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Feeling Good in Your Pregnant Body

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It's no secret that being pregnant can make you feel uncomfortable in your body. And I'm not just talking about the incontinence or hemorrhoids. (Yes, I said it.)  No matter what your normal pant size is, it can be absolutely depressing to watch your body morph into something you don't recognize. Believe me, it's a sensation I'm well familiar with. I typically gain 60 pounds in my pregnancies. Let that soak in for a second. Sixty. Pounds. But after going through it a few times I finally find myself with a better outlook on pregnancy and my body. So, I thought I would share a few "Feel Good About Yourself" tips just in case you needed a little pick me up today.


GET YOUR MIND RIGHT
Before I start sharing tips on clothes or makeup let's address what the base problem is. Your state of mind. When you look at yourself in the mirror or a photograph, you don't recognize the woman looking back at you. But that's ok! That woman in the mirror, is creating life where there was none. She's a badass. Even if she pees a little when she laughs. So, get to know her and love her.

Think about this: Your current weight and appearance. If you saw any other woman that looked like this out in the real world, would you judge her for her outward appearance. (For the sake of argument and humanity let's all say "No".) Of course you wouldn't. So why are you judging yourself so harshly? Your new look is different. But, it is not less than. It is just as beautiful and wonderful as it's always been.

DRESS FOR YOUR NEW BODY

Learning to dress for your body type is a valuable and tough skill to master whether you are pregnant or not. It took me 20 + years to realize that my 40 inch hips and flat chest were not going to pull off the same clothes that my athletic bodied besties could. It was a tough realization that took a lot of unfortunate fashion choices to embrace.

So what's the trick? Identify the parts of your body that you love and the parts that you wish you could trade with a Victoria's Secret model. Show off assets and hide the rest with loose fitting and/or dark fabrics.

I love my bump and the fact that I now have a semblance of a chest. But, I could do without the extra width and jiggle in my hips and legs. So, I wear tight clothes with a long line cardigan or coat to camouflage my hips. Voila.



FIND SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL SEXY

Hair, Nails, Shoes, Jewelry... whatever it is. If there is something that never fails to make you feel put together and fancy, then make an effort to fit that into your day whenever you can. For me it's makeup. My hair will be in a pile on top of my head and I may be wearing leggings and a sweater most days, but I love making time for makeup. The application process relaxes me and having it on always makes me feel a little more like myself.

(I understand that time and money are legitimate factors when it comes to some of these suggestions, but if you can comfortably manage it, then go for it!)


KEEP IT MOVING

With Hudson and Holland, I literally had no energy whatsoever. And by the end of both pregnancies I felt like a beached whale. But, with this pregnancy, I've continued to work and also chase after two young kids. My days include a lot of getting up and down off the ground and lifting small humans, so I'm still getting at least some minimal exercise. And I honestly feel a million times more energetic because of it. The really great part is that energy is also super helpful for accomplishing my first three tips!

You don't have to go to a gym, but continue to make an effort to get a walk in or play hard with the kids rather than phoning it in. (Window shopping at the mall is also fun exercise when the weather is bad.)



Hopefully some of these tips were helpful! Let me know if you have any other tips on feeling good during pregnancy!

P.S. If you have the scoop on any good black friday deals for baby/pregnancy stuff, let me know! I've been scoping out the Bed Bath and Beyond sale for nursery and home items and already found some great deals on cribs and gliders.

Happy Wednesday Y'all!! 😘

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