Yup that’s right! I’m (almost) 24 weeks pregnant and LOVE being in a bikini (The bikini pictures in this post were taken at 22 weeks pregnant, FYI). Honestly I never thought I would be able to say that about myself. I have never felt 100% confident in a bikini. Not pre-pregnancy – that’s for sure. But now I love that I can just let everything hang out. I feel beautifully curvy and womanly! I feel like this is how my body is supposed to look! And who do I have to thank for this new found love for myself – my child. My beautiful, precious baby. This baby has given me so much already and I only hope I can give it back – plus more! (I’m totally crying as I type this btw)
It’s so funny because before I got pregnant, I dreaded how I would feel once my body started changing (Plus I had a rough first trimester that you can read about HERE). I heard all the horror stories form other moms and it just wasn’t something I was excited about. Look, I say all this full on knowing that I am about to get A LOT bigger! Yes, I have a round belly now, but I’m only 24 weeks. This baby has a lot of growing to do and so do I! But right now, all I know is what I’ve experienced this far – and so far, I feel BEAUTIFUL. And that’s not a word I use when describing myself. Is it vain to use it now? Maybe. But I don’t care cause it’s how I feel. And I want to hold on to this feeling for as long as I can.
To be honest with all of you I rarely look in the mirror and think I am pretty. I know that sounds so stupid to say out loud. To quote Elle Woods in Legally blonde, I know I’m not “completely unfortunate looking” but I usually pick myself apart when I look in the mirror most days. I hate even admitting that, but it’s the truth. That said, I don’t let that feeling control my life. I know I have so much more to offer than how I look. I truly believe I am intelligent (even thought I am TERRIBLE at grammar – ha!), I know I’m a loyal and good friend, and I think I can be pretty witty when I’m on top of my game. Those are the things that I truly like and value about myself. I want to make that clear because I don’t want young women reading this to think that we all need to look in the mirror think we are beautiful. I do however, look in the mirror and choose to love myself regardless of the fact that I wish my nose was cuter, my eyelashes were longer, and my forehead wrinkles were gone. Anyway, I’m getting off track here. My point is I feel beautiful pregnant!!! And I truly feel blessed to feel this way.
Sometimes I think the pregnancy fairies are giving me a break because the first trimester was so terrible for me. It’s like all the fairies got together and said “well we made this women feel like absolute hell for 3 months in the first trimester so let’s make her second trimester really easy, Oh! And let’s make her feel really pretty too!” HA! Thank you pregnancy fairies! I appreciate it 😉
So there you have it. I am 10 lbs heavier than I normally am, my jeans don’t fit, and I waddle when I walk, but man do I feel beautiful. And THAT my friends, is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
Let’s all discuss this in the comments below. Did you feel beautiful when you were pregnant? What do you see when you look in the mirror – pregnant or not pregnant.