Did you wear a bikini when you were pregnant? I sure didn’t, but then again I also stayed away from swimming pools or any other situations that would have required me to bear more than most people wanted to see; I figured the bi-weekly OB visits were risqué enough. That said, I have to say that I recently saw a slideshow of pregnant celebrities in their bikinis. Even though I thought I would be disgusted by this, I wasn’t. In fact, I was amazed at just how beautiful the pregnant body is.
When I was pregnant I didn’t feel like I was glowing. I will also admit that I felt sort of bloated, fat, and embarrassed of the way I looked. I worried throughout my pregnancies, especially since I gained around 55-pounds with my twins, if I would ever return to my postpartum body.
The bad news is that I didn’t.
The good news is that after going through pregnancy and childbirth I did come away with an increased appreciation and love for the female body, especially mine. I was then able to set aside disparaging thoughts and old ideals that I must be a certain size or look a certain way to be loved. Instead of beating myself up for having small boobs or a “poochy” belly I was grateful and proud to be a woman; finally!
Yet every day I hear stories of women who are battling with “momarexia” and for each one of those stories that are heard there are likely hundreds, thousands, or even millions of pregnant women who are secretly battling with the emotions that accompany the bodily changes of pregnancy. Women who would never dare to set one foot into a bikini and who feel threatened by the aspect of getting so large, so fast with pregnancy. While it’s easy for the rest of us to stand in judgment and wonder how they could be so worried about the wrong thing during such an amazing time in their life, they really are suffering; I know because I felt the same way.
Here’s the thing; you will get back to normal, I promise! If I did then you will too. Pregnancy is not permanent and it is nothing to feel ashamed of. Your body is truly amazing and the fact that you can grow a life and carry a child is one of the greatest gifts of being female. Learn to love your body just the way it is and try not to be consumed with worries about how much weight you have gained. If you want to wear a bikini, I say do it and do it proudly! Take a look at your favorite pregnant celebrities, 30-pounds larger than normal, and at your own pregnant body in the mirror and decide once and for all to embrace this time in your life! You are truly beautiful.
So tell us; did you wear a bikini while pregnant or worry about how much your body was changing? If so, what are some words of wisdom you can share with other pregnant women to make them feel empowered and beautiful?
What do you think? Bikinis & Pregnancy?