In just a few days I will be in my eighth month of pregnancy, and there is no denying what is going on. My belly has gone from basketball to beach ball, I'm constantly reminded of my little passenger by kicks and punches, and, much to my dismay, I've started to slow down.
In spite of all that, I actually feel pretty good about my appearance. Just like when you're not pregnant, the right attitude and certain lifestyle choices can make all the difference in how you see yourself when you walk by a mirror.
I choose to focus on the positive
There is no question that being pregnant has its drawbacks, and if I thought about it, I could rhyme of a dozen things about my body that are gross, unattractive or uncomfortable. Instead, I try to regularly take notice of all the great things about my appearance as a result of the pregnancy, like great skin, better hair, and strong, shiny nails. And although all the extra fluid can leave my feet swollen at the end of the day, the upside is that my normally scrawny butt has taken on a more feminine round shape.
I do things that help me feel good about what my body can do
Staying active during my pregnancy not only makes me feel good physically, it also makes me feel good about myself. When I first became pregnant I tried to keep up my usual workout routine and it left me feeling tired and inadequate. But then I discovered a pre-natal pilates DVD that was not only a great workout, but also left me feeling strong and graceful. I also attend a weekly pre-natal class, which is not only suited to my body but also connects me with other women going through the same changes that I am. And I have continued my daily walk to work, although I have had to slow down the pace.
I don't slack off on personal grooming
With all the weird and wacky changes to my body, this is not the time to just roll out of bed. Prior to pregnancy, I was off the opinion that a great body was the best fashion accessory you could have. After all, great legs look good with every outfit. But with little chance of rocking a toned physique these days, I try to make a point to wear clothes that flatter the state of my shape and I don't leave the house without putting on a little bit of make-up, even if it's only lip gloss.
Lucky for me, people are generally very complimentary to pregnant women, so I don't have to go too long without an ego boost. I also have a very supportive partner who still finds me beautiful despite being "sooo pregnant". At the end of the day, no matter what goes on with my body, it's a small price to pay to be a mother. But I'd be lying if I said I would prefer to be a cute mom.