Body Image in Pregnancy

by | Mar 7, 2018

I’ve been having a lot of thoughts during this pregnancy. Ha.

Specifically, about body image. About my body. About its’ physical response this second pregnancy and the differences I’m noticing in my mental response to all of that.

Yesterday, I did a live chat on Facebook and Instagram to talk through what I’m experiencing. You can view the full talk by clicking the button below.


In my first pregnancy, my body was small. I could have hid the pregnancy until close to my third trimester.

This time, my body is much bigger. 

Not just my belly. My whole body. At this stage, I’m almost 24 weeks. I’m carrying at about the size I was at 34 weeks of my first pregnancy.

It’s very different. It’s forcing me to do some consistent, necessary mindset work to ensure I stay in a healthy place in my relationship with my body.

And, my relationship with bigness and fat. Through this pregnancy and, perhaps more importantly, in my prep for postpartum.

We’re currently vacationing in Florida. Been spending a lot of time in bikinis. A few days ago, my husband casually mentioned, “Hey! You have back rolls!”


I do. He’s right. For him, this is a comment of interest and of endearment. He loves watching whatever my body is doing.

My constant goal is to be ok with the changes my body goes through. And, not just ok, but really INTO IT.

If my body stays bigger forever and ever after this pregnancy that needs to be ok. It needs to be ok for me to be in my body and in my life.

I refuse to spend this pregnancy thinking about how I can lose weight eventually. That’s not a healthy place for me to live.

Being bigger is an option that exists for my body.

As always, I love to hear your responses to these notes! Can you relate to any of this? Are you living through/have lived through similar things? 


Ps. The video recording where I chat through this more is HERE.





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