"I have spent a lot of time working on my body to build strength like that of a man. And then I realize I am stronger than I could have imagined myself to be — for I am woman."
Since the start of my pregnancy, or at least as soon as my severe morning sickness somehow started to subside, I’ve been posting photos documenting the progress of my baby bump. I intentionally did this for the purpose of tracking the amazing changes that a woman’s body has to undergo during this magical experience of carrying a life inside her body.
Aside from belly shots, I’ve also been posting photos of myself doing yoga & other fitness activities while pregnant. I am mentally aware though that everytime I post a picture, this somehow triggers various reactions from different people. Some comments and criticisms that I got are well-meant, constructive, & well-thought out, while others are just plain rude &sometimes ignorant.I sincerely don’t take offense,& I am open to these.
Aside from questions as to whether or not my fitness regimen is dangerous to my “condition”, I’m also getting several unsolicited comments about the size of my bump & my body.I often find these amusing…especially on how people often look at my belly every time they see me before they even look at my face. It amuses me most how several of them often say “oh your belly is big already!” almost every time they see me, as if they had not already say it a day or two before, or as if I didn’t notice it myself.
These things only prove that a woman’s body is always being subjected to human scrutiny. Though many people appreciate the changes that a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy, there are still some who find “getting big” ugly & annoying. This may be the reason why not all women are happy to “document” their appearance during pregnancy. This may be because their concept of “beauty” is somehow affected by how others see them — & how the public would react toward these changes — that they tend to overlook the beauty of their greatest strength.
P.S. For the record, I got a permission from my hubby to post this photo publicly, w/ the condition that “it shall be in black & white only”. 😁