I'm 35 weeks pregnant. Just over a month from my due date, only a couple weeks from full term. Very, obviously pregnant. Strangers comment on the belly and ask when my due date is. I wake up at least three times per night to pee. The baby kicks me regularly in the ribs. My belly is round and the only clothes that fit me include giant elastic panels.
And yet... sometimes I don't see it. Sometimes I don't feel like I look pregnant at all. Maybe it's because I'm tall, maybe it's because of the way I'm carrying, but even though I'm at the point now where I underestimate the size of my belly and accidentally bump it into things, it doesn't feel to me like the stereotypical basketball-under-the-shirt look. It doesn't feel like it protrudes, exactly.
But I'm also very comfortable with my pregnant body. All my weight gain has been in my belly... I haven't been retaining water (so far). My weight gain has been reasonable, and even with the pregnancy weight, I'm still significantly lighter than I was before I had my lap-band surgery. Maybe that's part of it. I'm not having struggles with the loss of my thinner body, because I have very clear memories of having a much fatter body. Seeing pictures of non-pregnant thin people doesn't incite any sort of jealousy or envy in me; I am pregnant, I am supposed to have a big belly, it is healthy, and honestly it's nice for once not to feel like I should be sucking in my gut.
I think it's just because it's happened gradually. I didn't wake up one day with a 5- or 6-pound baby in my belly, and so as it has grown slowly rounder and rounder, I have adapted with it. The same way you probably don't notice your child getting taller overnight. It just seems to me that my belly has always been round and big, and it's hard to remember what I used to look like.
So it came as a bit of a shock yesterday, when I was looking through the photos of my pregnancy progress, to realize that I've gone from this:
As Torsten says, "From slim to rhino in just 35 weeks."
(We'll forgive him the rhino comment since he did refer to me as slim. Fair trade, yes?)
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