When you look in the mirror, you see your bright new stretch marks, the new layer of cellulite that spans across the backs of your thighs and slowly drooping bottom. You see your sagging breasts and growing belly. You see the “new” you.
There is no pregnancy glow everyone keeps telling you about. Your hair is limp and oily. Your skin is starting to resemble your high school pizza face photos. Does this sound familiar?
If indeed it does, i have great news for you… YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY NORMAL!!
I spent years and years dreaming about falling pregnant. I couldn’t wait to feel that first kick, and to (finally) buy the bigger bra to accommodate my new growing breasts.
As I progress in my pregnancy, I love to read about what is happening to me and my baby… of course, i am bombarded with pictures of beautifully slim women with the perfectly round and spotless belly. Gosh, I wish i could look like that… but the truth is- the chances of you, me or your neighbour looking like a pregnancy model are so slim they are almost non existent… just like our waist lines! 😉
As women, we spend too much time thinking about what we look like. We forget that pregnancy is about bringing a baby into the world. A HEALTHY beautiful baby should be our priority… not our growing behinds.
Ever since moving away from australia, i am disgusted with the amount of women who starve themselves during pregnancy to achieve that “perfect” magazine pregnancy image. These nine months should be spent eating, enjoying and getting ready for the new addition to your family. There is nothing worse, than seeing your newborn for the fist time and realising its malnourished because of you.
So, that being said here are some facts-
+ an extra layer of cellulite is a natural gain. This is supposed to happen. You will lose it after you give birth!
+ stretch marks happen to almost every woman. Embrace them!
+ rashes and ppups. Not fun, but much more common than you think!
+ brittle nails and hair? quite normal.. try taking some extra calcium/magnesium tablets!
+ new skin tags? don’t stress, they will most probably disappear after birth!
+ patchy skin? try taking some extra folic acid. studies show, pigmentation changes can stem from a folic acid deficiency.
We are so lucky to have the opportunity to have kids, I think we often forget it.
so, try to enjoy all your new body changes. ITS NOT PERMANENT!! 🙂
Hopefully you feel slightly better about yourself! Keep smiling and eat some chocolate… get the endorphins flowing!