I just read a story about a woman who had an ever growing belly and the comments she received. Well, my story is almost the opposite of that.
Before I found out that I was pregnant, I had lost twenty pounds. I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I went and had blood drawn to see if I had a thyroid problem. When I found out that I was pregnant, I would look in the mirror and basically try to will my belly to grow because I wanted that beautiful baby bump. When I finally started to show I was between twelve to sixteen weeks along, I was so excited. My family and people I would talk to about my pregnancy would ask me constantly, “Are you sure you're pregnant?” or “Wow, you can hardly tell you are pregnant.” This bothers me more now than it did then because now I am twenty-seven weeks and feel like I should be a lot bigger, but I’m really not. I find myself wearing clothes that are tighter on me rather than maternity clothing just so people will notice my belly. Granted I do have to wear bigger or stretch pants, but it still bothers me that I’m not recognized right off as being pregnant. I love being pregnant, and I want the world to know it.
There are some people that when they see me, after I let them know I’m pregnant, tell me I look great and that lifts my spirits a little. Still I just want that immediate recognition.