At first, I was very reluctant to post a picture of myself. I might still regret it after I post this. For someone who was very self-conscious pre-pregnancy, why the heck would I want to post a picture of my growing belly? I’m still asking myself that.
Most women say they never showed the baby bump in their first pregnancies until 5 or 6 months. I’m writing this to say I’m not one of them.
In 14 weeks, I’ve only gained 2 pounds. 2 measly pounds. I gained 4 pounds once just by eating Thanksgiving dinner. 2 pounds?! I’m not ‘supposed to’ sport a baby bump yet. Everyone tells me it’s probably just fat or bloating. No matter what you do, or what you say, someone is always going to be there, telling you what you’re experiencing is not normal. You’re suppose to gain _____lbs., you’re supposed to show at 5-6 months, you’re suppose to feel the baby kicking at 16 weeks, anything else you’re feeling is only gas, etc. Things don’t happen that way.
I have an obvious bump. I feel obvious fluttering in my belly. Sometimes it looks like I stepped out of a buffet or drank a 6 pack of beer. Other times, it looks like a bump. Either way, it’s here to stay.
A friend told me that it was ok to get fat now that I’m pregnant. I chuckled. It’s ok for my bottom half to look like a watermelon with two toothpicks. It’s acceptable now. And for the first time, I feel comfortable wearing a tank top with a protruding stomach. I have an excuse.
But if anyone says I look fat I’ll be punching them in the face.