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MY CHANGING BODY | PREGNANCY + BODY IMAGE

Friday, August 26, 2016
As I write this post, I am 18 weeks and two days pregnant and I am still so grateful to be able to be on this crazy, whirlwind of a journey, I really am. As I write this post, I look down and see the little bump protruding from my abdomen, which I know is where my little bundle of joy is all snuggled up. As I look up at myself in the mirror, I see me, but I also see a body that I do not recognise.
If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that body image is something that I've struggled with on and off for the longest time. If it's not my arms that i'm battling with it's my stomach and if it's not my stomach then it's my thighs. I'm pretty sure most people will have specific parts of their body that they're not completely satisfied with and I for one am struggling with my growing body.

I think pregnant women that express negative feelings about their body often get judged massively, but if something is bothering you or getting you down, you should definitely speak up about it. When I found out that I was pregnant, I knew that my body would change and grow, I just didn't realise how much so and how soon. I fully understand that my body is doing something absolutely amazing by creating a brand new life that I'm already so excited to meet, but that doesn't mean that my brain still won't have alarm bells ringing when my face looks fuller and my jeans start getting tight around my thighs. 
When I asked Jack to take some photos for me for a blog post, I had a cute little outfit of the day style post planned, but when I saw myself on the phone screen, I was hit by a feeling of, whoa, my body really is growing. I knew my baby bump was there, but honestly, I wasn't quite aware of how large my chest now looked and how much my legs didn't resemble the legs of the Maisie I thought they did.

I really am working on look past my own vanity, but when your brain is telling you that you look awful on an almost daily basis, it's hard to ignore it, even when you are continuously telling yourself that you're literally growing a human being. I'm sure i'm not the first or the only mumma to be that feels like this and if there are two things that I have started telling myself that actually seem to be taking some sort of effect on my mind, is a, that this changing body of mine will, before I know it, be bringing a teeny tiny human into this world that I will get to cherish forever and b, is only this little babys home for a little while longer and then it will start looking different all over again! 
But then I see how much I'm smiling in all of the photos we took this day and I think, isn't that what matters though? (Please ignore Jack's profanities) On the good days, I'm the happiest I've ever been and I wouldn't change my little life for the world. I honestly feel blessed to be (generally) this happy and to be so healthy. 

I know that I'll get through this pregnancy with a few more hiccups when it comes to my body image, but at the end of the day, I'm doing something magical and I know all of these hardships will be totally worth it, so take that brain! How do you deal with body image during pregnancy? Did you sruggle with it or does it not phase you? I'd love to hear from you guys! 
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16 comments on "MY CHANGING BODY | PREGNANCY + BODY IMAGE "
  1. oh my god. i didn't know you are pregnant. congrats! i can only imagine how hard it can be to see you body changing and not being able to do anything about it but its for a good reason.


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    1. Thank you my lovely! Indeed on those good days I know that this will all be worth it <3

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  2. I struggled with this so much when I was pregnant and no amount of reassurance from anyone helped. It it is a REAL issue and I appreciate you speaking out on this. I was so blessed with a healthy beautiful boy but I struggled with body image so much that I was depressed after giving birth. I still struggle with body image and food and I hope this is something more women can speak out about. No mother should be ashamed for feeling this way. I appreciated reading this! Would love a guest post from you, or vice versa sometime.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I'm so pleased to hear you have such a healthy little boy <3 I think that women are thankfully now less judged or shunned when we speak about these issues but I think more people should definiteley speak up about how they really feel. Especially with the likes of Instagram making people think that pregnancy is easy peasy and plain sailing! Drop me and email with your links my love! maisieejo@hotmail.com

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  3. I'm in my 39week and sometimes even strangers in the town come over to tell me that I look like giving birth at that actual moment as my belly looks quite big. I was very very woried how I will handle gaining weight because I was not really skinny from the start and all the weight always went to my bum first. BUT I was lucky enough that most of the gain went to the belly so from the back(or even front in some clothes) I don't look like pregnant- Although I was lucky this time, I still gained weight and I'm fighting with the appearance of striae as this stress me probably more than the weight:( fortunately I have awesome husband who shows his "sexual" bond to me no matter how big my belly is or how much striae I have. that definitely helps a lot. It's great that you were able to see the happiness in your photos and try to focus on that. Good luck with your little alien:)

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    1. Even though reassurance sometimes doesn't always sink in, it certainly does help to have a partner who shows how much they love you for who you are and everything that you're doing <3 Thank you so much for your comment! x

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  4. You look fab! Congratulations on bump xx

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  5. You look gorgeous Maisie, so healthy and blooming just like a preggy mumma should look, I'm so proud of you, your body may be changing slightly but all so worth it once you meet the little baby bundle :) love you xx

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  6. Happy 18 weeks!! I've just discovered your blog and I'm so happy to finally find someone due around the same time as me to follow - sorry stalker moment there! PS, you look fantastic! Your bump is the sweetest and I'm very jealous as I just look like I've eaten my weight in Chinese takeaway! Sending lots of love for them rubbish days!

    Jess @ www.JuicyyyJesss.co.uk

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    1. Ahhh congratulations to you my dear! Haha the internet in general is just stalkery right? Haha!
      Thank you so much! I'm sure you look wonderful <3 thank you for such a sweet comment x

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  7. Congrats on the baby:) good to see you're doing well. :3

    Dinz. Xx.

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    1. Thank you so much Dinz! I hope you're doing well! xx

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  8. Beautiful blog post honey! And all your feelings fade away to nothing as soon as your baby is in your arms, the love you feel instantly is just indescribable.
    Fantastic blog post and I can't wait to see photos of your beautiful bundle of joy!
    Love LisaGXoX

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! I know that it is all worth it, even on the really hard days! Because at the end of it all I'll get to have my little angel <3 17 weeks to go, eeep! x

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