MADE!!!"
    This really reached me today.

  18. I couldn't agree with you more! I totally found a new appreciation and *gasp* love for my body during and after pregnancy. After giving birth naturally, without pain meds and hving a preterm baby at 24.5 weeks prego, you'd think i'd hate my body all over again but I don't. I love that I'm able to provide milk for a baby who really needs it. I have found I feel more powerful, sexy and feminine in a way I never knew I could. Post-partum libido dips did not occur for me even despite spending all our spare time in the nicu. Yes, I havemore of a pot belly but now I look at it with pride of the life it once grew and nourished. My larger breasts give life and their milk help protect a fragile life. Women are amazing and beautiful no matter what. I wish we knew this earlier in life. We are all warrior goddesses!

  19. I couldn't agree with you more! I totally found a new appreciation and *gasp* love for my body during and after pregnancy. After giving birth naturally, without pain meds and hving a preterm baby at 24.5 weeks prego, you'd think i'd hate my body all over again but I don't. I love that I'm able to provide milk for a baby who really needs it. I have found I feel more powerful, sexy and feminine in a way I never knew I could. Post-partum libido dips did not occur for even despite spending all our spare time in the nicu. Women are amazing

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Though feeling sick and tired isn't my fave thing, the movement of my baby and my growing bosom and belly are so awesome! I want to wear tight shirts and show up the momma curves I am feel lucky to have. While I am still pregnant and don't know how this will go once the baby is born, I expect feeling inspired to be healthy and more in touch with my body than ever before is the path I am on. I appreciate this experience so much and completely agree with you; this is the beginning of a life no only with this incredible little person who living image of mine and my husband love for each other, but my own personal love for the body I am blessed with and what it can do.

  21. I am 17 weeks right now, and for a few weeks I've been saying that my belly just looks chubby. I'm not a small person, size 12 ish, but I have felt healthy and happy for the past few years after having many ups and downs with my weight. Just yesterday I started lamenting that I now have love handles, but after seeing this, it's a good reminder for me to embrace all these changes and realize that there is a much bigger purpose here. I look forward to sporting a bikini when I go to Maui in March with my 6 month belly, probably more confident in a bathing suit than I've ever been.

  22. I had the same experience! Pregnancy made me feel strong and beautiful for the first time in my life. My daughter is now four months old and I still love my body, stretch marks and all.

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    • Thank you for this comment! This is my fear – not the pregnancy but the postpartum body. Actually I think we get TONS of positive imagery about pregnant bellies (which celebrity is sporting a "bump"? how to make a belly cast! belly painting/henna! maternity photo sessions!). But all we hear about after the baby comes is how to lose the weight as fast as possible to fit into our old jeans size. Maybe someday a photo feature celebrating the postpartum belly?

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  23. It is sad there's nothing out there about positive body image when pregnant. I'm lucky to have what seems to be (sadly) an unusually positive body image, and while I don't know if I pregnancy made me feel any better, but it certainly didn't bother me. My husband, by the way, loved my pregnant bod, although not in any kind of fetishistic way, I might add!

    Fortunately, my waist has always been about the least good part of my body, so my tummy after two kids is not much of a cross to bear, though I will be working on it soon (now my son is 5 months old) if for no other reason that it's quite difficult finding clothes that fit properly.

  24. I'm 16 weeks pregnant with my second child. I am not enjoying this pregnancy, because of the morning sickness and exhaustion and tsunami mood swings. But I do love my body. I usually have no so much confidence when it comes to my body, but during both pregnancies I have loved the way I look!

    With my first child, I had to have a C-section. At first I hated the scar it left behind. Over the years the scar has faded and I have learned to love it. It's a visible reminder every day of how blessed I am to have my son.

  25. I'm 24 weeks now, and I still love my body. I am glad to see I'm not alone! I try very hard to stay away from forums and posts about women hating their bodies, that negative coruminating is dangerous! There's something to be said about the way a group of women hating themselves makes you feel about your own body, regardless of how you truly feel about it.

    I am glad this post made it through, and I'm glad to see all the women loving themselves.

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  26. Love this! And have really loved being pregnant! Now I sit here 6 days past due and feeling very uncomfortable but still totally stoked on my pregnant belly and the person I have become to nurture this little person inside of me. In my experience, making good choices, eating well, and staying active has been key in my success being pregnant. Taking care of myself and my baby has given me all the power and confidence that I could need! I love knowing that there are so many other women out there that feel the same!

  27. My daughter is now almost five months old, but I too absolutely LOVED my body while I was pregnant. I had many fears about how it would distort my figure and I'd turn into someone I didn't recognize…but instead I loved feeling the bump grow bigger, loved showing it off in my prego clothes, even loved the very different attention I'd get in public (no one every grabbed my belly or anything; I got lucky). I continue to love my body now, and am still amazed at the overall feeling of total acceptance and love for my own body and what I look like. I found great freedom in being pregnant…I wish every pregnant woman would!

  28. i'm 25 weeks pregnant and i've been back and forth about this. i really appreciate this post though, it's the sort of thing that really helps me out and is a good reminder. i told my partner about it and he said 'that's what i've been telling you for weeks!'

    now if i just never had to deal with searching for plus sized maternity clothes again i could be happy. being in the dressing room was maybe the most demoralizing point of the whole pregnancy so far.

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  29. I actually liked, no, loved my body for the first time when I was pregnant. I have never felt better about myself. EVER! Unfortunately for me after I gave birth my body image went right back down in the dumps. I really hope that you continue to feel good about yourself, it's a wonderful thing!

  30. Great post! I guess this is echoing basically every other comment here, but: I was a pretty miserable anorexic gal in college, and slowly learned to hate my body less in the following years. When we started trying to conceive (at 30), I was terrified about what was going to happen to my body image, but it's felt surprisingly good and natural. I didn't "pop" until ~16 weeks, so by that point I was ready to actually see some external evidence of pregnancy. Also, going from an A-cup to SURPRISE ENORMOUS BOOBS is pretty hilarious, to be honest.

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  31. You guys, I am SO loving all these body-positive comments!! YES!!

    The one thing I did want to caution y'all on is to be thoughtful when saying things like "I'm a real woman because I'm pregnant! My body is doing what it's made to do!" Comments like this can be really hurtful to those struggling with fertility — are they "less of a woman" because their body isn't doing what it's "supposed" to do? I'm confident we can find ways to celebrate the awesomness of pregnant bodies without suggesting that non-pregnant female bodies are less womanly.

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  32. This post sort of highlights the reverse pressures that a site like this can create. See, this is the ONLY mommy blog I read. So when I hated my body … I kind of felt alone. I didn't feel powerful, and beautiful, and awesome. I felt like some poor victim in a B rated sci fi movie with a creature wiggling around inside her.

    But I digress. Sometimes I forget that the vast majority of the world has an *opposite* view from what feels like the majority here. So when I'm feeling lonely, or pressured I should take a deep breath and check out some mainstreamness. And then come back here and appreciate all the positivity!

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  33. I completely concur. I was once a dancer (before graduate school and realizing I couldn't hack the dancer's life) and stared at what I considered to be the wrong body too many hours each day. Today I am 14 weeks pregnant and while there have been days I don't feel well or I'm uncomfortable, I've never once thought that I was fat or ugly. In fact, I look in the mirror at least once a day and say aloud, "Damn, I look good!:

  34. at 37 weeks right now, and I have to say I love being pregnant because although I am conscious of what I am eating/putting into my body, there is no war with the scale for me, no constantly thinking 'will I look fat in this?'or self doubting how I look, I just know I look great with this baby belly! Part of me will be sad to see it go, but another part of me thinks, if I can look this awesome preggo, I think I can look great when I'm not preggo (hopefully the motiviation I need for losing weight post baby . . . ) but it really has been a relief to not constantly think/worry how I look for a change.

  35. I'm just finding the whole process a little bewildering. Granted, I'm only 9 weeks along, so this feeling of confusion may blossom into something positive. My body hasn't changed this much since puberty! Suddenly my boobs have exploded and my weight is moving around… I notice that my hips and thighs are getting somewhat smaller and my tum is getting bigger. Even my hair is changing! As a Fat Acceptance advocate, I'm trying to take these changes in stride, but it's hard.

    The cocktail of hormones coursing through my system has me dealing with crazy moodswings and more negative emotions than I know what to do with, or how to combat. It's really hard not to turn those negative emotions and moods on to my body. I haven't felt this emotionally bad since I was 15! The worst part is that I don't know what is a valid feeling or thought and what is hormones. Sometimes I'll be venting to my best friend and it'll take her shouting at me that it's hormones and that I shouldn't listen to it for me to realize that she's right. Maybe in a few weeks it'll be better.

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  36. I completely relate to this! I've been overweight with body image issues for quite a while, but being pregnant (baby is now 17 months, but i'm newly pregnant with #2) showed me every day how amazing my body was. I also followed the Bradley method diet & took a 2 mile walk almost every day with my husband, so I was treating my body much better than in my non-pregnant life. I hope to carry that into my non-pregnant life, in part to show my kids what an incredible gift it is to be healthy.

  37. LOVE this. This is my second pregnancy, and it's confirming that I really do feel best about my body when I'm pregnant. It's pretty amazing what it can do! I have to say, after I had my son I actually liked my post-baby body better than my pre-baby body, extra rolls and weird proportions and all. Maybe it has something to do with knowing where all those weird lumps came from, but I have had a much greater appreciation for my hips and belly and legs and boobs since they made and nourished a whole person.

  38. Congrats!

    I loved my pregnant body as well – I've always been an hourglass with a short torso (meaning that despite my measurements matching medium-sized clothes, hardly anything fitted well & even less looked good), so I was really nervous beforehand that having a big belly as well would just make me look like a circle with legs – more 'lumpy' than 'pregnant'.

    Instead, I was one of the lucky ones where every single gram I gained went to either belly or bust & I even trimmed down on the sides, so everything was really well proportioned & when I started showing it was REALLY obvious, even to strangers, that I was pregnant! I even had several people tell me I should look into being a maternity clothing model, haha!

    I've never felt as good in clothes as I did while pregnant!

  39. I totally agree. I loved being pregnant and my pregnant body. I took better care of myself; I ate better, so I felt better. I still exercised. And of course the feeling of creating life was amazing. I had a very positive body image while pregnant, and even post-partum I feel great!

  40. I felt more beautiful than ever while I was pregnant. I never much cared for my body before, but like you, fell in love with all that it was capable of while growing and carrying my daughter. I almost miss my pregnant body, but nurturing and sustaining my beautiful 6 week old girl makes me love my body in a whole new way.

  41. HI!
    To be honest with you… I´m on my 28th week, I´m 32 years old, I was in a quite good shape before we decide to get pregnant and I always knew I was gonna change… the best of it, I don´t mind a bit!!! I JUST LOVE IT! I don´t really want to get ride of my beautiful tummy!!! 🙂 So, there you go! Enjoy as much as you can and enjoy your baby and your maternity the most.
    Greetings from a Spanish mum in Finland!

  42. Great article 🙂

    When I read the first paragraph it sounded like me exactly! I forever was critical of my body and had low self esteem for what seems like forever!
    Then I got pregnant and even though I got sick and stuff – I don't care! I love being pregnant – I feel beautiful and I'm happy with my belly. I cannot wait until it's HUGE!

    I'm 19 weeks with my first – and barely showing – but can't wait for the day I do! I've been obsessed with pregnant bellies for forever as well! I love the miracle that is expecting 🙂

  43. Agh yes thank you! I get so mad when people come up to me and speak in a sympathetic tone 'oh don't worry, you don't look THAT big'… I want to look big! I like BEING huge and having a big belly and I'm proud of my stretch marks! Everyone just assumes that because I'm pregnant, I must have this sad, fragile view of my body, and it couldn't be further from the truth!

  44. I was a young mom (23) and not with any particular body issues– I just don't think about it much. But when I was pregnant I felt BEAUTIFUL! I felt powerful, special, womanly, feminine, mysterious… I would even put on cute dresses and tie ribbons around my (ever expanding) ribcage, and make my husband do photo shoots of me. Even in my old wedding dress, a red empire waisted gown that looked great with a bump. If it wasn't for how hard the delivery was, I probably would be pregnant again right now just for how euphoric being pregnant made me feel.

  45. After many years of anorexia and terrible body image, I was 28 and at a healthy weight with a much less tortured body image but not exactly happy in my own skin. I knew my body would change with pregnancy but I told myself that it was going to change whether or not I got pregnant. The fact is that bodies change with age, albeit slower than with pregnancy.

    So I decided I could either delay change and deny myself the joy of children or I could embrace change and attempt to conceive. When I didn't get pregnant right away, I struggled with being angry at my body for not doing what I wanted it to do *again.*

    Anyway, fast forward almost 4 years and I have a 2.5-year-old and an 8-month-old. While I never felt sexy pregnant, what I did feel was NOT unhappy. The background noise of negative body ideas seemed to disappear. When I looked in the mirror, I was much more likely to dream about the body growing inside than worry about the body growing on the outside. Now, 8 months postpartum from my second, I have some ab muscle separation that creates a little belly bulge and some ever-fading stretch marks. Overall, the biggest change that happened for me was not what happened to my body but what happened to my brain. I don't know if it's because I don't have time or energy to care or because mothering hormones numb out or neutralize my body anxiety but, whatever it is, I'm happier in my body than I ever been mainly because I just don't think about it much anymore.

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  46. The opposite happened to me. My pre-pregnant body was thin and smooth and perfect and I loved it, really loved it. Losing it has felt scary and disorienting. I don't mean to be depressing. But if you are a woman who feels the same, you're not alone.

  47. I had my first at 21 and felt totally the same way! I finally felt that my body was beautiful and have felt the same way since through breastfeeding and another pregnancy. Ours bodies do such amazing things its great to finally give it (our bodies and ultimately ourselves) credit.

  48. awesome post! even at my cute-young-girl-skinniest, i was paranoid about my paunchy belly. inherited this fear from my mom, who always complained about her belly.

    pregnancy encourages us to looove that belly, to wear clothes that cling to it and show it off. i ended up having the most ridiculous looking, enormous belly ever. and it was great. i noticed how i didn't pay attention to the tummy anymore, and didn't like it or focus on it, postpartum. i still have a big postpartum belly, almost like i'm in early pregnancy, and this is over a year since my son's birth.

    i hope you and we can carry that great body attitude past the pregnancy and into our everyday lives! there's a postpartum real bodies website somewhere that i would recommend to ANY pregnant woman…. lets you know what you're in for and celebrates the reality of women's bodies.

  49. I'm 22 y.o. and 27 weeks pregnant and I'm loving my new pregnant body! Before I got pregnant I was a size 0-2 with pretty much no boobs. Now I feel so much more feminine and beautiful, I love the curve of my belly, my bigger boobs and butt, everything! For a while I was getting sad over gaining weight really fast and people's mean comments about how I'm so big, but now I don't even pay attention to the scale, and it's very freeing. It's like my body has a purpose, a deeper meaning than just to be enjoyed sexually. I love that.

  50. This helped me. I am a size 14, and this accidental pregnancy really is making me feel better about myself.

    Its nice to know others are feeling like this.

  51. Thank you for this posts! And thank you to all you commentors!! I really needed this, needed to hear this!

  52. I love my pregnant body! I also conceived on birth control – and found out much later in the pregnancy because of it. I love my belly, I love the softness and the curve. I love the fact that I don't count calories anymore, I can indulge in a muffin for breakfast and not feel guilt. I still eat very healthy, but do not beat myself up over an ice cream sandwich. It is such a weird journey, but I love the way I feel now physically more than before I knew I was pregnant

  53. Idk if anyone is still following this post, but I had my baby and she's five months old now! D;

    I still love my body. It is floppy, and leaky, and squishy, I got stretch marks up to my ears, and I'm carrying around a few extra pounds, but I carried a baby. It blows my mind everyday that she started out as two cells (I didn't know it was a she when I wrote this post!!!!) And grew into a little girl.

    I had a rough, unexpected, unplanned hospital birth that is it's own post, and my girl had to stay in the nicu for about two weeks. I have struggled a little bit, but I am happy to say, my body image doesn't torture me the way it used to.

    I am happy.

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