You truly never understand the impact of pregnancy and body image until you’re immersed in it. Many women will experience body image challenges during one of the most beautiful times in their life. This is what to expect.
Before conception, we hear from our family and friends all the interesting and sometimes frightening changes that we will bear. I remember before I got pregnant, I thought that I was invincible. I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought I would be one of the odd people that would never have body image challenges during pregnancy. Boy was I wrong! I went up three-cup sizes and yes, I developed that postpartum kangaroo sack and all. I don’t say that to demean our bodies, but that is an honest example of how I felt my body looked.
During and after pregnancy, estrogen levels are at its peak as your body is ready to carry, deliver and nurse a baby. For almost 2 years your body will work (or has worked) to help your baby in healthy development.
Our culture has influenced us to believe that this is gross and disgusting. I can’t lie. There were times during my pregnancy when I felt gross since you tend to perspire in areas you never thought you would, but again this is the process of creating a healthy baby. Nothing good ever comes without a battle. Making a baby is a beautiful thing.
Here are some tips if you are having trouble accepting your pre or post baby body.
If you have tried these tips and you still feel very low and depressed, it’s time to talk to a doctor and get help. Depression is a common illness before and after pregnancy. This could be the reason for your poor pregnancy body image.
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