Firstly let me say that I am super excited about developing a baby.. and that will not change...!
What I am finding really hard is the changes to my body and my shape, that I really didnt expect to dislike. Previous to having a baby I was a size 10 UK, I wasnt a lean mean fighting machine, but I had tone and shape. I have struggled with my weight and my own body image for years, but I was getting much better.
Finding out I was pregnant, I started to realise that there is a bigger picture here, creating a little life, and less time to worry about my own image. Everyone has told me that they have loved their pregnancy body, with voluptuous boobs, and curves in all the right place.
Great! Except I dont feel like that, I was a 34E bust size, and that has, in 24 weeks changed to a 36G/H - (soon to be bigger), and squishy sides that make me look like a hippo. My legs and bum havent grown but my hips have, my boobs have, my arms stick out more because my boobs are bigger, and I am really having a difficult time in loving my pregnancy body. If I walk past a mirror with no clothes on, I avert my gaze.
Is it normal to feel like this? Does anyone else feel like a hippo? Like I said before, I love that I am growing a baby, and I know some of these changes are normal, but I just dont feel very pregnant, I just feel more like a mammal.
I know post birth, I can get back to the gym, and healthier eating and Weight Watchers, but does anyone have any guidance to help me feel better about myself during pregnancy.
How I feel impacts my relationship with my partner, as I want to be less intimate because I am embarrassed. I dont want this to continue...
Any advice ladies??