18 Weeks Pregnant | Feeling Pretty

And just like that, 18 weeks pregnant has come and gone!  (19 weeks tomorrow!)  As you see, I’ve titled this post, “Feeling Pretty,” but itz not in a narcissistic‎ way.  Actually, itz quite the opposite.  Let me explain.  On Saturday I had my ten-year high school reunion.  Naturally, I wanted to look good.  Like always, I procrastinated in finding an outfit, and it wasn’t until the day before where I was raiding my mom’s and sister’s closets.  Feeling like nothing looked good, I was getting a little frustrated.  Hello growing belly (and body)!

Inserting my 18 week baby bump picture here to break up this text heavy story.

18 weeks

Pregnancy is not just about a growing belly.  In fact, I know in that department I’m small compared to some.  However, the other parts of me aren’t feeling so small.  And itz not just a feeling as my pants are fitting way tighter…. and not just in the waist.  When I gain weight, itz usually in my legs and boobs first, so itz no surprise that has happened thus far.  I think part of it is coupled with the fact that I haven’t been working out for the past four months, and working out is something that makes me feel good, not just physically, but emotionally, too.  I’ve always worked hard for my body, and felt pretty confident about it.

Let me say, I am over the moon happy to be pregnant and if I gain an ungodly amount of weight with a healthy baby, I am totally fine!  I’m just keeping it real with y’all and talking about body image as itz something that’s been on my mind lately.  I’m also aware that this is just the beginning of my growing pregnant body, and I have no doubt in my mind that Baby Itz will be worth every single second (and pound!) of it!  The whole point of this tangent is that I decided to pamper myself the day of my reunion to remove the focus from my body and to help me feel pretty and confident.

I went to MAC Cosmetics and bought false eyelashes.  When you buy them there, they apply them and do your eye makeup free of charge, and let me tell you: itz so worth the seventeen dollars that the lashes cost!  Plus, you can reuse them a few times, double bonus.  I instantly began to feel better, and then headed to Preston Salon Spa to have my hair curled.  While this is clearly not something I will do on a weekly basis, it felt good for the evening.  I mean, who doesn’t love getting pampered?

If you’re having a not-so-hot day regarding looks (hey, itz ok to focus on looks once in awhile, just don’t get obsessed!), go out and treat yourself.  It will do wonders for you and your self-esteem.  Itz not a long term solution, but it might give you a little boost like it did me.  And that’s worth it.  You’re worth it.

Alright, now for the baby deets:

Baby Itz: 18 Weeks

Baby’s size? Mango. <– Oops, I was wrong. Itz actually a sweet potato.

Maternity clothes? No, but leggings are awesome.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Sleep has been good!  I’ve been really tired, so sleep has been nice.

Best moment this week: Getting pampered and feeling even better after my sister took my baby bump pictures this week.  See picture below to see why.

Miss anything? Intense workouts.

Movement: Nah.  Come on, Baby Itz, kick me and kick me hard!

Food Cravings: No.  Maybe they will come later?  I love food, but I’ve never been like, “Oh my gosh, get me a _____ NOW!”

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.

Gender: NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!

Labor Signs: None.

Symptoms: Nothing, nothing.

Belly Button – in or out?  In.

Wedding Rings – on or off? On!

Happy or Moody? Happy! Especially with these pictures.

Looking Forward To: Showing you the picture below!  So after getting my lashes, makeup, and hair done on Saturday, I did what any normal girl would do: I washed my face using a washcloth as to not disturb my false lashes and hoped my hair would stay relatively curled throughout my night’s sleep.  Sunday morning I woke up and hung around my house in my pajamas, fake lashes, and curled hair.  It was fun.  Then I headed to my sister’s house for her to take my bumpdate picture that you saw at the beginning of this post.  Stephanie wanted to take a more bare picture of me, and while I was hesitant, I trusted her because she is always usually right and has mad photography (and editing) skills.  I’ll admit, I felt really good (yes, a little narcissistic) when she sent me the picture.

18 weeks preg

photo by Stephanie Cotta Photography

Big thanks to Stephanie for helping to make me feel pretty again and for Jonny, as always, for never caring what I look like (as most days I lounge in pj’s, sans showering makeup or any care about my appearance).  I love you both and the rest of my family and friends for always being incredibly supportive.

While this post does not show it, I really do know that itz about what’s on the inside that counts.  I do.  I could ramble on and on about body image and pregnancy, especially after struggling for so long to get pregnant, but this post is lengthy enough.  I’m extraordinarily blessed and fortunate to be growing Baby Itz and I wouldn’t change a darn thing about it.

What do you do to pamper yourself?

46 thoughts on “18 Weeks Pregnant | Feeling Pretty

  1. Linz! What a fantastic post. Yes, we need to not shy away from those moments when we feel AWESOME… Unfortunately many of us don’t have enough moments like that. Your photos are stunning and I am totally taking this post as my mirror motivation to encourage more self love and appreciation. Xoxo

  2. I completely understand how you have these thoughts about gaining weight! Of course those thoughts are going to come, but you have a great belief about it and happiness to be pregnant and gain whatever weight God wants you to! I loveee that picture your sister took! Holy cow you are beautiful and that’s precious! I’m already thinking of the pregnancy photos she’ll be doing and how great those will be!

  3. It’s so hard to feel pretty when you are gaining weight and not feeling like yourself. But, girl, you look fab! And spending extra money on the things that make you feel good is definitely worth it at this time in your life.

  4. It’s normal to feel conscious about body image especially when pregnant but I LOVE that you are showing off that photo – you look AMAZING!

  5. I appreciate honesty more than a happy front! Body relationship is a valid and important thing to worry about to some degree! It’s definitely not narcissistic. I can totally relate to your recent struggles too and I’m only 15 weeks. Change is hard! But like you said its SO worth it!

  6. Lindz- you look amazing! You are someone who is always beautiful on the inside and on the out- now you just have double beauty!

  7. I think all women – whether or not they have been pregnant before – can relate to this post. Beautifully written, Linz! You are so gorgeous and have the correct mindset; it doesn’t matter how much you gain, just that you have a healthy babe 🙂

  8. What a gorgeous picture! You’re simply glowing. You’re right, pregnant or not, sometimes we just have to pamper ourselves. All women have days where we feel “blah” about the reflection! Glad you had the opportunity to gutted dolled up!

  9. This was such a wonderful post Linz and greatly appreciate your honesty! I think it’s awesome that you treated yourself to getting your make-up and hair done. It’s so nice to do that every once in a while. By the way, I love that last picture of you. It’s absolutely stunning!

  10. that photo is freaking GORGEOUS! it’s definitely not easy for women to just say “oh i’m pregnant i’m supposed to look like this.” i have a co-worker who definitely struggled with gaining weight during her pregnancy. it doesn’t make you ungrateful for the life growing inside of you, and in fact much of the time focusing on the body is something that your mind may be directing you toward if you’re stressed about something else like your future with the baby.

  11. No wonder you feel pretty; you look great 🙂 It’s funny, but since being pregnant and at my heaviest weight ever, I’ve felt prettier than I’ve ever felt. Well, most days. Ha ha! Hope you get to feel movement soon–it’s the most amazing thing!

  12. You look stunning! Seriously, so beautiful! I’m two weeks ahead of you, and my thighs have gotten huge. It’s my second baby so I knew it was coming, but it’s still hard to deal with sometimes. But I promise they go back to normal after baby comes. <3

  13. Oh my goodness, you are GORGEOUS! That last pregnancy photo of you is totally model status. I definitely get what you’re saying here though. Everything grows during pregnancy, and it can be a little tough to adjust to at times. I just kept reminding myself how SMART our bodies are and to trust it – that helped me a lot.

  14. When I was pregnant, I feel like around 18 weeks was the hardest because you aren’t big enough for maternity clothes really but your old clothes are too tight. Maternity clothes are the best things ever!! For my next pregnancy, I’m definitely going to start wearing them earlier.

  15. I know the feeling! It’s hard when your body is changing so much and you can’t really do some of the things that help give confidence and make you feel more like yourself (like with workouts). You know it’s a blessing and you know you are beautiful, but some days are still hard emotionally. Thanks for being so real and honest.

    PS – LOVE that black and white picture of you!

  16. Seriously, you glow every time I see a picture. 🙂 I know it is one thing to feel a certain way on the inside but to ‘look’ another way to the rest of us on the outside. (For the record, the ‘bare’ pregnancy pic your sister snapped is beautiful. It captures so much!)
    I know how it feels in regards to not working out for months/ trying to get pregnant/stay pregnant/ etc. After gaining 15# for my doctor, taking fertility drugs, then estrogen, etc, and not having worked out for 3 months on top of the 6 months before hand (except walking and light bike rides), continuing fertility drugs, getting pregnant with twins, then miscarrying, it all feels like a slap in the face. Then you feel soft and squishy with no babies to show for it. Now, I am 4 weeks post miscarriage and have started back up a less intense workout routine for my sanity. My Dr. gave me the okay and just said not to go overboard since we will start trying again next week.
    I guess what I am saying is that every situation in life is temporary and I have decided that to hell with what others may think on how I look, only I can control how I FEEL, THINK, LOOK, etc. Once I stopped caring about what other people thought, I felt free and happy. Life is too short to care about the trivial things. 🙂

  17. Linz, this is one of THE most beautiful posts ever!! I got chills reading it and seeing that pic. You are BEAUTIFUL.

    I love everything you said–and I love that you got pampered too 😉

    Pregnancy is tough, no matter how hard/how long you waited for it/wanted it. Growing a baby is hard. Seeing your body change is hard. And you’re handling it all beautifully! I love the way you put all of this.

    And yah, steph has mad photog skillzzzz

  18. You look great and I LOVE the photo that your sister took. It’s a bit bare, but still super tasteful and you look so happy in it, and I think with pregnancy photos, that’s the best way to look!

  19. First of all – I’m so glad I found your blog! I will be 13 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I’m over the moon! Congratulations, to you!! Those photos are gorgeous! Haters are going to hate no matter what you or I or anyone else does. I have a friend who was flabbergasted that I’d gained 5 pounds throughout my first trimester (note: I was training for a half marathon all summer, ran it at 5 weeks pregnant, and have since stopped running 20+ miles a week and do more like 5 instead..also, ya know, growing a human). As long as you are happy and you and baby are healthy that’s ALL that matters. I look forward to following your pregnancy journey!!

  20. I love your honesty! You make it so clear that you’re over the moon about baby itz, but regardless when your body is changing and your routine is thrown for a detour, it’s going to feel a bit different (good and bad). It’s obvious you’re not complaining and I know you’d do anything for your little mango in there 🙂

    On another note, I am so excited for you to find out the gender! I mean I want to know, but I feel like once you get the gender…you can just go wild! That is decorate the nursery, think of names, clothes…etc. More than enough to keep yourself busy I’m sure!

    GOOD FOR YOU TOO, for going to get pampered. You deserve it. I’m honestly just in awe of you. Instead of wallowing, you go out and get fake eyelashes…that’s the way to do it! You seriously get it.

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