Adjusting to My Pregnant Body
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My husband and I always laugh when we see a magazine cover exclaiming that a certain celebrity LOVES being pregnant and how her pregnant body makes her feel so beautiful. We laugh because my experience couldn’t be farther from that. My pregnant body makes me feel slow, heavy and cumbersome. Don’t get me wrong, I love what my body is doing and it amazes me every day but I am not going to be pretend I’m not slightly vain.
I’m not going to pretend that I’m not jealous of the person on the next treadmill running at 7.0mph. I am not going to pretend I don’t walk into JCrew sometimes to check out the pretty dresses. I am not going to pretend that I am not upset every time I step on the scale and dread the doctor weigh-ins. I’m not going to deny any of that because I have done or experienced all of it.
In an effort to adjust my mindset, I am trying different ways to embrace my pregnant body. I started taking Bar Method classes in order to strengthen my body to prepare for labor. Even though I have to modify a handful of the movements, I always leave the class feeling like I strengthened my core and pelvic muscles.
I continue to sign up for road races. Continuing to be a part of a community that I love and am passionate about has made me feel more like myself. Hormonal and body changes of pregnancy have left me feeling like I’m a foreigner in my own body but standing on that start line reminds me that I’m still me.
I already signed up for the January 1st Hangover 5k and am so excited about participating in the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k with other bloggers. Check out the details here... Steph @ Run for Fun and other bloggers organized the event. My 10k will not be all running but I am so excited for a new holiday goal!
I have fully embraced maternity clothes. I started off this pregnancy trying to keep wearing the clothes I already owned. Between a growing belly and a bust size 2x bigger than what I had before, my favorite outfits were suddenly too tight. Instead of getting upset and continuing to squeeze into the clothes, I packed them away and went for a shopping trip at Destination Maternity. I can not say enough good things about Destination Maternity. The women who work there are extremely helpful and patiently help you find clothes that embrace the belly and make you feel good about yourself again. I have bought 3 dresses for the holidays and countless pants & sweaters. The Gap & Old Navy maternity doesn’t fit me as well as the Destination Maternity clothes.
I have never been a girl who likes to get her hair or nails done but this pregnancy has made me wanting to look better in areas I can control. I get my hair cut or blown out at least once a month and get my nails done before any special occasion. I am getting my nails and hair done on Christmas Eve…can’t wait.
How did you adjust to your pregnant body? Did you love being pregnant?
December 21, 2011
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