Pregnancy is beautiful, yes. But let’s be honest—it’s pretty weird to be in a body going through such dramatic changes. Whether you’re currently pregnant or just have vivid memories of it, we think you can probably relate to all the uncomfortable, wonderful, awe-inspiring ways your body shifts and transforms as your baby grows in those 40 weeks.

Here are some of the thoughts #TeamMotherly had as we observed our changing pregnant bodies:

1. “Are my feet getting bigger?”

2. “Wait, my hair is... BEAUTIFUL!”

3. “How much bigger am I really going to get?”

4. “Wow, my boobs are HUGE!”

5. “Why can't I paint my toenails anymore?



7. “Who knew that your knees could get fatter?”

8. “Why do my wrists hurt?”

9. “How will all of this ever go back to normal?”

10. “Is that a stretch mark? That’s not a stretch mark. Wait, is that a stretch mark?! That’s not a stretch mark…” [repeat a gazillion times].

11. “What is this weird line running up and down my belly?”

12. “Why do I have the weirdest belly button ever?”

13. “Was that a kick? I think it was a kick.”

14. “When will I start looking pregnant instead of just bloated?”

15. “Why is my nose always running?”

16. “My freckles are taking over!”

17. “When will this heartburn go away?”

18. “I am LOVING my skin. It actually is glowing.”

19. “My nails are so long and growing so quickly, it's awesome.”

20. “My toes are sausages.”

21. “[Looking at another pregnant friend] Why is her belly so compact and high?”

22. “Why have I developed a second layer of face?”

23. “Why am I breaking out?”

24. “I love feeling the kicks!”

25. “I have to pee. Again. And again. And again…”

26. “My back hurts. And my knees. And my pelvic bones… I think my teeth hurt too.”

27. “I love this bump and the future it means!”

I know it’s hard to believe this mama, but this season of pregnancy, and all the weird body things it brings, will be over before you know it. So take a deep breath, and marvel at how awesome you really are.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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