When I found out I was pregnant with my son back in 2007 I was over the moon excited! I’ve always wanted to be a Mom and I immediately went out and bought a ton of books and dreaming about baby all of the time.
The one thing I didn’t do was take belly shots. I would read about it on different baby message boards and in my baby books on how it was such a fun way to document your pregnancy but I just couldn’t do it. I was already overweight and didn’t feel confident in the way I looked. Throughout my whole pregnancy I kept thinking there is no way that I even look pregnant so I didn’t want pictures taken of myself and it’s one thing that I really regret.
Once, about 2 months before I was due with my son, I was shopping in Babies R Us and got asked if I wanted to do a free maternity picture. I was happy that “Yay! I looked pregnant and not just overweight” but I was still hesitant to get it. Looking back, I’m glad I did because I think it’s a beautiful shot.
Going through the rest of my pictures from when I was pregnant with my son, I could only find one other picture that has my growing belly and it’s not even a side profile shot.
Growing a baby in your belly seems like a magical thing and I regret that I didn’t take monthly pictures of myself with my son – and it was all because I was self conscious of how I looked and thinking I didn’t actually look pregnant. I really wish I had documented that special time in my life!
When I found out I was pregnant with twins, part of me hesitated to do the monthly belly shots again because I didn’t want this pregnancy to have something that my son’s didn’t. Eventually I decided to go ahead and do it and I have to say, I’m glad I did! It’s been fun watching my belly grow over these past 9 months while carrying the twins.
I know that plus size pregnant women aren’t the only ones hesitant to get their pictures taken during pregnancy. Our bodies are drastically changing but they are doing an amazing thing – carrying new life!
If I can give any advice to someone who is pregnant, it’s to document your growing belly! You won’t regret it!