To Anon who said my photo will make everyone feel bad about themselves, I’m feeling really guilty. This was not my intention. Trust me. In fact, I work hard to be an advocate for women feeling healthy and strong.
To me, I look pregnant (you’ve never seen how I look not pregnant, I’m assuming). I’ve gained a healthy 20 pounds so far and to be fair, I did spend 28 weeks throwing up. I shouldn’t be defensive, I know. But the last thing I want to do is to make other women feel badly about how they look. Really.
If you’ll peruse my body image archives, you’ll see that I once suffered from an eating disorder. I have to work at being healthy and not letting my weight take control of my life (pregnancy is a particularly challenging time for me). I don’t expect others to understand, but I do ask that they do not judge me or anyone else based on how we look pregnant or otherwise.
Of course, I’m the one who put the picture out there, so now I have to deal with the consequences.
I just do want to apologize to anyone whom I made feel badly by posting a pregnant photo. Again, this certainly was not my intention. I’ve always loved that quote from Charlotte’s Web (it’s scribbled down in one of my journals, and my oldest daughter and I just read the book together for the first time), and it just seemed so fitting now that my family is waiting for our miracle to hatch. (Plus, my preschooler is a budding photographer and has been bugging me incessantly to take pictures of the “baby” and me.)