it's a bit late, but i'll answer anyway. how did you celebrate your body during pregnancy? Belly casting? Belly Photos? Mehndi? Something cool and original.
yoga. tons of belly photos. tons of NUDE belly photos. massage. self-massage :LOLWhat is most beautiful about pregnancy?
being round and soft all over. creating a life!How did you feel about your body while you were pregnant? How did that compare to how you feel when not pregnant?
i love my body when i'm pregnant. when i'm not, it's kind of a love-hate relationship...How much attention was paid to your weight gain during pregnancy (by your care provider, friends and family)? What sort of comments did you hear about weight gain? Did you feel any anxiety about this issue at any point?
tons of attention ~ "you're not gaining enough," "you need to eat more," etc. my doctor told me to eat fish eggs. :Puke: i was really upset that i might not be gaining enough... but eventually realized that my body was just doing what it needed to do to make me have a healthy baby. i gained 20 lbs, over 8 of which was all baby. so... i guess i gained enough. In comparison, how much attention was paid to the quality of your diet, and attentioin to developing good, solid nutrition habits.
i paid so much more attention to eating right and taking vitamins than i normally do. i wanted my baby to be as healthy as possible.How do you feel about the way pregnancy is portrayed in the media? Did you feel pressure to look like the pregnant women you see in magazines, or like pregnant hollywood celebrities?
i hate the way pregnancy + mothers are portayed in the media. i wish pregnant women could learn to feel beautiful, learn to relax and enjoy their new shape and revel in the creation of a new life.
i also felt a certain amount of animosity directed at me from other mothers, because i *didn't* gain a ton of weight, and because i didn't just resign myself to wearing sweat pants... i still paid attention to my appearance and made an effort to go out walking in the mornings, etc. one mother actually stopped talking to me when i told her how far along i was, because she gains so much more weight than i do when she's pregnant.
i wish mothers could just drop all that and see themselves as beautiful, because they are.
i also wish people could let go of that ridiculous stereotype that if you stay relatively thin, you won't get stretchmarks. i want to stand up and shout out to everyone, i'm thin and i'm striped like a zebra!! and have them see themselves as lovely even with their battlescars.