Sunday, June 19, 2011

It's a Baby Belly

Body image is such an individual struggle. I've always struggled to like or appreciate some parts of my body and there are others that I've always been proud of and appreciated.

I find being pregnant, having my body go through this incredible change, for it to finally be doing what I so hoped for, is nothing short of miraculous. Every morning I wake up and check to see if my belly is still there, if this is real.

And it is. And I love to see the evidence of this miracle in my body. I don't think I've ever felt so comfortable in my own skin, so happy with my curves, so comfortable with my physicality.

Just prior to getting pregnant I was on a serious health kick, and had cut out all inflammatory foods. One result was that I unintentionally ended up losing about 8 lbs, which brought me down to about 108lbs, which on a 5'2" frame is thin but still healthy. The pregnancy books state that it is just slightly underweight.

However, it means that I had some serious gaining to do for twins. Again, according to my twins pregnancy book, I should gain 45 - 55 lbs. The more of that I can gain in the first two trimesters, the better for the babies.

This is me at 20 weeks and about 21lbs weight gain:

16 weeks and about 14 lbs weight gain:

12 weeks and 10 lbs of weight gain:

Starting point at 6 weeks and 108lbs: (had to crop the top as I was in my bra...not really internet appropriate)

I've always loved my tiny waist but seeing it disappear has been pure joy, every day. Maybe I'll never have those washboard abs and size two jeans again but I hope I'll always appreciate what my body is capable of...nurturing two little lives. And they are worth everything, anything.

Every week that I'm pregnant and every pound that I gain is one step closer to them being here safe and sound, strong and healthy.

Grow babies! Grow body!


  1. You look amazing! Love this post!!

  2. YAH! Finially some tummy shots. WOOOO HOOO Stacey ...awesome work - really! You should be so proud.