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Not All Pregos Come in the Same Package

I always thought that when a woman became pregnant, she grew a big round belly (and bigger boobs), and that's it. I thought every woman was the same, but that was until I started going to my weekly Prenatal Yoga class, and before I started getting comments about my own pregnant body. I didn't realize that pregnancy affects women differently, making big bellies, small bellies, flat bellies, round bellies, as well as maybe the not-so-desirable expanding tush, legs, arms, and swollen face and feet. We all grow our babies differently, and at first it made me self-conscious. I mean how could it not when people constantly were saying to me, "Wow, you're huge. Are you sure there aren't twins in there?!" Now I can see with this side-by-side photo of me and a good friend, both at the 30-week mark. We look very different, and I feel the unique way our bodies change and grow should be celebrated. Because you know what? We're growing a baby, and it's truly amazing that our bodies can do that.

So this is just a little reminder to all you mommies-to-be that have gotten not-so-sweet comments or are self-conscious about the way your body is changing. You are a unique individual who is growing an equally unique little one, and however pregnancy is affecting your body, it should be embraced.

esweet esweet 5 years 49 weeks
I'm only 5'1, and I'm at 33 weeks and people assume I'm due any day. I haven't gained much weight anywhere but my belly, but my belly is HUGE because I'm petite and there is nowhere to fit the baby! arlingtonrache -- I started showing early and can't imagine being 30 weeks and almost no bump -- but the bumps are not comfortable at all so no need to have bump envy! I can't sit or lay down without my husband helping (pulling) me up!!
mstrauss mstrauss 5 years 49 weeks
You gotta wonder why people show so differently? I mean, our babies are all generally around the same size (especially at 30 weeks) so why is one woman's belly massive and the others tiny? I am 29 weeks now and I get alot of "the baby is coming soon" and "twins?" and it's just amazing to think that with 11 weeks to go, I already look like I am ready to give birth. So what is going on in my belly and why is my normal sized child making my belly looks so massive??
arlingtonrachel arlingtonrachel 5 years 49 weeks
Great I have been having the opposite experience...bump envy! I am 30 weeks and while I love feeling the baby kick and move around a true "bump" has yet to appear.
runningesq runningesq 5 years 49 weeks
So true !
emo_stacer emo_stacer 5 years 49 weeks
Thanks, Beaner. This is a really nice post.