I'll be honest, keeping my confidence in myself has been a struggle throughout my pregnancy. While I've been beyond blessed to be healthy and to have an active growing baby in my tummy, seeing the scale go up week after week is hard. My body keeps changing in ways I never expected. Sure I knew my stomach would get bigger, but every other part of my body continues to grow as well. Even though I am constantly being told I"m small for being pregnant, I don't feel it. I mean I have gained 40 pounds so it's not like I'm tiny!
Sometimes I feel guilty for being so self-conscious. So many women struggle with fertility issues everyday, and here I am complaining about a little extra arm fat! However, I've finally come to a place of acceptance. I realized it is perfectly normal to not feel completely comfortable in my own skin. After all, it's not just my own skin anymore. For 9 months my body has housed a baby girl that I can't wait to meet. My belly grows because she needed to grow, and that is beautiful.
For all the soon-to-be moms out there, I just want to say I understand the struggle it can be to look in a mirror at times. However, just remember confidence should not be found in your body alone. That is what I had to realize. I am beautiful for so much more than my body. I'm beautiful for my intelligence, strength of character, and now I am beautiful because soon I get to be called mom. I hope you find that confidence as well.