After trying for over four years to get pregnant, I wanted to announce it to the world. I couldn’t wait to join the club: knowing looks, motherly-advice from strangers, and cute maternity fashions…[insert tire screech here]. The club does not exist! Cute maternity clothes? For a plus-size gal? As elusive as a four-leaf clover…
I couldn’t find anything cute for my figure that didn’t make me look like I was wearing a tent. An ugly tent. An ugly. EXPENSIVE. tent. What’s a gal to do? Here is my #1 way to look cute and pregnant while plus-size:
- Stick It Out
That’s right! No more sucking it in, no more hiding behind baggy t-shirts, live your pregnancy out loud and proud. My pregnancy was the first time I could be proud of my roundness. I finally felt free to fit-in. So what if I was only 8-weeks along?! You’ve only got 40 weeks (give or take) to bask in your pregnancy physique—so get to it!
Unfortunately, even well into my second trimester, I just wasn’t receiving all of the positive-tummy-praise I thought I deserved. Turns out, unless you are obviously pregnant, people don’t say anything to you for fear of being…er…wrong. Have no fear! Follow my tried and true steps for making sure everyone knows you’re pregnant (and not just fat):
1. Carry a pregnancy book and flash it around
2. Rub your belly a lot
3. Get a shirt proclaiming “baby on board” or the like
4. Mention baby names, cravings, or other typical pregnancy topics—loudly
5. Really stick it out
As a last resort—waddle. Make sure to hold your lower back. Add a few comments about the baby’s position or kicking for extra effect. Always frame your belly for photos.
I know this seems extreme, but for those of us who have been hiding our whole lives, actually enjoying our belly is liberating! Rather than bemoaning the rather limited maternity fashions for plus size women—or worse wearing a muumuu—wear a tighter shirt and let the belly-worship commence. If you’ve never worn yoga pants, in favor of jeans’ tummy flattening power, get a pair. You will not be sorry.
In my later weeks, I had the lower-belly-pooch hanging off of my pregnancy-pooch. Turns out you CAN have too much of a good thing. Not cute. For this, and my lower back, I got one of those pregnancy belts to distribute the pressure all around and give me a nice little lift! I also loved wearing a pregnancy shapewear-cami under my t-shirts (just to smooth everything out).
Pregnancy is beautiful. For those of us lucky enough to have our pregnancy hopes realized, embrace every minute of it. It is over in the blink of an eye. Be proud of your belly and the amazing life growing inside!
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