Last Updated on November 10, 2023 by Lori Pace
People are great for telling you what a beautiful pregnant woman you are – it’s so good to hear that you’re looking fair and glowing. But when you’re pregnant and feeling terrible, it can be hard to believe them.
Of course, we feel different because we’re carrying a human being inside us!
Our bodies are working full-time to provide for them, keeping them healthy and alive. But let’s be honest, it’s not easy to deal with the weight gain, the stretch marks, the pimples, and the general puffiness.
And while women with partners certainly have their share of pregnancy-related concerns, single mothers-to-be often have thoughts like:
- Will I ever find a guy who finds me attractive after all this?
- Can I handle all of this on my own?
- Is my dating life over now??
Do you relate to any of this, or are you a pregnant mom that wants to feel good in her skin again?
Then I have a few tips for you that’ll help you feel beautiful during your pregnancy.
How to feel like a beautiful pregnant woman
1. Wear clothes that fit
One of the worst things you can do from a body image perspective is to continue wearing your old clothes because you either want to prove something to yourself and the world or want to buy new clothes.
Here’s the thing, though: if you wear clothes that are too tight, you will inevitably feel uncomfortable.
So, treat yourself to clothes that fit you right now. Buy some cute pregnancy dresses, jeans, and shirts and see how your self-confidence roars effortlessly again.
2. Style yourself
Thankfully, being pregnant in today’s times doesn’t mean you have to stop being stylish and sexy, which was certainly the case 30 years ago – at least, that’s what my mom tells me.
Today, you can find so many modern and comfortable pregnancy clothes that you have to be careful not to blow your entire budget. Use this opportunity to get creative, dress up, wear makeup and trendy shoes.
You’ll find that your pre-pregnancy style will only be enhanced by the best accessory in the world: your baby bump.
3. Remind yourself of the miracle you’re carrying
I went to my second ultrasound the other day, which always comes with a bit of concern. Will the baby be OK? Does it have all fingers and toes? My little bug is healthy to my relief and wonder, and everything is okay.
When I stepped out of the doctor’s office, I had a moment of sheer awe and gratitude.
You see, I’ve been struggling with bad body image my entire life. And yet, here it is, growing a human being and gifting me a pregnancy that has been so easy, so uncomplicated, and so joyful.
My body is a miracle, and no matter what it looks like on the outside, it’s doing something unfathomable on the inside.
4. Move your body
One way to feel confident in your body is to focus on health and fitness instead of focusing on the numbers creeping up on the scale.
Moving your body will not only energize you, but it’ll also help you to feel toned and comfortable.
Go for a daily walk, take up swimming, do Pilates, or dance in your living room. Choose a form of exercise that works for you and enjoy its effects on your mood and body.
5. Do Yoga
Pre-natal yoga is such a perfect way to help you connect your mind to your body and tune in to the areas you’ll use during childbirth.
Find a yoga studio near you that offers pre-natal yoga classes and enjoy the feeling of moving your body and rocking your child.
6. Express your feelings
Talk about your feelings with your doctor, your midwife, friends, and family instead of bottling things up.
You’ll see that most of your concerns will feel less severe once you’ve spoken them out loud.
7. Eat healthily
Eating healthy will help you feel like the beautiful pregnant woman you are, at peace with your body instead of feeling sluggish, heavy, and uncomfortable.
So, be sure to load up on veggies and fruit, which is also essential for your little bug. Experiment with new recipes and ingredients and be assured that eating healthy doesn’t mean eating bland food. You can experience an explosion of delight and still feel super fit on the inside and out.
With the focus on health, don’t forget that pregnancy is also a time that can teach you better habits in the long run. Enjoy this time and treat yourself the way you always should, only better.
Balance is key here.
8. Understand what your body is doing
One great way to feel better about yourself is to shift your focus from weight gain to what is going on in your body. Read up on the changes that you’re going through.
Find out why you’re gaining weight, what makes it important and what your body is doing as your belly grows.
You’ll dive into a whole new world and will soon find yourself feeling awe and wonder instead of fear and worry.
9. A tip for the post-pregnancy dating life
A guy who rejects you because of your stretch marks or life choices is not worth your time and affection. You are a beautiful pregnant woman right now, and you will be just as stunning as after, with a gorgeous little baby!
Fears about not finding a new partner are common, but the ones who are truly worth being with you are the ones that won’t even think twice about your post-pregnancy body and instead fall in love with your beautiful spirit and your delightful heart.
Overall, it’s best to relax and give in to the natural process of becoming a mom. Remember that your body won’t be the same afterward, but you won’t be the same either.
Instead of fighting it, delight in it and celebrate you being a woman through and through.