I always thought that when a woman became pregnant, she grew a big round belly (and bigger boobs), and that's it. I thought every woman was the same, but that was until I started going to my weekly Prenatal Yoga class, and before I started getting comments about my own pregnant body. I didn't realize that pregnancy affects women differently, making big bellies, small bellies, flat bellies, round bellies, as well as maybe the not-so-desirable expanding tush, legs, arms, and swollen face and feet. We all grow our babies differently, and at first it made me self-conscious. I mean how could it not when people constantly were saying to me, "Wow, you're huge. Are you sure there aren't twins in there?!" Now I can see with this side-by-side photo of me and a good friend, both at the 30-week mark. We look very different, and I feel the unique way our bodies change and grow should be celebrated. Because you know what? We're growing a baby, and it's truly amazing that our bodies can do that.
So this is just a little reminder to all you mommies-to-be that have gotten not-so-sweet comments or are self-conscious about the way your body is changing. You are a unique individual who is growing an equally unique little one, and however pregnancy is affecting your body, it should be embraced.