Is Pregnancy Beautiful?
Pregnant women are beautiful.
Or are they?
I will admit that I never felt beautiful as a pregnant woman. Sure, there were times, especially in my first trimester, when my husband would comment how gorgeous I looked or that I was “glowing,” but I highly suspect those compliments were derived more from the increased volume of two particular body parts under my neck instead of an appreciation for the beauty of pregnancy.
All of those stereotypes about pregnant women? How they are glowing Mother Earth’s, radiating peace and goodwill towards mankind?
I didn’t feel glowy—I felt sweaty.
I didn’t feel like an incredible part of creation—truth to be told, most of the time I felt gassy.
I didn’t feel like I radiated motherly love—I felt like I radiated a “Danger, May Knock Over Every Object In Sight” sign as I waddled around.
As miserable as I sometimes found pregnancy to be, however, I have to say that there really is something mesmerizing about a pregnant woman.
Maybe it’s in the way that she walks, a physical representation of hope for the future.
Or maybe it’s in the way that she gently and unassumingly touches her belly, even when no one is looking, already loving and caring for the little one inside of her.
Maybe it’s in the way that she looks longingly at the glass of wine or second cup of coffee, eschewing what could be for the greater good of her child.
It could be her profile; the way, perhaps for the first time in her life, she can freely and openly embrace the curves of her body, ignoring standards set by society, enjoying the freedom of not worrying if her stomach looks flat or remembering to suck it in.
But more than likely, we are drawn to pregnancy as a literal, living symbol of love. A mother’s choice to literally lay aside everything about herself—her carefully planned life, her career, her sleep, her very body—in love for another, someone she hasn’t even met yet. She guards her baby like a carefully kept secret within her, but the love of a mother cannot be contained.
And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.
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