Learning to Love Your Pregnant Body

learning-to-love-your-pregnant-bodyYou have to face it. During the initial phases of pregnancy, when you feel little more than queasiness and excitement that mimics a kid on Christmas, it is easy to fall in love with your body. Even if you have never had that perfect relationship with your curves, suddenly pregnancy makes you acutely aware of exactly how wonderful your body is. Then, fast forward a few months and pregnancy can make you feel handicapped. Your toe nails need polished, certain areas of your body have not been shaved in far too long, and your favorite shoes likely don’t fit. Not to mention the fact that along with your hips spreading…your nose does as well.

Pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc on your body and your moods. And up until the point you feel the baby move inside you for the first time, you are probably in a state of glee. From that point on, things start to become cumbersome and difficult, to put it nicely. However, you should try to spend as much time dwelling on the amazing adventure you are on rather than the fact that you have no clothes that fit. You should also, for perhaps the first time in your female life, realize that there is much more to you than what you look like and what size jeans you wear. And to make you feel better, know that you aren’t the first woman to look at herself in the mirror around the 7-8 month mark and break into tears from seeing itchy stretch marks, a poked out belly button, and swollen arms, ankles, and cheeks. This doesn’t mean you are a bad mother, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you are being selfish. The thing about pregnancy is that it happens so fast; it is hard to emotionally keep up with all the changes as they come.

This brings me to the next point. Pregnancy is fast. It doesn’t feel that way when you are in the middle of it and the third trimester seems to drag on for eons. But the end is near, and you will find that once you deliver there will be times when you will want to go back. Feeling your child move inside you, noticing their hiccups, hearing their heartbeat, and knowing that you are keeping a human life – your very own flesh and blood – healthy, safe, and warm is an amazing feat. Saved only for women, I might add!

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You also should take good care of yourself while you are pregnant. Never under estimate the benefit of eating healthy foods that nourish your body. The premeditated assumption that you will be consuming gallons of ice cream, pickles, chips, and chocolate are not necessarily true. You might crave things like tomato sandwiches, tuna fish, and water. The better you care for your body while you are pregnant, the less ‘extra’ weight you will gain, and the better you will feel body, mind, and soul. Another thing is to ignore the scale. When the doctor weighs you, refuse to look. As long as they don’t see a problem with your weight and the baby is healthy, the number on the scale will do nothing but depress you. Throw all that thinking aside!

The easiest way to learn to love your pregnant body is to exercise. Rather than capitalize on taking it easy, enjoy walks and use the awesome power of your mind to imagine life with baby. Keep yourself moving, which is extremely healthy for a pregnant woman, helps to eliminate stress. This will make your delivery much easier as well, and you will find that staying active during pregnancy makes the post partum days better too.

Along with that, admire all the new curves. Your hands will naturally gravitate toward your stomach. Talk to your baby, and remember that you are already a mother. In these months you are establishing a relationship with your unborn child, and it is proven that a fetus can sense maternal stress. When it all becomes too much to handle and you think you cannot go one more day…know that you can and you will. That is what mothers do; they persevere and roll with the punches. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience and staying in tuned with the fact that it is only temporary can help you learn to love all the stages and phases of your pregnancy.

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Learning to Love Your Pregnant Body

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  1. Profile photo of Heather Heather says:

    I looked at myself the other night and I thought, ” man I’m fat, no wonder my man isn’t attracted to me right now.” I realize that I am not fat, and that even the Dr. keeps telling me I’m small, but I keep bumping in to everything while misjudging how much room I take up. I feel sad sometimes because it’s harder to do just about everything, shaving is a joke, and I haven’t been able to tie my own shoes in a month. Other times I am happy because I am growing a beautiful little girl inside and that is an amazing thing. I guess this is all part of the deal, but it’s not easy in the third trimester.

  2. Profile photo of Shana Shana says:

    Right now I’m afraid of the stretch marks. I don’t feel sexy. I feel like a turtle on the back of her shell. I wish I could hide the belly better and not be an easy to point out pregnant lady.

  3. Profile photo of Eva Eva says:

    I don’t dress like the average pregnant women. I was raised that your pregnancy should be a modest thing. So I wear clothing that doesn’t throw my belly out there. No tight fitting shirts {which cause stretch marks}. I wear flowing dresses. I love it!

  4. Profile photo of lisa lisa says:

    I-Mrs. Lisa griffin Has her tubes tied and my husband won’t get me preganant. Can I get pregnant with my tubes tied? Just wondered. Does any one know my question? If you do :please answer ok? thank you Mrs. Lisa griffin Madison,WI. 53713

  5. Profile photo of Alanna Alanna says:

    Sometimes I want to suck it in! Other times I want to flaunt it.

  6. Profile photo of kim kim says:

    i want to feel better about my body than i do. i try to think of the fact this is a wonderful thing but i cant help but feel like im the ugliest ive ever been. i used to get picked on in high school and that was hard but now im pregnant and my boyfriend is beginning to act much more differently towards me. he used to be the most affectionate man to me but now he barely touches me now. im not saying hes mean or anything but i feel like he doesn’t find me attractive anymore. on a daily basis i cry now about this and when i talk to him about it he says he thinks im beautiful but it feels more like something he has to say rather than something he feels.

    • Profile photo of Eva Eva says:

      Hey! My husband was the same way. He had to adjust to the thought of someone else coming into the picture. But when he saw our baby girl on the monitor and heard her heart beat he fell in love and we were close again. Sometimes the thought of you being pregnant scares them more than it scares you!! haha

  7. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    Everyone else makes me feel more self conscious about my body. One woman asked me the other day if I was having twins, but two days later a completely different person was asking if I was sure that I am as far along as I am because I am so small. So I’m learning to just not listen to other people and instead just try and be comfortable with myself. If the doctor doesn’t see my weight as being a problem then I shouldn’t either.

  8. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    With all the stretch marks all over my tummy, sides and behind – I do love being pregnant. And I want to have one or two more if God permits!

  9. Profile photo of Lynna Lynna says:

    i love that i am having a baby dont get me wrong but i was on a diet right b4 finding out i was pregnant so it was a bummer. and a blessing! now i am ovewrweight even more lol at 6 months!

  10. Profile photo of kasi kasi says:

    I also have mixed feelings about my body. I feel very blessed to be having this baby and for my pregnancy to be going so great. But I am feeling a little self conscious about my appearance, again I am very happy to have actually have gained weight but at the same time I feel like I need to not gain anymore . I will be 31 weeks on sunday and have gained almost 20 lbs. I weigh 118 pounds. Hopefully the weight gain will slow down a little ;).

  11. Profile photo of Karleen Karleen says:

    I love when my baby is more gently. It makes me think about what he will be like when he is out. I love my pregnant body too.

  12. Profile photo of joyce joyce says:

    There are days I love being pregnant and there are days that I feel like a whale. My husband says he loves me being pregnant and jokes with me to try to get me comfortable with me getting bigger. It is my own issue that I have to deal with but the more my baby bump grows the more I hear from friends and family how big I’m getting.

    • Profile photo of vanthy vanthy says:

      I have similar feelings. One day I feel good about my growing baby bump and the next day I feel like A heifer, heavy and fat. I notice ppl staring then quickly look away. It reminds me of how big I’m getting. 3rd preg and still not comfortable with preg body.

  13. Profile photo of victoria victoria says:

    Sometimes I feel happy in my pregnant body and with my baby bump and other times I feel so unattractive. My husband says he loves the way I look right now but I can’t wait to have this baby and tone up and flatten my stomach so I can feel better about myself. I’m not doubting that he still finds me attractive but there’s no way a guy can look at a pregnant chick the same as he looks at a fit one with a flat stomach.

  14. Profile photo of Dario Dario says:

    I love her pregnant body

  15. Profile photo of ProudMomma ProudMomma says:

    So ready for this to be almost there!!

  16. Profile photo of ProudMomma ProudMomma says:

    I dont think I’m big to say I’m 7 months . . . I have gained three pounds this far . . . haven’t felt a lot of pain . . . I’m loving it!!

  17. Profile photo of debbie debbie says:

    Pregnancy has made me beautiful.. I’m now a pampered wifey…I feel great about this pregnancy body…the changes in the body make me feel the joy of the upcoming motherhood & I feel blessed. I have not taken care of my body & mind in such a serious & devoted way, as I’m doing now for my pregnancy. I got some dark patches over my neck & also underarms, which are due to hormonal effect. But otherwise I look great! I’m applying stretch marks lotion over my belly & breasts twice a day & I started this regime from my early pregnancy which helped me to prevent appearance of difficult stretch marks. Also remember to exercise regularly to maintain the elasticity of the skin. All the best to the mommies-to-be!!!

  18. Profile photo of Cassie Cassie says:

    I used lotion everyday every where to help with stretch marks and itchiness. Also yes there is a point where you look at yourself and cry it will happen after birth to because it will take a while for your body to look normal again

  19. im just about over being pregnant im tired of the stares and the itchy belly but i will miss the kicking and moving..

  20. I was so happy to reach the third trimester because I had gotten to the point were I actually looked pregnant and not fat.

  21. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I’m so ready to not be pregnant anymore.

  22. Profile photo of JessiLoveday JessiLoveday says:

    11 weeks and I’m already getting spider veins in my legs. Oh dear.

  23. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    There are days where I love my pregnant body, but some days I just can’t wait to be thin and fit again! Lol so it’s a love hate thing going on with my body 😛

  24. Profile photo of Aiden Aiden says:

    I love my body! Just not the face

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