Picture this: a 7-month old pregnant woman strutting her stuff around the beach in a bikini.
That was me just a few months ago while on our babymoon getaway in Hawaii just 11 weeks before our little guy arrived into the world.
When my husband, Tyler, and I were planning this long-awaited trip, I informed him that I wouldn’t be one of those women who covered up her body with a big one-piece with a skirt or a big-old T-shirt. I would show off my body – at 7 months pregnant – loud and proud.
In my mind, covering up my body showed that I just had some major body image issues – and that I, even with an extra 15 pregnancy pounds - plus a bulbous belly still didn’t have anything to hide from the world.
So I bought myself a brand new bikini – in a bigger size than my older one, with wider straps for my growing “girls”, and a little more coverage than my previous string bikini that very rarely saw the light of day in summers past.
When people I knew asked if I was going to flaunt my belly on the beach when I got to Hawaii, I said “heck yeah! I can’t hide it, so I might as well show it off!”
And that’s exactly how it all went down. Tyler and I got to Hawaii and I unpacked my brand-new never-been-worn bikini and put it on like I still had the same frame I did a year prior.
Over the next few days when I was on the beach, I noticed I was starting to get “looks” from many different women.
I noticed it right away… a curious look here, a casual glance there… a full on up-and-down stare-down while in the elevator. It wasn’t my imagination – people were STARING at me. [Read more...]