A Humpback whale, shot from underwater.I've been blessed. Throughout my pregnancy, I've received countless compliments -- "You're glowing!" "You are so tiny!" "You are carrying beautifully!" All of these compliments usually resulted in a guess that my husband and I were expecting a boy. The jury is still out on that, but we'll see.
Before our recent "babymoon," family and friends expressed a huge interest in seeing pictures of me pregnant. To be honest, passing around photos of my expanding belly was never my thing. Although I've been taking pictures for our own private consumption, curious to see how my body is transforming over time from an "artistic perspective," I never realized my growing belly was something in which the world had any interest. Apparently, I am wrong. The pregnant picture is indeed a thing.
When my husband and I arrived at our Babymoon destination, I was thrilled to have a week to enjoy some much-needed sunshine. After all, the Northeast winter has been relatively unbearable, and warmth was what I craved. The first day was gorgeous, and we quickly traded in our tundra attire for sundresses for me and t-shirts and shorts for him.
The first photo opportunity came when we visited a historic fort in the area. My husband suggested I pose for the first official "pregnant photo" so we could make our eager friends and family happy. After he snapped the picture, I took a peek and couldn't help but ask, "Where's the fort?" Whalehood had struck.
It was as if I woke up in Alice in Wonderland: one day, I was a petite, pregnant woman, with a small but noticeable bump, and the next, a whale. How this happened, I don't know, but it did. As the week continued, evidence that I turned into a whale became increasingly obvious:
- My attempt to give myself a pedicure was met with my belly blocking me from reaching my toes. Whale.
- Shaving my bikini line for the "oh-so-flattering" maternity swimsuit I purchased for the trip, was nearly impossible as I couldn't see below my belly button to carefully shave the tender area. Whale.
- Getting out of bed was no longer a seamless exercise, but rather, required that I roll around until I could get enough momentum to propel myself off the side. DEFINITELY Whale.
- Bending over to pick up something off the floor, to tie my shoelaces or to merely get something out of the bottom cabinet has become virtually impossible, as my stomach increasingly prevents me from accomplishing these seemingly easy, tiny tasks. Whale.
- When I sit unsupported in the nude, my new-found buxom breasts sit comfortably on my round belly. Whale.
- And well, truth be told, I just FEEL big. Whale. Whale. Whale.
- Drink a lot of water. It will help you flush out salt and other toxins that may cause you to retain fluids, which inevitably contribute to the bloaty feeling you don't want.
- Eat frequent, small meals. I'm talking about one-quarter of the normal meal you would eat. A big meal definitely makes you feel bigger than you are and makes you feel all-around uncomfortable.
- Focus on fibrous foods and smoothies. The more fiber you eat, the more easy it will be to stay regular, and regularity is KEY to diminishing the whaley feeling. Smoothies are good too because they won't sit in your stomach as long, making room in an otherwise crowded space.
- Dress comfortably, but choose things that flatter. As hard as it may be to give into the maternity styles, they are much less restrictive than normal clothes. Choose slimming designs and colors (black and other darker colors) to keep you feeling like your beautiful human self.
- Ask for help. When your belly makes it physically impossible (or really uncomfortable) to do everyday tasks, solicit help. I have no doubt your partner, a friend, a family member or a colleague will be more than happy to oblige.
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