Pregnancy and body image

Women struggle with body image from the day they’re born. Ok, maybe not that early, but it seems that way sometimes. Once you get your first Barbie doll, you start noticing your own figure and clothes. Not just toys, but social media has a big affect on girls of all ages. The desire to be skinny and sexy starts at a young age and never really goes away.

Fast forward a few years or decades and you’re having a baby. The most wonderful, joyous time of any mother’s life. The feeling of a growing baby in your belly is next to none. But with that comes a changing body. Most women gain anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy, and often feel and look overweight. A woman sacrificing her body for nine months is worth the lifetime of happiness, but sometimes it affects her in a negative way. She starts seeing just the negatives: the stretchmarks, the large belly, and the number on the scale. All of these things shouldn’t matter, but it is hard with the pressures of society to see a large body as beautiful.

And it’s hard to sacrifice ourselves for someone else. Even if that someone else is our adorable mini-me. Even if the sacrifice results in having a beautiful child. I think it’s important to focus on the more important things in life. Yeah, having a healthy body is important but we don’t have to downgrade how we see ourselves when pregnant. Pregnancy is a gift from God. Not everyone has the ability and blessing to have a baby. So, if you’re lucky enough to be pregnant, embrace it.

Love your body and love your baby.

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