One thing I never anticipated was how I would feel about myself during pregnancy, it really shocked me. Sure I’ve heard other people talk about how they felt, but my own experience was a little different. I actually found body confidence after my plus sized pregnancy. It’s taken me a very long time to say that I have body confidence but surprisingly pregnancy was the thing in my life that made me realise just how amazing my plus sized figure is and actually find confidence in myself.
I now have a happy and healthy 4 month old and I suppose it’s all thanks to him that I’ve rediscovered myself, my style and realised that I can be happy in my own skin. I was very lucky during my pregnancy, I had no morning sickness, no weird cravings and I had a straight forward delivery. I did, however, have to go through the additional checks because I have a higher BMI than the NHS recommend. One of these checks was a gestational diabetes test, which means starving for 12 hours, 2 blood tests, and drinking what I can only describe as a greasy Lemsip. My results were all okay and I then headed to the nearest drive through as being heavily pregnant and starving isn’t fun at all.
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I did struggle a little with body confidence during my pregnancy and I understand why so many women do. Everything was changing so quickly and soon your body looks completely different. One moment I was my usual size 18 and the next I’m waddling around trying to get comfy with a small planet attached to my hips. None of my clothes fit, I could only wear certain shoes and my skin erupted a lot which all left me feeling rather down and unattractive. Thankfully it didn’t last for long and it was all worth it.
I’ve learnt a lot about myself since I had my son but one thing I never expected to learn is how to love myself. I’ve been granted this new mummy belly, I’m a bit more wobbly and my curves are a bit softer but I grew a life. My plus sized body grew a human and I’m so proud of it.
Instead of worrying about my bum looking too big in a pair of jeans or worrying about a bit of cellulite, I’m going and doing things that a mere 12 months ago I just wouldn’t have done. I bought a swimming costume and I go swimming, mummy belly and all! I was asked to model in a 70’s style shoot for a local vintage shop and I did it! I no longer worry about what others think of me or feel I should only buy something if that’s what the stupid ‘rules’ tell me to wear.
I’ve decided to embrace life with my plus size figure and actually live life to the fullest. I don’t want to look back on my life and regret not going doing something because I was worried that someone might see a wobbly bit, because I’ve realised that my wobbly bits are amazing and together we are going to make up for lost time that we spent making each other feel bad for all those years!
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