Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: The Modest Budget: Learning to Love my Pregnant Body

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Modest Budget: Learning to Love my Pregnant Body

Hi friends!
Can you believe that 3/5 of this outfit was clearanced, thrifted, or free??
Honestly, it doesn't mean I'm not discouraged about this growing girth of mine sometimes, but a couple of cute products always brings a little boost to the self-confidence levels.
Shirt: Target ($14.99) (I talked about this shirt here) // Vest: Forever 21 ($21.99) // 
(loving this similar top for $19.99, and eye-balling this $10 top!)
Skirt: Thrifted ($4.99) // Shoes: Crocs (clearance! $24) // Bag: Hand-me-down
Can't stop talking about these Crocs, I wore them ALL DAY and my pregnant feet were never sore! 
(such a big deal). They're a couple years old, but they have a new version... BUT they are less than $31 on Amazon! (Some of them are even less!
Most women I know loved being pregnant. As soon as they found out I was pregnant they would burst into their account of the joys of being pregnant. This made me so excited to experience it! I would find myself wondering - borderline daydreaming - about what my pregnant body would look like.
But I'm wondering now if these wonderful, encouraging women skipped over the details about what it was like to be pregnant with their first. It's such a transition! Everything is weird and unusual and uncomfortable, and so beyond anything I've ever experiencing.

Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely thankful to be pregnant. Being a mom is a lifelong dream! I can't wait to embark on the journey!
Sometimes it's just discouraging to outgrow another pair of pants and wonder if I'm ever going to fit in them again. Sometimes I scroll through maternity/breastfeeding products and just groan. Will I have to grieve the loss of all cute clothes??? Even going through these pictures I was kind of surprised at how big I actually looked.

But I'm also learning its a process that I can't expect myself to jump into. Yes, I have enjoyed watching my belly grow as evidence of my growing son. But there are still days I run into someone I haven't seen in 10 years and want to say "I know you can't tell yet, but I'm pregnant," just so they don't think I'm getting "fluffier" for no reason. (Hello, pride.) 
And that's ok, I just haven't gotten to the point where I've embraced it yet. I just need a little more time before this pregnant body and I are bff's.

Pregnancy is different than I thought it would be, but that doesn't mean its bad. It just requires a perspective shift. Pregnancy is still a privilege that not every woman gets to participate in. Children are gifts, and I don't ever want to be ungrateful.
I know that many of these struggles are stemming from a fear that I won't ever feel beautiful again, or feel like myself in my own body. But this is a part of God's plan, and God's plans are good. These plans for me, my family, my future "mom bod" are all greater and better than I could ever ask or imagine. 

So, cheers to mom bods and the proof that God is using us to bring something beautiful into the world!

Tell me, mamas,
what was this process like for you?
P.S. How are you rocking your bump?? I want to see those preggo outfits! Tag me at #TheModestBudget!

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  1. Love the pictures! Great post! I can really identify with you when I remember my first pregnancy. What surprised me the most was that I couldn't fit into my regular clothes right after my daughter was born. No one ever told me about that part. :)

    What they did tell me and what I can see in you from your pictures is that, "There is a glow coming from a pregnant woman. You definitely have that glow. I'm your neighbor at #FreshMarketFriday. Blessings!

  2. It's ok to not be totally all in regarding the changes in your growing body. Trust me everyone is not excited by being pregnant. You look great; I'm sure your positivity impacts how you feel.

  3. I think it's totally fine to bemoan your changing body/life even as you're excited to be pregnant. Your outfit here is really cute, by the way. I love the vest!!!