Body confidence with a bump

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Body confidence with a bump

Achieve top-to-toe body confidence with your growing bump

Body confidence with a bump

Lots of women adore their growing bumps, and can even miss them when the baby finally arrives. If that's you then brilliant!

However, for others, no matter how "glowing" people say you look, this might not be how you feel on the inside. But it's inevitable that your body will go through lots of changes during pregnancy, so we want to help you embrace them and grow to love your changing shape.

Of course, it's not just your body that's changing. You'll also have lots of feelings and emotions about your pregnancy, the birth and of course, life with your new arrival. So, basically, it's all change!

Mum of two Angela says

"Watching my body get bigger during pregnancy was all a bit of a shock, especially in that phase where no one quite knows whether you're pregnant or have just put on a bit of weight! However with some flattering maternity clothes, my confidence started to improve."


Body confidence

Many of us spend a huge amount of time and effort trying to influence our body shape. So, as your pregnancy body grows, it's easy to feel as though you've completely lost control of your changing shape. With this in mind, here are our tips to feeling "swell" about your growing bump:

1. What's on the inside?

Remembering what's happening on the inside may help you to feel better about what's happening on the outside! Next time you look in the mirror, remind yourself that your body is doing quite miraculous things, and all for good reason:

  • Some of the additional fat you gain is just your body's way of preparing for breastfeeding
  • Gaining weight is healthy - in fact, not gaining enough weight can lead to problems, so an expanding you is a healthy you, but within limits as you don't need to eat for two!
  • It's good to stay active during pregnancy - it will make you feel better and it helps to prepare your body for labour and birth
  • In the later stages of your pregnancy, it's good to bond with your baby, so talk to your bump or play music to it - it will help you to focus on what your pregnancy is all about - not the reflection staring back at you!

2. Bare all

A great way to get to love your new shape is to take a good look at it. Your body will change almost daily during your pregnancy so strip off and study yourself from all angles. If you take a good look in the mirror you'll realise there are many positive changes going on - glossier hair, great skin, bigger boobs - and this is your time to show them off to the world (although we suggest putting your clothes back on first!)

3. Big yourself up

You're physically getting bigger and it's time to also think bigger! Don't try and compare yourself to how you looked before you became pregnant. Embrace the new you and let your inner confidence shine through!

4. Hang up your body hang-ups

If you've got a pregnancy niggle that you can't shake off, you're not alone. Most pregnant women have similar confidence wobbles during their pregnancy, but here are some feel-good fixes to help you bounce back.

"I'm not sure if I look pregnant or just fat!" If you've caught yourself saying this that's probably because you're in your first trimester when your baby bump isn't fully fledged but you're looking bigger around the middle. It's a period of limbo when it's too soon for maternity clothes but your regular clothes feel a little tight.

Try clothes with an empire-line, which is a flattering style at this stage. Or try a maternity waistband extender to loosen off tighter clothing (you'll soon wish you had one for after Christmas dinner!).

"My partner doesn't fancy me anymore!"Just because you're pregnant, it doesn't mean you've lost your sex appeal. You might be worried about how your partner feels about your changing body shape or you might be feeling too exhausted to do anything but collapse into bed at night and fall asleep! The key to getting your sexual confidence back is to talk to your partner. Tell him how you feel, find out how he feels and work out what's right for you both - if you're not in the mood for sex, why not try a massage instead?

"I feel hot, sweaty and horrible!" Hot flushes and the sweats can be an unfortunate part of pregnancy, but there's a lot you can do to cool down. If you're pregnant in the summer months wear loose clothing made from cotton or linen and try products such as fans and cooling sprays for a fresher feeling!


We hope you learn to love your bump - it really is amazing to think what your body can do. Growing another person is really quite an achievement, so when you're feeling all round, just try and see that you're an all-round superwoman!



Read more like this:
A-Z of common pregnancy niggles
The recipe for healthy eating
Top tips for an active pregnancy
Baby on board: Our guide to bump-friendly travel
Pregnancy symptoms

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Body confidence with a bump

Achieve top-to-toe body confidence with your growing bump

Body confidence with a bump

Lots of women adore their growing bumps, and can even miss them when the baby finally arrives. If that's you then brilliant!

However, for others, no matter how "glowing" people say you look, this might not be how you feel on the inside. But it's inevitable that your body will go through lots of changes during pregnancy, so we want to help you embrace them and grow to love your changing shape.

Of course, it's not just your body that's changing. You'll also have lots of feelings and emotions about your pregnancy, the birth and of course, life with your new arrival. So, basically, it's all change!

Body confidence

Many of us spend a huge amount of time and effort trying to influence our body shape. So, as your pregnancy body grows, it's easy to feel as though you've completely lost control of your changing shape. With this in mind, here are our tips to feeling "swell" about your growing bump:

1. What's on the inside?

Remembering what's happening on the inside may help you to feel better about what's happening on the outside! Next time you look in the mirror, remind yourself that your body is doing quite miraculous things, and all for good reason:

  • Some of the additional fat you gain is just your body's way of preparing for breastfeeding
  • Gaining weight is healthy - in fact, not gaining enough weight can lead to problems, so an expanding you is a healthy you, but within limits as you don't need to eat for two!
  • It's good to stay active during pregnancy - it will make you feel better and it helps to prepare your body for labour and birth
  • In the later stages of your pregnancy, it's good to bond with your baby, so talk to your bump or play music to it - it will help you to focus on what your pregnancy is all about - not the reflection staring back at you!

2. Bare all

A great way to get to love your new shape is to take a good look at it. Your body will change almost daily during your pregnancy so strip off and study yourself from all angles. If you take a good look in the mirror you'll realise there are many positive changes going on - glossier hair, great skin, bigger boobs - and this is your time to show them off to the world (although we suggest putting your clothes back on first!)

3. Big yourself up

You're physically getting bigger and it's time to also think bigger! Don't try and compare yourself to how you looked before you became pregnant. Embrace the new you and let your inner confidence shine through!

4. Hang up your body hang-ups

If you've got a pregnancy niggle that you can't shake off, you're not alone. Most pregnant women have similar confidence wobbles during their pregnancy, but here are some feel-good fixes to help you bounce back.

"I'm not sure if I look pregnant or just fat!" If you've caught yourself saying this that's probably because you're in your first trimester when your baby bump isn't fully fledged but you're looking bigger around the middle. It's a period of limbo when it's too soon for maternity clothes but your regular clothes feel a little tight.

Try clothes with an empire-line, which is a flattering style at this stage. Or try a maternity waistband extender to loosen off tighter clothing (you'll soon wish you had one for after Christmas dinner!).

"My partner doesn't fancy me anymore!"Just because you're pregnant, it doesn't mean you've lost your sex appeal. You might be worried about how your partner feels about your changing body shape or you might be feeling too exhausted to do anything but collapse into bed at night and fall asleep! The key to getting your sexual confidence back is to talk to your partner. Tell him how you feel, find out how he feels and work out what's right for you both - if you're not in the mood for sex, why not try a massage instead?

"I feel hot, sweaty and horrible!" Hot flushes and the sweats can be an unfortunate part of pregnancy, but there's a lot you can do to cool down. If you're pregnant in the summer months wear loose clothing made from cotton or linen and try products such as fans and cooling sprays for a fresher feeling!

We hope you learn to love your bump - it really is amazing to think what your body can do. Growing another person is really quite an achievement, so when you're feeling all round, just try and see that you're an all-round superwoman!

Read more like this:

A-Z of common pregnancy niggles
The recipe for healthy eating
Top tips for an active pregnancy
Baby on board: Our guide to bump-friendly travel

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