I’m just going to open up real quick about something I’ve struggled with my entire life- body image as well as some current struggles.
My entire life has been a battle between big/small, eat this/don’t eat that, my stomach will never be flat/ maybe a flat tummy is possible, and so on... Let me tell y’all. This pregnancy has just blown everything out of the water. Week by week, I’m watching my stomach grow (and really everywhere else too) and it has been HARD. There I said it. It’s been hard. Everyone I’ve told that I’m having a hard time watching my body change has said, “You’re growing a little life, be proud of that bump,” or “Okay, well you’re just going to have to get over that because your baby is worth it.” I get that, I know that, I love my baby and I wouldn’t want this any other way but that doesn’t take away from how hard it is.
My whole life has been largely about keeping my stomach as deflated as possible and now it’s about to get larger than a basketball.
For someone that has struggled a lifetime with body image and a touch of body dysmorphia, body changes in pregnancy or anything really, is really difficult.
Day by day, I’m embracing the changes and really starting to love them. But this takes time and that’s okay! I’m so happy to be the vessel my baby needs to grow and come into this world. That really does make it all worth it. 💗
So my PSA for today is, when someone comes to you and says they are feeling down about their body, no matter the case, just understand that you might not be able to understand or empathize with them, but just offer them words of encouragement on how you see them and how the Lord sees them. Loving truth and encouragement is the best medicine. 💪🏼