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Body Confidence In Pregnancy

I've made it no secret that I've struggled with body confidence - I've actually written a whole blog post about it here. I was speaking to one on my friends about body confidence the other week, and that I never in a million years would have guessed that I would feel more comfortable in my pregnant body than I have in my ‘normal body’ in years! I thought it would feel uncomfortable (and I know I still have a long way to go yet!) and almost like an 'out of body' experience, but actually I feel more confident pregnant than I normally do. You can stick your belly out for the world to see and it’s seen as cute/amazing/wonderful rather than something to change…



I also have a new found respect for my own body - I actually cried after my first scan because I was so proud of my body for being able to grow a human! I’m seeing my body in a whole new way and it’s not something I ever expected to happen, but I’m loving it and hope this feeling stays!


If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant, I’d love to know your thoughts on this! Did your body image change during or after your pregnancy? Was this in a positive or negative way?

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My body image of myself definitely changed in a negative way after pregnancy. I used to hate the way I looked prior to being pregnant. Always thought I was too skinny and would do anything to gain more weight. When I got pregnant I was eating for two and was extremely swollen. Months after having my son, the swelling went down but I was still very heavy in certain places. It’s funny how now I look back on the days where I wanted to be bigger and wish I was that size all over again! Pregnancy and motherhood is a funny thing sometimes


Love, Willow | www.lovewillowblog.com

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Jemma
Jemma
Apr 05, 2022
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Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that it's affected you in a negative way! Hopefully you'll be able to find your confidence again x

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Guest
Mar 20, 2022

loved this post! Body confidence especially during pregnancy needs to be talked about more. We need to celebrate the changes of our bodies and know how amazing the human body is for going through something like this! You are beautiful girl!

B | mind-beauty-simplicity.com

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Jemma
Apr 05, 2022
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Definitely! If I'm honest, I never really gave it a second thought until I became pregnant, but our bodies are incredible! It also causes such trauma to the body and I hate that women are expected to 'bounce back' so soon after birth too... like you just created and birthed a whole human! Thank you so much B xx

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Guest
Mar 20, 2022

This is wonderful to read and I am sure it will resonate with many who are going through the same -- thanks for sharing!


Molly | transatlanticnotes.com

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Jemma
Jemma
Apr 05, 2022
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Thank you so much Molly! I thought it was important to share my journey with it, especially as I've struggled with body confidence in the past x

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Guest
Mar 20, 2022

Pregnancy is an incredible journey and I’m glad you loving you new body. Thank you for sharing such a positive post

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Jemma
Jemma
Apr 05, 2022
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Aww thank you so much! It really is such an incredible, magical, wonderful and terrifying journey all at the same time x

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Guest
Mar 20, 2022

This is such a lovely, positive post. I haven't been pregnant but can imagine I'd struggle with the changes, so it's great to hear a more positive take.

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Jemma
Jemma
Apr 05, 2022
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Ahh thank you! I really thought I would struggle too, having had body confidence issues previously, but I've been pleasantly surprised! x

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