(This was originally written November 29, 2018, when I was still pregnant!)
How beautiful is a pregnant belly? There is literally a human growing inside there! The woman, without having to think about it at all, is growing a baby’s brain, heart, lungs, eyes, nose, ears, etc. My belly took FOREVER to show, and I went from hardly showing to being fully popped within just a few weeks. The anticipation was killing me! And since I haven’t had a bump that long, I just got my first unnecessary comment.
“Are you sure there is only one baby in there?”
Granted, it was from my 87 year old Sicilian grandmother who meant it jokingly, but clearly she was implying she thought I looked too big to be carrying one baby, with still another 8 weeks to go. I also got a harmless comment online saying, “any day now…” but I’m only 32 weeks so, no, it isn’t any day now. Just like everything else in the world, no one pregnant belly is “normal” or “correct”. Everyone’s bellies will grow differently, sit differently, be shaped differently, and be different sizes, no matter how many babies you are carrying.
And that is beautiful!
Just like you would never comment on someone’s weight or height, you should never make comments about a growing mama’s belly, whether you think they are inappropriate or not. The only thing you should EVER say is, “you look beautiful”! Because she truly is, while her body works insanely hard to grow an 8 pound human from the size of a dust speck. ❤️
Shout out to all the pregnant ladies with their beautiful, different size bellies!!! What’s your favorite compliment for a growing mama? Comment below so that people have ideas to say to the next mama they see! ✌️