I have written about pregnant bellies before and shared images of women who were coming into the third trimester. This time I want to show you just what a range of belly there can be with a healthy, full term, and cooked baby in there.
I am currently enormous feeling. 99% of my shirts don’t cover me and I don’t own enough leggings to cover every day of the week. I feel large, heavy, done, stretched and maxed out. BUT I know that I am close. So close. Be that close, like tonight. Or close, like next month. Either way, we are standing in the safe zone and on the doorstep of meeting our new littlest lady.
My baby feels bigger this time and my body feels better and more connected and ready. My belly is full.
These ladies were all incredible enough to share these images with me and I am so thankful. Each of these bellies is Normal. Right. Beautiful. Healthy. and doing a HUGE job.
If you feel too small, you aren’t. If you feel too big, you aren’t. If you feel like a frump, you aren’t. You are growing a miracle, life, person, and you are doing it well.
These women are my birth affirmations. These bellies are the reminders that so many women have done this before me, will do this after me and that I am not alone.
We aren’t alone in this. We aren’t alone in the doubts and feelings, the heaviness and weariness. We are together in this growth.
The confidence, beauty and poise I can see in other women who are so full with their babies is hard to transfer to myself. But these images are fighting that.
These women are images of life and strength, power and confidence. Notice how they look at the camera without hesitation? That isn’t a fluke. That is how the power of pregnancy flows through us because we aren’t alone in the image, we are holding onto our babies and the protective, sexy, powerful confidence just pours out even if we don’t feel it.
I am Enough.
My body is enough. My birth will be enough. My baby is enough. I am enough. Each of these women, completely on their own, is more than enough.
You are SO much stronger than you
think you are.
I read a quote the other day that took my breath away. That summed up everything I believe in my day today. The words I will think on while I labor and in the days when I struggle with Nolie and being the mother of a toddler.
Gratitude turns what we have into Enough.
I am beyond thankful for these images. For the huge spectrum of normal and healthy. For the reminders from these women that I am healthy. I am normal. I am enough. Whatever a scale reads or a doctor frowns at, whatever my pants number is or how many clothes I have to box away after this baby arrives. At this moment, full and huge, I am just right.
I will remain to be just right after this baby comes. I will have a body that shows the marks of motherhood and feeds my daughters. I will be ragged and tired and I won’t be alone.
These are my women. This is my tribe of mothers who rise up and answer the call to spread beauty, normalcy and Hope. These are the images to think on.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. (phil 4:8)
Thank you again to everyone who sent me a picture. I am so moved, grateful and impressed. Our bodies are powerful and made for this and do it in so many different ways.
My next belly post will be full of Postpartum bellies- any stage (days or years since your last birth). I will be sharing my belly… in all of its very PP glory and would love if you would be willing to share yours too. If you are a Mama, snap a photo today or use one from before and email it to me email@example.com