Post # 1
I’m 24 weeks and 4 days pregnant with my baby boy. First pregnancy and although I love it, it is hard on me viewing my body this way. I have stretch marks like you would not believe, funny thing it’s not even on my belly but on the sides. I have a double chin. My feet are so huge and a simple thing like painting my feet is impossible. I love my son but pregnancy has been taking a toll on my body. He is will worth it but I have to admit it’s going to be great to fit into my jeans with ease again.
I still want to document this all. But I’m not shelling out a few hundred to get photos taken that I probably won’t like.
I’m going to ask my cousin to take photos of me from a distant, like me not really looking at the camera, pretending to do daily things. Example: Getting ready in the bathroom, cooking in the kitchen, reading in my book nook. I’ll glam myself up and pretend to do these daily things and have her take shots from a far distant and probably do them all black and white.
Any other women want to share, please do.
Post # 4
I’m 18 weeks, so not quite where you are yet, but I definitely have moments where I miss my pre-pregnancy figure. I haven’t made the switch to maternity clothes yet so all of my regular clothes are unbearably uncomfortable. I just keep reminding myself that it’s temporary and will all be worth it.
I think having your cousin take some candid shots is a great idea. We’ve been doing the occasional belly shot and I know I’ll cherish them when I’m not pregnant anymore.
Post # 5
You are a trooper!!!! I made the switch of clothes at 15 weeks. Yes it will sooo be worth it!!
Thank you I’m hoping they come out well. Yes I’ve been taking a few shots as well it’s awesome when I compare them to when I was 8 weeks to now at almost 25 weeks.
Post # 6
I’m only 16 weeks and I’m at that awkward “blobby but no bump” stage so I can completely relate to this. Not one pair of my jeans fit anymore and so its yoga pants and maternity jeans and me scowling in a mirror at my blimpy self wondering when does the cute part of pregnancy begin…
Focus on the things you CAN control, like your hair or your make-up or your clothing and build confidence from there. I do my hair and make-up every day, wear my heels, and refuse to go near a scale now. And keep in mind its only temporary and it is completely normal and ok to NOT like everything about your pregnancy.
I bet your photos will turn out fabulous
Post # 7
Ohh I remember that stage!!! It was horrible because some people stare like is she pregnant or….? Lol it get’s better once you pop you’ll feel soo proud!!
See that’s my thing I loveee doing my make-up and hair but I’m always soooo drained to do it in the morning ugh I have to get back on my toes asap!!! And I go to bed at 8;30 and wake up at 6:40 that’s a lot of hours but I’m still forever drained -_-lol
but thank you so much I hope they give me a boost 🙂
Post # 8
@eecuadrado: The candid shots taken by your cousin sound like a super cute way to capture your pregnancy. I really enjoy taking my weekly bump photo with my chalk board and watching the babe grow. I don’t share them often (outside of the bee) I’ve maybe only posted 2 bump-dates on facebook but i do have an album iphoto called maternity & know that I’ll love looking back and seeing my pregnancy.
I’ve never really had body image issues (and i have my share of stretch marks on my butt/thigh area & was called fat as a kid) but i actually really get a kick out of seeing my naked pregnant body in the mirror. I think the human body is so amazing & that its wicked cool that I’m making life, I’m growing a baby. I’m usually super proud of my summer garden & my ability to grow veggies but a human, I’m growing a human, how cool is that?!? My boobs are a train wreck, I have stretch marks all over them and DH noticed last night that they are feeling hard (full of lots of colostrum) & i think thats pretty cool because it means baby will have food to eat when she gets here =)
Post # 9
Thank you 🙂 I’ve been taking photos as well and it very awesome to see the growth!! Isn’t it crazy to think “yeah there’s a baby in me” pretty awesome!
Post # 10
I feel you girl! I’ll be 30 weeks tomorrow, and as much as I am excited and love my baby girl already, I am so NOT in love with my body. It’s not the belly, I do love my belly, but my double chin, puffy cheeks, swollen feet and hands, larger than life calves?! I could certainly do without!
Post # 11
hahaha so you feel my pain!! The belly is so beautiful but everything else I’d like to pass on!
Post # 12
Ugh, don’t hate me girlfriend, please, BUT I have gained weight–but it’s all been in my tummy (I still fit into pre-pregnancy pants with the help of a tummy sleeve to keep my pants up). No stretch marks to show for it thank God. You, though, are WAY more confident than I. I do want some at home maternity photos, but no way would I take a bare belly one.
My face has definitely filled out though, and I feel like a waddle everywhere, so it is definitely hard to feel completely confident at this stage, whether I gained weight everywhere or not.
When I do maternity pics (which will probably be beginning of March or mid-March), I plan to just have DH take them for me and he can do some kick ass editing for me (it’s sad the music teacher can do better photo editing than the IT person–how the hell does that work?!)
To me, maternity pics are my least concern because I know they just going to go in a book. My wall will be covered with more pics of my baby, and the way I saw myself when I was pregnant won’t matter anymore to me.
Post # 13
I could never!! That’s awesome girl! I still fit in my jeans but it’s not comfortable at all. You’re sooo lucky!
Hahahaha your hubby is gonna put you in the best light that’s so awesome I bet their gonna look amazing! I can’t wait to see them! That’ll be your baby shower gift to me since my shower is in March lol
Yesss and I know those will be the cutest walls in your house!!
Post # 14
I am 20w5d and I just feel like a blob…a blob with something tickling my insides haha. I asked my SO if I am starting to look fat..I am not the type to ask that question but I just feel big and gross. You are not alone.
Post # 15
Well I am 13 weeks tomorrow (only) and already I’m starting to feel like a stranger in this body. Mostly because I just look fat at this point and not really pregnant. I always knew that the body changes would be hard on me as I have struggled with body image my entire life. I am terrified of gaining weight but at this point I am resolved to accept it with the best attitude possible.
Stretch marks don’t really bother me. I get minor ones, nothing too serious and even if I do I’m not the bikini body type so only DH is going to see them.
Post # 16
Aww I know EXACTLY what you mean by blob!