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You probably see it every time you pick up a magazine at the supermarket – some pregnant celebrity who manages to stay super-thin for nine months except for a small bump, and who bounces right back to a size 0 seemingly days after the birth. Although that kind of weight gain is natural for some women, for other women it can be downright dangerous.
This is my first pregnancy and I have always been pretty thin and in shape. I have become hyper-aware of these pregnant models and celebrities and am constantly having to remind myself that there is airbrushing and genetics involved.
It's funny. I thought that I would be free of the media's push towards its own standards of beauty during pregnancy and grow more comfortable with my body. Not so! Guidelines of beauty for women at every age and stage of life are lurking around every corner. How very sad that is! Why can they not leave us alone?
I've pretty much decided that those in the media that push their standards of beauty onto us are just downright miserable. Therefore they try and make us feel inferior to these models and celebrities and in turn make us feel miserable.
Amelia: Wife to Ryan, Mama to Harleigh, with a boy on the way