Maternity Maxi Dress c/o Pink Blush Maternity
Having confidence in my body image is not something I excel at. I’m terrible at it, actually. Always have been. I wrote about this back when I was pregnant with Lark as well, felt the same when pregnant with Arlo and was feeling compelled to approach the subject again with this pregnancy.
There’s something about pregnancy though, for me anyway, that brings a wave of confidence and positive self-image. Sure, my body is changing and that’s difficult, especially when you have body image issues as it is. I feel like it has to do with feeling like my body is doing something for good. It’s growing and sustaining a life. My wide hips that I’ve always despised, give room for a baby to grow. My thick(er) thighs create a strong base to hold my body and the extra weight. My mama pooch and squishy belly are a a soft, warm place that is a home to our child for the next few months, while also giving a soft place to lay their head for my other two little ones.
Now that all sounds like I’m putting myself down, and I guess I am, but body positivity is hard, y’all. It truly is. The older I get I see how unimportant having that “bikini body” is, and how important having a “healthy” body is, whatever size that may be. It can be difficult to navigate, especially now with the rise of social media, “wellness” programs, supplements promising to help lose weight, clothing that is not made for every body type constantly put in front of us in ads and on the internet. But I embrace dressing the bump, even if that means my waistline is expanding by the minute. There’s a sense of pride that my body can do this, for a third time, and it feels good to show it off and accentuate it.
I’m trying to be better about my body. Some days, it’s just not worth the energy to repeat all of the negative things I don’t like about myself to myself. I’d rather laugh with my kids and just enjoy my day. I embrace pregnancy for the additional stress off of myself to lose weight or feel guilty about food and the number on the scale. I feel beautiful and feminine in a way that I’ve never felt before. I love being pregnant and dressing my body in pretty patterns, form-fitting silhouettes, waistlines that rise above to show my growing bump in all its glory.
Dresses like this Maternity Maxi Dress from Pink Blush Maternity make me want to twirl and hold that precious baby bump in my arms. Normally, I’d hesitate wearing this, unless it was a special occasion, because I’d feel the need to dress up, put on the tightest spanks, feel self-conscious that all of my lumps and bumps are showing. How stupid does that sound?! In pregnancy, I wear it with absolute pride and delight, even to the grocery store. Every day should be a special occasion because it is. Life is short, wear the dress, or the red lipstick, or the bikini, in pregnancy and beyond and own everything that is you…regardless of what society tells you is right or wrong. I love Pink Blush as well for embracing every body type in their clothing range with sizes for both maternity and non-maternity.
I’ll keep wearing this beyond pregnancy, and will continue to wear it in pregnancy, because it’s beautiful and comfortable and I am beautiful and comfortable.