Is Pregnancy Ruining Your Self Image?

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Maternity Photos might be the last thing you WANT to do if you are still struggling to understand and embrace your changing body, but it might just be the best thing you can do for yourself in a time when every decision and thought goes toward the well being of your baby. Admittedly, I don’t usually LOVE taking maternity photos because I have never been pregnant myself so I am not fully comfortable with instructing and reassuring mama’s when I have never been in there suddenly-too-tight shoes. But. Sam changed everything for me and my perspective on maternity photos when she was sweetly transparent about her struggles and the unexpected problem I helped her solve with a quick bump session. I hope you are encouraged by her words, mamas!

Positive self-image and pregnancy are sort of like oil and water - they don’t exactly mix, at least in my case. Pre-pregnancy, I was a petite woman with abs and a very positive view of my body. But as I have edged closer to the end of my pregnancy, I have struggled to view myself as the beautiful pregnant goddess I wanted to emulate. My boobs are twice as big, stretch marks are my newest accessory, and I honestly feel like a walking Violet Beauregarde-blueberry-monster. Just being truthful here. Despite the encouraging comments from others saying I am “glowing” or “look incredible pregnant”, it has been hard for me to come to grips with the changes my body is making despite knowing they have a beautiful purpose. 

Getting high quality, professional photos by Jill is probably the last thing a 37-week pregnant, body conscious woman would ever think to do… but I did it anyway. After seeing the incredible photos that were taken of me and my husband, my perspective completely flipped. Despite what I felt, what I saw in the photos was a woman carrying the miracle of life in her 4’11” body. I saw a woman who carried a child with grace and beauty. I saw a completely different version of my body, yes, but I saw someone who is gorgeous despite what she may be telling herself. I am so thankful to my incredible husband who has constantly made me feel sexy even when I feel ugly and puffy. And I am so thankful to Jill who captured the essence of my beauty, helped to boost my confidence, and truly made me feel like that bad-ass pregnant goddess I truly am!