I have been getting asked a lot this pregnancy (by friends who know me really well) “What changed?”. They ask this because for anyone who knows me, it’s downright weird to see so many revealing pictures of me on my social media. Before having a baby I was much more modest about what I wore and certainly a hell of a lot more so about what I posted. So why am I all of a sudden down to show the world my changing bikini-clad body?
Because it’s a freaking miracle. I have this whole new respect and love for my body now. I can grow humans, perfect little humans. So while I used to be self conscious of every extra pound or little mark, I now celebrate them and am so grateful for them. We all have body hang ups, and they’re totally personal and individual. So before you judge another momma or momma-to-be, remember she’s almost certainly struggling with the same things you are- just in her own way. Also remember, judging is for the Olympics and assholes.
I am amazed by what my body can do every day, and rather than be embarrassed of how it is changing, I want to document and celebrate it. And in doing so, I have been treating my body much better this pregnancy than the last. These pictures document the beginning of our new child’s life, the very beginning. I for one don’t think they’re revealing, I think they’re proof that women are strong. And amazing.
So why share this? Because I think it’s really important that we learn how to love our changing and growing bodies and be grateful for those changes- because without them, we wouldn’t have our Tiny Loves. Trust me ladies, there are changes that I could live without! But I’m actively trying to be thankful for every single one, because they all serve a purpose.
So if you’re not into super pregnant bikini pics, I suggest you stay off my social media for another week or so 😉