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Maternity Photographer: Gaining Weight is Normal!

As a maternity photographer, I've witnessed countless maternity stories. If you've found me, you're probably in the midst of your pregnancy journey. So, I won’t waste your time by telling you what to prepare for. Instead, I'll focus on a common question I've encountered from my past clients, hoping to make your pregnancy process happier and easier.

Edmonton Maternity Photographer

"I've become so heavy." I've heard this from many moms, usually when I call them for the first time to discuss their maternity dress selection. Many of them express the same concern: "Can I still fit into your dresses? Will I look good if I've gained so much weight?"

To these moms, I always say, who doesn't gain weight during pregnancy? It's absolutely normal to gain weight or become larger (whether a lot or a little bit, depending on your DNA) than before. You are literally carrying another human inside your belly right now!

As the weeks progress, you'll find yourself getting heavier. Let me tell you, this is absolutely normal! I know you might have heard of famous models who have only gained 15lb throughout their entire pregnancy. That is their job, my babe! They are getting paid to work out 8 hours a day and eat extremely low calorie diets, sometimes even dangerously low. How do I know this? I used to work with a lot of models as a photographer. They are getting paid to do so.

I don’t know what your job is, but if you are not a doctor, would you blame yourself for not knowing how to perform surgery? If you are not a truck driver, would you blame yourself for not knowing how to drive a big truck? No, right? So why do you blame yourself for gaining more weight than a model?

I know some people have said, "Some of the girls in your portfolio look slim." Let me tell you, none of those tiny girls are at 38 weeks; they are all below 30 weeks. I'm pretty sure they look exactly the same as you at 38 weeks.

Most importantly, no one should judge you by your weight, including yourself. Yes, pregnancy is hard, it changes you, it makes you gain weight. But we love ourselves unconditionally, and you are still the same person your friends and family love.

Edmonton Maternity Photographer

You Can Still Get a Massage During Pregnancy

Taking care of your body is paramount during pregnancy. Almost every mom complains about lower back pain, but not all of them know that you can get parental massage. I know you might be thinking, how can I lie on my tummy to get a massage? You don’t have to. The certified therapist will address your issues and perform the right massage techniques to relax your limbs and your overwhelmed back.

Edmonton Maternity Photographer

Embracing the Emotional Rollercoaster

It's normal to experience a wide range of emotions during pregnancy, from excitement and happiness to anxiety and fear. Sometimes you feel like you're doing so well, growing a baby inside you. Other times, you feel like, "Why do I feel like this? I'm watching what I eat, but I'm still gaining weight."

That’s alright, and many moms experience the same thing too. Allow yourself to feel these emotions fully. Seek professional help if your feelings become overwhelming, as mental health is just as important as physical health.

As you navigate the ups and downs of pregnancy, remember that every experience is unique and valid. Embrace the changes in your body, the fluctuation of emotions, and the challenges that come your way. Seek support from loved ones and professionals when needed, and most importantly, be kind to yourself.

Your body is doing something miraculous, and it's okay to take it one day at a time. Embrace this journey with all its complexities, and cherish the moments of joy and anticipation. You are creating life, and that is a truly remarkable feat.

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