I'm currently 15-1/2 weeks pregnant and this photo was really hard for me to take....
I'm sure you have seen them....the pregnancy progress pics where the mama-to-be is smiling so big and excited to see her tummy grow....Well, I've struggled to be like that...
My policy is authentic honesty....and I'll be honest...these body changes have not been easy on me.
My brain tends to absolutely fear fat (remnants of the past ed) and the weight gain changes of pregnancy without the obvious baby bump in my case have been really hard on my self-esteem.
The funny thing is...I thought I was really good at the body confidence thing for myself...turns out, I just hadn't been challenged in a while.
So lately my brain has been filled with thoughts of shame about the weight I have gained and this is only compounded by the constant barrage of ads I see saying things like "don't look pregnant from the back" or "eat only 300 extra calories a day!"...."advice" that isn't helpful at all....in fact is actually harmful....Why?
Because the needs of each pregnant mama are unique...including my own needs....and trying to tell us that we need to eat and look a certain why actually makes us feel crappy (well at least it makes me feel crappy!)
Maybe I wasn't adequately prepared for the amount of "Advice" I would receive....or maybe it's just my fears of not doing things right that have caused this torture around my weight but, regardless, I'm choosing to do something about it and fight back in my own way.
First, I want you to know that if you feel this way...YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Next, I'm embarking on a photo challenge to combat this image portrayed online and in the media about what a "perfect" pregnancy looks like...
Each day I plan on taking photos of me...real and unfiltered...celebrating my body and the amazing things it is doing....and it starts with this picture!
Let's show the world that imperfection is beautiful there is NO one-size-fits-all look for women.
Will you join me on this challenge? Let's celebrate our bodies instead of trying to force them into looking like some sort of photoshopped ad!
Comment below if you will join me! Tag your photos ith the hashtag #photochallengeaccepted
P.S. this isn't just for pregnant women....feel free to join in if you want to tell your inner body critic to take a hike and start to celebrate the amazing body you have! Please share this so more women can begin to celebrate the amazing body they have too!
- Megan V.