Each day of pregnancy seems to bring new surprises and changes. As I made the slow transition from my first to second trimester, I felt like I woke up to see something new in the mirror every single morning.
I’ve written before about how it has been a slow adjustment to learn how to love my new pregnant body. Pregnancy has been such a blessing, and something I have wanted for so long. But that also doesn’t mean that it has necessarily been easy or always comfortable.
I realized recently that a big part of my problem was that I was inadvertently fighting the changes happening to me, continuing to wear all my old clothes that pulled and tugged in all the wrong places, and consequently I felt terrible about the way I looked. All it took was one little change to suddenly transform me from an uncomfortable and cranky pregnant lady, to a glowing mama-to-be who was proud of her growing bump…
After one particularly bad day of cramming into a too-small t-shirt, I grabbed my purse and headed out the door to Target. I spent about a hundred bucks, but after that shopping trip, I felt more like a million. Why did I wait so long to make the leap into maternity clothes?
I was already wearing nice maternity jeans and shorts that were big and comfortable, but for some reason I had a mental block against buying maternity shirts, assuming that you only really needed those once you had a sizable bump that people could ooh and ahh over. As I pulled on the shirts with the gathered sides and extra long fabric, I instantly went from feeling like a frump who didn’t really quite look pregnant, to suddenly loving my reflection in the dressing room mirror.
Pregnancy is an experience that I can’t compare to anything else. When you first find out you are pregnant, you immediately dive into reading and researching any and everything possible – wanting to soak up all the information you can. On the inside, you feel like your whole world has changed, but on the outside you look exactly the same. I remember wishing I could wear a sign that read “I know you can’t tell, but I’m actually pregnant.” For so long I was frustrated that I had this huge life change happening, but no one could see the difference.
And then came the day when my body actually started changing, and I suddenly longed for my formerly flat stomach and jeans that weren’t quite so snug. Now 21 weeks pregnant, I have passed the transitional “is she pregnant?” stage, and am in the blissful “look at my belly!” phase that will (hopefully) last until delivery. My advice to any new mom is to embrace the changes early. Maternity clothes are not an extravagance or an indulgence (although the price tags can be shocking!). They are a necessary accessory to a gorgeous body that is creating a new life! I only wish I had figured it out sooner.
Pregnancy is beautiful, and maternity clothes are designed for you to feel just that.
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