This past holiday weekend my husband and I headed to fabulous Las Vegas for our babymoon, and a chance to relax and read all weekend at the pool. Being 25 weeks pregnant, this vacation presented a few different challenges in figuring out what to pack and how to dress for a pool vacation with a large new stomach accessory.
A few weeks ago I went shopping for maternity suits, and found most of them to be unflattering, ill-fitting, and covered in horrendous patterns and ruffles that would make any body type look ridiculous. I ended up buying one maternity tankini and one regular tankini, and figured I’d make the best of it at the pool.
But the minute I hit the pool chair, I felt like I was draped in fabric and hiding myself for no good reason. Why was I so hesitant to show my big beautiful belly?
I ended up borrowing a bikini top from my sister the next day, and pairing it with my tankini bottoms to create my own two-piece. I went shopping that night to get a new bikini, and I felt like a million bucks the next day at the pool with my bump on display for all to see. More importantly, I felt like myself again. Pregnancy is interesting in that sometimes I wake up or go to roll over, and remember that I’m in this body that I don’t always quite recognize or realize is mine. By wearing a big bathing suit that I would never normally have chosen, I was only adding to those feelings of strangeness and unfamiliarity.
I will admit that I was a little nervous and self-conscious when I first revealed my big belly at the very crowded Vegas pool. I definitely noticed more than a few stares and second glances. But I also noticed a lot of smiles, and a few people even stopped to tell me that I looked great. I quickly realized despite all the massive fabric and distracting prints of most maternity wear, being pregnant is definitely not something that should be hidden, but rather something to celebrate!
For 25 weeks I have worked hard to have a healthy, active, and fit pregnancy. And while my body certainly doesn’t feel or look like it used to, I absolutely love it in entirely new and different ways. I’m already looking forward to our beach vacation next month, and planning to pick up a few new two-pieces just for the occasion.
Check out more pics of these radiant and proud mamas: Celebrity Moms in Bikinis!