Originally Posted by Lynann
I think its completely normal to go through the "feeling fat" stage before the bump properly pops and you look more definitely pregnant. I have a natural hour glass shape, with big boobs tiny waist and big hips. As soon as I'm pregnant my waist starts to disappear, and I start to feel like a chunk instead of just a curvy woman.
I do hope you start feeling better, both physically and mentally. You are an amazing woman, and your body is doing miraculous things right now growing that baby.
timesway, your body is creating a miracle right now. I also have an hourglass shape, and as my midsection fills in I have also felt chunky rather than pregnant. I work with a lot of young women, and I admit I've been more conscious of belly shapes in general over the past 3 months. While DH and I know I look pregnant, I swear it just means I have the same shape as some people do normally. Maybe I'm just in denial.
Since you said your tummy is normally curved in instead of out, I can imagine you are in the same boat! Especially if you have been housebound with only your pre-pregnant body to compare your belly to, it's easy to fall into the trap of feeling "fat". I'm trying to handle this with some positive thoughts to put my growing body in perspective and see it as something that needs to happen.
- so what if we have never been this big before in our lives? This is a whole new adventure and the beginning of many firsts.
- you may not have anyone there to tell you, but you know your body - you look PREGNANT, not fat!
- this may sound creepy, but I've been stalking the belly threads on the April and March DDCs to see what we are going to look like. this has really helped me put it all in perspective and actually look forward to getting out of these awkward few weeks of just feeling big. It looks like even the smaller girls have a clear baby belly at ~18-20 weeks. To me, reaching that point is my next mental milestone. It's especially exciting because I'll be visiting my family for Christmas, and I only see them about once a year so it would be something special to share with them if I look pregnant then! I imagine it will be physically awkward but emotionally rewarding.
Keep up the positive thoughts - your baby needs you to grow!