Pregnancy has filled out more than just my belly. The angles of my face have softened. My thighs have grown larger both from weight and from supporting extra weight. And my feet have begun that third trimester swell. It is a different image than what my mind tells me.
Yet even with all these changes my confidence and self-image prevail. I still feel beautiful. I still feel loved and accepted. And I still feel in awe and proud of what this human body can do. I have come a long way with my body image in the last ten years. And I believe that is truly something to celebrate.
I'm so grateful for having a few pictures taken last night that show me just how much my body has changed. I'm grateful to document this beautiful period in my life as I wait for my bundle of joy to arrive. I'm grateful that despite my growing size I was able to still fit into a couple cute, non-maternity outfits for photos. I'm grateful for my self-confidence and self-image. I'm grateful for all the hard work I have done to shift my thinking over the past ten years to what it is today. I'm grateful to know I will continue to grow and shift my thinking in positive ways. I'm grateful for a loving husband and family that reaffirm my positive self-image. And I'm grateful for this opportunity to see myself.
How do you see yourself? Does it match the reflection in the mirror? Do you have a healthy love for who you are and the body you hold?
May today support us all in seeing our true beauty. May we find love and compassion in our reflections. Have a beautiful day!