Beautiful Belly | Maternity Pictures
On the grand spectrum of pregnancies I feel like my pregnancy with Vienna was "easy" . I didn't get morning sickness, I wasn't extreamly moody, I was able to keep exercising to just about my seventh month.
With that being said, every pregnancy is hard at some point. I've never been the skiniest girl, I averaged about 130 lbs pre pregnancy. It wasn't until my third trimester that I really started gaining weight. Trimester one I lost 5 lbs. Trimester two I gained the 5 lbs back that I had lost + 7 lbs more so I was 137 lbs. Towards the end of my pregnancy I weighed 152 lbs. I had gained 15 lbs in the third trimester and 22 pounds total. I felt huge. I loved my baby. I did not love my body. I would look in the mirror and feel so unattractive. I would cry. I would eat dessert some nights then be mad at myself later as I laid in bed and thought about it. I'd weigh myself every day, I couldn't help it. I wondered if I didn't find myself attractive then if my husband still did?
My photographer Kristi and I had talked about doing a Maternity Boudiar shoot when I had first told her I was pregnant. At that point, still ski I and self confident I TOTALLY wanted to! By the time my third trimester hit my self confidence was at an all time low and I wasn't too hot in the idea anymore. But, decided to go for it anyways. I owed it to myself to get gussied up and prove to myself once and for all that pregnancy could still be sexy, and that my belly was beautiful.
I wouldn't dare share these photos with you while I was pregnant. But now, I look back on them and am so glad I had the courage to do them. The point in my life where I have never felt more self conscious I can now look back on and see a beauty that I could not see before.