There has been a lot of talk lately about body confidence. Giovanna Fletcher did an incredible Instagram post recently stating her views on body confidence and real bodies. It pretty much summed up how I feel on the matter except not about myself or my own body. I’ve never been hugely ‘body confident.’ I’d love to be one of these women that can be any size large or small and just feel great in their own skin. I could be a size zero and I’d still critique myself. I could have plastic surgery giving me designer body parts and I would still question my image. It’s an underlying issue I and a lot of women have. However, since becoming pregnant my self-esteem has completely hit the floor and I have to admit I have zero body confidence in pregnancy.
Zero Body Confidence in Pregnancy
Pregnancy hasn’t been kind to me. Emotionally I have been through the wringer. I have contended with bereavement, incontinence and attended numerous mental health appointments. For some women pregnancy makes them bloom and blossom. They just glow in a way only a pregnant woman could. Not me though because I have zero body confidence in pregnancy. I hate my bodies shape. The changes my body is going through like my hips widening, my thighs are larger and I am holding onto weight like I’m hibernating for the worst winter in history. My hair is dull, my skin is bad and I’m bloated in places I didn’t know possible. I look entirely different to pre-pregnancy and that’s hard to accept.
There are women in my peer group having bump photoshoots – capturing memories and moments. I can’t think of anything worse because I have zero body confidence in pregnancy. I feel like a hippo, in a paper bag next to a flock of beautiful swans. I’m not worried or being hard on myself after all I am growing a baby and this is how my body copes but I still have zero body confidence in pregnancy. I have no desire to be in photographs or model clothes or even appear in front of a group of people because despite pregnancy being beautiful for some people that’s not how I feel at all.
Almost at the Finish Line
I’m 32 weeks pregnant which means I have a mere eight weeks to go. My body won’t bounce back overnight. I’ve talked before about my weight journey and starting Slimming World and this is something I will pursue again when the baby is settled. The trouble is I’m not sure if I just have zero body confidence in pregnancy or life in general. The issue runs far deeper than I first believed and when I have less to contend with I’m going to really work on myself and feeling better about who I am and the skin I’m in.
How was your body confidence in pregnancy? Do you have any tips on how to be more body confident?
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Hey Sophie. I get you, totally. I have ante-natal depression, never felt that “glow” everyone talks about, hair drier than it’s ever been, paper skin peeling all the time (what a change from my normal oily skin!) And generally feel pretty rubbish.
That said, every time I see my bump, or touch my bump, I love it. I’m huge. It’s awkward as hell. I don’t fit in clothes, even maternity ones fit badly. But I love my huge, enormous bump- I feel it’s the first time I can wear figure hugging clothes freely and not give a hoot about my lumps and bumps. I’m not eating crazily, but it’s been liberating genuinely not caring if my clothes show off the odd profile my hips have, or clinging (which I used to hate).
Hopefully you can work through your body confidence issues, and at least find one part of your body you love, that makes you feel unstoppable. You don’t have to be beautiful, or perfect, you just have to be your own you. Looking forward to following your journey!
Aw Emma thank you so much for taking the time to comment your words mean such a lot xx