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The weight gain thread got me thinking about how hard we can be on ourselves when pregnancy makes us look and feel less than the beautiful mother-goddesses that we really are. I know that I spend way too much time putting myself down when I look in the mirror.<br><br>
So let's start a positive thread and list the things we DO like about our pregnant bodies. Maybe this will help us get past the weight-gain slump.<br><br>
I'll start....<br><br>
My breasts look awesome. I was always self-conscious about my small breasts but now - woo-woo!<br><br>
Also, the hair growth on my legs and pits has slowed way down since I got pregnant so I can go almost a week without shaving! (I normally have to shave every day if I don't want to feel like a prickly cactus).
 

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What a great idea!<br><br>
Now that I'm almost 17 weeks, I feel like my belly looks less like a beer gut and more like a pregnant belly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I also have picked back up my yoga rountine and it makes me feel great about my body! If any of you have not been to a prenatal yoga class ~ go! It's a great way to connect to your baby and body in a positive way.
 

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I'm significantly overweight to start with, but pregnancy seems to be the one time my body gets my appetite regulation right. Don't kick me, but I haven't gained yet, and I was significantly under my starting weight after having DD1, although I found it again in the next year (doh!). I think DD1 is hepling me keep moving enough to keep the weight away again. I'm also thrilled that my body seems to have figured out how to make a healthy baby this time around the natural way despite requiring huge interventions the first time to get pregnant.<br><br>
I'm excited to be feeling the baby moving now much more regularly
 

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I'm overweight and when not pregnant I feel frumpy and lumpy.<br><br>
But now I feel like voluptuous and womanly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I love my belly. It's startin' to look ROUND and cute, which I didn't expect quite this early (19 weeks) because I was so fat to begin with.<br><br>
Mucho belleh lurve here.
 

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I love my belly too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> And I love feeling the baby move.
 

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I am not overweight. I am thin and athletic and look like the picture of health. Sounds like I'm tooting my own horn, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good genes for metabolism and appetite, and a downright need to be physically active are to thank on that score.<br><br>
My body fails me in so many ways that you can't see, though. I have a chronic illness that makes pregnancy very taxing toward the end, and I had horrible symphysis pubis dysfunction with my first pregnancy.<br><br>
After DS was born, I looked at my body in the mirror and poked my oddly-squishy belly and I fell in love. I don't recall, since his birth, ever feeling like there was anything wrong with my body except the quirk of my chronic illness. I guess I'm kind of in awe of it. Even with that quirk - and a few stretchmarks, and proportions that will never land me a modeling contract (and features that wouldn't, either) - I made, carried, delivered, nourished, and loved an incredible human being into existence with this body.<br><br>
So I am celebrating every milestone this pregnancy, and I am 2 days from my first big pregnancy milestone - continuing to exercise regularly and not being in PAIN afterwards.<br><br>
This is a measurable improvement over last pregnancy. And now my body is providing comfort, warmth, kisses, fun, and (very limited!) nourishment to a toddler while growing a baby.<br><br>
I say my pregnant body is pretty freaking awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
(and I apologize for the cheesiness!)
 

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also loving my breasts and belly, feeling absolutely goddess like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Like Melly24 said, I feel voluptuous and womanly now! I feel like my body looks "right" now, but I don't know how to explain that any further.
 

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physically, i don't like my body at all right now and i so wasn't expecting to feel that way. mentally, i recognize and appreciate this amazing thing that my body can do. as a PP said, growing this tiny little being until it can live outside my body is pretty much the coolest, most amazing thing ever.
 

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I love my pregnant body, especially weeks 18-32 or so. Partly because I think I look great pregnant. My belly goes straight forward like a perfect basketball (volleyball for now) and somehow I look taller. Everyone thinks I'm taller when pregnant, weird eh? But also because now my body looks familiar again. I was pregnant with DS for most of 2008, then went through so many changes in 2009 as I lost the baby weight. By Christmas, I was looking better than I had in years but totally different because all my parts had shifted around. Even though I liked the changes, I didn't have a chance to get used to it and now that I'm pregnant again I feel relief to look like "me" again.
 

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One word: <span><b>BOOBS!</b></span> I heart them. I'm a 34 barely-A ordinarily, and this is the first time I've <i>ever</i> had <span><b>BOOBS!</b></span> I am half tempted to go to Victoria's Secret and purchase a bunch of ridiculously sexy and expensive bras (nothing fits me there normally, so I usually end up in Macy's pre-teen section, gah!) - however I feel like this could be a bit of a waste of money, because after the baby is born, my <span><b>BOOBS</b></span> will disappear again. Right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">because after the baby is born, my <span><b>BOOBS</b></span> will disappear again. Right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"></div>
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Ummm...no, they'll probably get <span style="font-size:large;">even</span> <span style="font-size:x-large;">bigger</span>!!!
 

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The plumper-ness of my face makes my crows feet disappear. And my cleavage is riotous.<br><br>
ETA: crap! I did it again. Unintentional DDDC. Y'all have such interesting thread topics, I see them in the new posts and get sucked in. Pardon me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One word: <span><b>BOOBS!</b></span> I heart them. I'm a 34 barely-A ordinarily, and this is the first time I've <i>ever</i> had <span><b>BOOBS!</b></span> I am half tempted to go to Victoria's Secret and purchase a bunch of ridiculously sexy and expensive bras (nothing fits me there normally, so I usually end up in Macy's pre-teen section, gah!) - however I feel like this could be a bit of a waste of money, because after the baby is born, my <span><b>BOOBS</b></span> will disappear again. Right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"></div>
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They'll get GINORMOUS, and then they'll change sizes depending on the time of day and how long it's been since you last nursed...and then...well, I don't even know because I haven't had post-pregnancy, post-weaning *BOOBS* yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Enjoy and treat yourself to a sexy bra!!! I haven't had a sexy bra in over two years. The sexiest I get is my new Bravado bras, which I plan to buy a bajillion of. lol
 

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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/pregnancy-birth/my-body" target="_blank">"My Body" a poem by Peggy O'Mara</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They'll get GINORMOUS, and then they'll change sizes depending on the time of day and how long it's been since you last nursed...and then...well, I don't even know because I haven't had post-pregnancy, post-weaning *BOOBS* yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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And don't forget the times when one will be a C and the other will be an A because baby nursed on one side and then fell asleep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> But yeah, the big boobs lasted a long time into nursing for me, and then gradually disappeared so slowly that I didn't notice the loss until I got pregnant again and thought WHOAH, where have YOU been!?
 

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I love this thread, ladies!<br><br>
Yesterday, my husband and I walked downtown to an event, and it was the first time that I felt like I was fully rounded and "pregnant" looking. I am petite with a curvy body, but with these giant DD breasts and a basketball belly, I LOVE my body. I feel, well, sexy and totally confident.<br><br>
I haven't always love myself, and I've been much bigger and smaller than I am now, but I do believe this is one of the times I've ever felt most at ease with my shape. For this, I am thankful.<br><br>
I do feel sorry for the women who don't have supportive partners who make them feel hot in this amazing time. Our bodies are a beautiful thing, and I think every day about how lucky I am to be experiencing these moments.<br><br>
I hope that the baby girl growing inside of me will always love her body no matter what.
 

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Ha! My husband has made it very clear that he likes my new breasts but I'd still return them if I could. I feel healthier and more energetic when I don't have extra fat around my waist and when I have smaller breasts. So leave the men out of it, I can decide for myself what I feel comfortable with and what I don't! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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