BY ASHLEY

The Truth About Accepting and Loving My Pregnant Body

I had the privilege of working with the best team on my maternity shoot. This glam squad always knows how to make me feel beautiful, but I have to be honest, I haven’t gotten the whole warm and fuzzy feeling about my pregnant body being beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, I am so proud of my body and I’m so grateful to be able to create a home and grow my little one.

Don’t get me wrong, I am so proud of my body.”

However, seeing my body look so different is still a little startling to me. It’s like I don’t fully recognize myself and almost like an out-of-body experience. Thoughts like, “Is that really me?” come to mind. I think it comes down to body acceptance vs body love. I think that you can love your body, no matter what shape or form, but it’s the acceptance part that trips me up a little.

 

I popped pretty early in pregnancy, and I had people say “I think you’re farther along than you think”, “Are you having twins?”—all very invasive things. However, I brushed those comments off as I do with any type of criticism. I think change can be hard, but I continue each day saying I love you to my body because it’s doing so much, and it’s creating is a beautiful miracle. I have to let the ego-mind go and appreciate that my body can even do this. It’s letting go of my own needs because the needs of my baby are more important.

I don’t know what my body will be like after the baby comes, but I do know I’m going to give it time, let it heal, and take really good care of it. I wanted to share this because I’m sure that like a lot of other people, I felt ashamed that I was uncomfortable at first. Yet, it’s important to honor how you feel and understand that everyone has a different experience with pregnancy.

Xoxo

-Ashley

 

Photographer: Christian Hogstedt
Makeup: Jenna Kristina
Hair: Bridget Brager
Stylist: Erin Walsh

FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

 FRENSHE FRENSHE FRENSHE

BE WELL FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Shop Frenshe Approved

FRENSHE FILES

Ashley's Favorites: Shop the September Edit

Find out what Ashley's reaching for – shop skincare, self care must-haves and more.

LET'S GO

FRENSHE FILES

Recommended products from our Frenshe experts

Sometimes it's best to leave it to a pro.
Find out which products our go-to's in the wellness space can't live without.

LOVE TO SEE IT

MATCH MADE

Beauty for every budget and the best shelfies in the game

Do you love beauty and wellness dupes? Us too. We've curated our favorite finds, from saves to splurges.

MATCH ME!

nourish

reflect

connect

chill

Shop By Mood

Hey there, Frenshe

This platform was inspired by a desire to be authentic and REAL about mental health and wellness, and it's all made possible by you. We love our Frenshe community of amazing individuals choosing to make healthier choices for better all-around wellbeing, and can't wait to continue growing with you.