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My Quickly Changing Pregnant Body

My pre-pregnancy body. I remember feeling like this photo was taken on a "fat day". Oh...if only!

I think that one of the most surprising/difficult things about pregnancy has been my quickly changing body.  I wrote awhile back about how I’ve always sort of struggled with body image.

I had a slow start with pregnancy weight gain.  At 18 weeks my doctor actually wanted me to see a nutritionist because I wasn’t gaining enough weight, but apparently I’m making up for lost time now.  My belly seems enormous to me and at 29 weeks I’ve finally had to break down and buy a couple of maternity tops, since the crop top look on my giant belly isn’t the most flattering…or weather appropriate.

Just shopping for maternity shops was mildly depressing.  I know it shouldn’t be a big deal, but it was hard for me.  All I want at this point is my pre-pregnancy body back – even though I never seemed to be satisfied with it at the time.  This is not to say that I’m not thrilled to be having this baby.  I am.  I know all of this will be worth it the moment I meet her.

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Now I wonder…

Once this baby is born and my body starts returning to a smaller state, will I finally be able to accept it?  I feel like I might have a new appreciation for my body after the baby comes.  Maybe I’ll be appreciative for what it’s capable of and for how it can change.  Maybe finally I’ll learn to love my body.

I wonder if any of you experienced something similar during pregnancy?

Did you have body hang ups?

Did you have  new appreciation for your body post-pregnancy?

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