Pregnancy is a time of incredible change. To start with - no big deal - your whole life is about to completely flip on its head. When you bring a new life into the world, nothing remains untouched: not your work, not your relationship, not your friendships, not your sense of self, and certainly not the number of loads of laundry you think is reasonable to do in a single week.
Among all that change is another big change - big being the operative word. Because no matter how much or little pregnancy affects your body shape, there's one constant across the board: you're getting bigger.
And it's not just bigger around your belly. Unbelievably, the "tucked a basketball under my shirt" look we were taught to expect in pregnancy from movies isn't exactly... accurate. You don't just carry weight where you're carrying the baby (unless I'm currently carrying quite a lot of my baby in my arse, in which case, cool, I guess)!
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Of course, the reason your body is growing and changing is to accommodate your growing and changing baby. That's good! Great! A miracle, even! But it's the kind of miracle that can also be... kind of disheartening. Kind of frustrating. Kind of terrifying. Kind of hard to process.