Can we have a raise of hands? Who loves their body? Yeah, we all have some issue. If there is any part of your body that you are not enamored with-your hips, your thighs, your butt, your arms, your legs, whatever-chances are you will not suddenly love it more just because you're pregnant. Unless it's your boobs. Those you might like more. Unless you were a DD pre-pregnant. Then maybe not. I feel comfortable using the Kardashians as examples because, well, because they sort of volunteered for it, no?
And they look good, yes? No? I think that they look good. I also don't think that they look "perfect". And I love that.(And they look maybe a little photoshopped? Kim always looks that way to me. Or not.) If either one was me I'd be critiquing myself. Which is sort of funny. I am not critiquing them. (Which is sort of funny, because usually I could critique the Kardashians for days!) The vast majority of us forget that the vast majority of bodies that we see in the media are digitally altered, that there is no way that we can look like that. Like. Literally. No way. That does not mean that we do not set that as our standard. And then we get pregnant! Yesterday was body image day at the shop. Oh, okay, everyday is body image day at the shop! First was the mom2b who came in and announced "My only good feature is my waist. I'm scr*wed." We are happy to say that she left singing a different tune, with a fabulous new set of clothes that placed emphasis on her new and "improved" waist, her clavicle and her ankles. Seriously. Then there was the mama with a 14 month old, but "Body Beyond the Bump" is a separate post! But, I will say this, she was straight up gorgeous. No way around it. Next in was a clinical psychologist, one who specializes in eating disorders, who was 17 weeks and 2 days pregnant:) She was a small, fit person, and very happy to be pregnant and shopping. She suggested a book: We haven't read the book, but we suggest it based on her suggestion, and, heck, just for the title! So, what's a pregnant woman to do?? Relax. Now is not the time to panic. Just grow that baby healthy. And take good care of mama. And get styled by people who understand and listen, who know what they are doing, and can help you feel the joy, and shed no tears. That's what we do, and we love it. There is nothing better than taking someone from tears to joy. No matter what your size or shape, you are beautiful. Challenge yourself to feel it. Embrace the bump. Celebrate! Let go of your insecurities and fears. It's good practice for parenting!! Need styling tips? Check Sarah out on Momipedia