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Of Pregnancies and Bellies *Picture Included

Posted on: April 27, 2011

When I found out I was pregnant with Julia, I couldn’t wait to have that really cute pregnancy belly. It took until 15-17 weeks before you could tell I was pregnant and didn’t just have a “beer” belly. With Hannah, again, I couldn’t wait to have a cute pregnant belly. And with her, it came pretty soon. Partly because that’s what happens with consecutive pregnancies, but mostly because I still had “baby weight” from Julia.

With this pregnancy, I’ve been pretty excited about having a cute pregnancy belly, but I’ve been less than thrilled with increasing weight and realizing the hard work it took to lose two babies worth of “baby weight”. After meeting with my midwife, I came away feeling more empowered about food and have gone on a “diet” of sorts. While I don’t monitor my caloric intake, I monitor what I’m eating. Β I focus on eating 60+ grams of protein, cutting back on simple carbs and limiting my sweet intake to once a week.

Then, there is exercising. I promised myself that when we got pregnant again, I’d maintain my fitness goals. Yeah… I didn’t take into account just how tired and sick I’d be. So, for about a month, I didn’t lace up my running shoes. Then two weeks ago, I was gifted with a double jogging stroller, and take the girls running when my energy is highest in the day {which varies from morning to afternoon and day to day}.

With the amount of running I had been doing, weight I had lost, I figured it’s take a little longer for my belly to “show”. Turns out, the third time around, you don’t stand much chance of hiding that baby. By 10 weeks, I had a nice little belly showing, and by this week {12+ weeks} I’ve clearly got a belly. Now, whether it’s viewed as a pregnancy belly or a “beer” belly, is debatable. Well… why don’t you tell me?

Pregnant or not?

Now, I will bare my soul to y’all for a moment.

Since Julia, my stomach has been less than, how shall I say this, perfect. And when I got pregnant with Hannah, I noticed that my stomach expanded in a very strange way. It’s flat in the front, where my belly button is, but then everything else bulges. Frankly, it looks really, really weird to me. And honestly, I’m a tad bit self conscious about it. I don’t know why… but it just sort of makes me feel a little weird. With Hannah, it always stayed flat right there at my belly button {and I assume it will this time around too}, so I just always thought it seemed odd.

There you have it. My soul baring moment. Mind blowing, huh? Well, now you know that I’m not always the most confident of women, despite my good looks. Haha! πŸ˜‰

12 Responses to "Of Pregnancies and Bellies *Picture Included"

That is totally a baby belly! How adorable. πŸ˜€

I’ve never been pregnant so I can’t speak to what is normal or not, but I do know that you are nurturing human life right now which is so special and you are RADIANT. So I’m just gonna go ahead and say what’s normal for your body is good. πŸ™‚

I really struggle with the idea of losing baby weight after giving birth because many people in my family didn’t. But my sister did it and she looks fabulous so I’m holding on to the hope that I can look as great as she does after two babies (hers were 13 months apart so she never got a chance to lose weight after the first). πŸ™‚

Definitely a baby belly!! You look so great, Sarah.

Oh, there is so much I want to say in response to this post! My 1st pregnancy, I thought, “oh, I will have such a cute belly and only gain like 25 lbs!” I had been tiny (5’7″ and under 125 lbs my whole adult life).

Not so! I gained 50 lbs, I think. My word, has it been hard to lose and I still haven’t lost it all. So I’ve dealt with insecurities, too. I have the same “flat”-yet-bulgy-at-the-sides-thing going on right now (NOT the same flat at BEFORE pregnancy, HA!).

Anyway, you look BEAUTIFUL, and I pray that you’ll be able to push the insecurity aside and revel in the gift of this new baby!

I’m inspired by your working out and eating goals…one sweet thing a week? *sigh* That sounds very disciplined! I tend to think once a DAY is permissible!

Before I got pregnant this time, I think I weighed the least I have weighed since college (or at least since we got married), and I had been exercising regularly for the first time since I was about 19…and without gaining any weight to speak of (or at least varying between 0 and 3 lbs gained depending on the day or time of day), I totally had to start wearing maternity or 2 size bigger jeans a few weeks ago. I don’t know how our bodies do it, but it is amazing how they change shape to make way for baby once you’ve done it a couple times before! πŸ™‚

I think it’s a cute little baby belly too. πŸ™‚

Thanks for the sweet comments ladies! Made my morning a little brighter. πŸ™‚

Rachel – Losing weight was one of my biggest fears with having kids. But, I am sure once you and Christopher start having babies, you will be just fine (I remember your post on how active you stay!).

Alicia – Glad to know I’m not the only one in the flat but bulging group. Oh, and I am right there with you on the “sure, I’ll gain 25 pounds…. Or maybe twice that” group too. Whew. Maybe this time around I might not. Or maybe I will. Hehe.

Kirsten – It’s crazy that our bodies adjust so quickly! I’ve gained about 2 pounds since February, and while it’s normal for my body to go up and down a couple of pounds, I can really tell the difference now that I’m pregnant. Amazing.

It’s baby belly and it’s great! Way to go on your health commitments, I think it could make birth a lot more smooth too!

I had this issue while pregnant too, I gained a few pounds pretty quickly then the midwives and I decided, due to my history, we wouldn’t weight anymore unless they felt the need and I didn’t look. I was shocked to find out afterward that I gained nearly 40 lbs. Now, I feel pretty good about my body until I see photos of before pregnancy but it is what it is and it’s the way God made me, and it’s amazing that our bodies can grow babies!

My belly did the same thing!

Totally baby, esp when you see how tiny the rest of you is. πŸ˜‰

I go back and forth on whether I think I look pregnant. I think it’s my insecurity from not getting any kind of heartbeat or sono yet. I worry that I should be bigger, then I worry that I’m too big! Can’t win!

Katie – Even with getting back to my “college days” weight, my body never looked the same as then. I don’t think it ever will, just part of the mama hood process. I’m slowly being okay with that, it just takes surrendering to Christ.

Laryssa – Glad to know I’m not the only one (cause I really did think for sure I was!).

Emily – When is your first appointment? Oddly enough, I was really worried I didn’t look big enough for how far along I was (based on people I knew with similar builds who had third babies). But this week my belly just sorta ballooned. If I hold all my breathe and suck in, then I can get it to look like it did before I got pregnant. But really, what’s the point in that? Ha! πŸ™‚ With all that said, I’m sure you are just perfect for how far along you are. Maybe you should post some pictures? πŸ˜‰

Love all your “soul” bearing and the belly!

I think you look absolutely lovely! What a special time, as you await the birth of your newest little one!

I know that for me, once I got through one pregnancy, as soon as those hormones hit my body again my belly says, “Hey! I know what to do now!” And out I pooch.

This pregnancy I was very careful to keep it a secret until my first trimester was over. I had to get creative with my wardrobe. It was a little discouraging to get comments on my Facebook announcement saying, “Congratulations! We’ve been wondering if you were expecting!” Apparently I don’t hide it well. πŸ™‚

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