Bump or Bagel? Showing Earlier During Your Second Pregnancy
My favorite part of pregnancy is the bump. In the middle of the pregnancy insomnia, acid indigestion, aches and pains, and food aversions, the bump lets you know that you have a little buddy right there with you every day.
During my first pregnancy, I was super excited for my bump. I have a picture at 12 weeks pregnant – my third wedding anniversary – after a big meal at an Italian restaurant.
“My bump at 12 weeks!” I proudly proclaimed. I will admit that I walked around quite often touching my “bump” lovingly, and was quite offended when someone suggested I was arching my back in my picture. It wasn’t until about 35 weeks later that I realized what having a baby bump really meant.
As my second pregnancy rolled along, I started noticing tightness in my tshirt and skirts at a much earlier date than before. Of course, now I know just how big my belly will get, and this was nothing compared to 40-weeks-4-days-belly of three years ago. But, it was something. I took this picture after a delicious bagel breakfast.
A bigger part of me was just relieved that I didn’t have to avoid the stares of coworkers who were wondering just how many bagels I had for breakfast. Bump or bagel?
“Bump or bagel? It’s a mystery. I’m 12 weeks.” The comparison was small, but noticeable. That was a belly, no doubt about it. Part of me was a little disheartened because I wasn’t ready to give up my cute clothes just yet. A bigger part of me was just relieved that I didn’t have to avoid the stares of coworkers who were wondering just how many bagels I had for breakfast. Bump or bagel? Bump for sure.
Here are a few ways new mamas can embrace (and reconcile) bigger first-and-second trimester bellies:
- Extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes by investing in a great maternity bellyband. These soft and seamless Lycra bands are worn over unbuttoned jeans or skirts and look like an extension of a camisole or tank top. Maternity bands come in a variety of colors and in different price ranges, and are a great addition to a maternity wardrobe.
- Pick up some leggings. Luckily, leggings are a huge part of maternity fashion these days, and with fall on the way, they can be paired with cardigans, boots, and tunics to help you look stylish and feel comfortable. They’re like yoga pants, but you can feel OK going out to dinner in them.
- Change your thinking about your bigger belly and enjoy “looking” pregnant earlier.Your body is saying, “Girl, we got this!” and growing your little miracle. Enjoy the ride.
- Have that extra bagel. At least now, you can blame it on the baby.
Did you start showing sooner during your second pregnancy?