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How Does Social Media Affect Pregnant Women?

Pregnancy can be a really difficult time for body image. Even though your body is doing this amazing thing, it probably looks different than it ever looked before, and that might not always feel good to you. 
 
Read the article to learn how social media posts may affect your happy pregnancy journey. 

What happens on social media is that we often have, mostly celebrities, posting super sexy pregnancy pictures, as if their body hasn't changed at all except for an adorable bump. 

It's important to think about pregnancy in terms of what your body is busy doing - it is building a new life.

And that's not how most women experience pregnancy, and most women also don't have professional makeup artists and professional photographers, and chefs and personal trainers to keep their body looking a certain way during pregnancy. 

I think it's important to think about pregnancy in terms of what your body is busy doing - it is building a new life. And if you are thinking too much about the way your body looks when you're pregnant, you're really taking your focus away from what pregnancy is all about. But I think it's hard on social media when you get this message that you're supposed to be sexy and pregnant at the same time. And it's not your job to be sexy. 

I suggest staying away from the kind of people who sell you a certain image of what you're supposed to look like as a woman -- whether you’re pregnant or not.

In some ways, looking at social media when you’re pregnant is not so different than when you're not pregnant. I suggest staying away from the kind of people who sell you a certain image of what you're supposed to look like as a woman -- whether you’re pregnant or not. You can decide for yourself what's important for your body and what your body needs. 

The most important thing during pregnancy is not to be beautiful. It's to take care of yourself and to take care of your baby. And if you want to focus on your body, you can focus with gratitude for all the things it's doing, or with an attitude of curiosity about how it's changing. But it's not helpful to approach your body with judgment when your body is trying to do this amazing thing for you.

A lot of women find after delivery that their body is not as beautiful and sexy as it used to be before pregnancy. Does the social media make the situation worse?

Something to remember about bodies is that they change, they're always going to change.A lot of women feel like they want their body to look exactly the way it did before they had a baby. And I think it's important to accept that that's probably not going to happen, but it's OK. 

The most important thing during pregnancy is not to be beautiful. It's to take care of yourself and to take care of your baby.

Instead, we have a lot of people on social media who are saying things like, "Get your pre-baby body back and lose the baby weight, firm up and get sexy!" But when you've just had an infant, you're tired. And it's just not the time to spend all of your money on beauty products, or trying to starve yourself, or worrying about exercising compulsively or something like that. It's really not a healthy thing. 

When you see people who have gotten their pre-baby bodies right back it's either fake, or it's very rare. That’s just not how it works for most women.

If you want to use social media for support for your body image after you give birth, then you can follow women who are real about their bodies, who show you what pregnancy actually does in terms of changing a body, and who talk to you about feeling good and caring for yourself, instead of about trying to fit back into your old jeans. 

Your baby loves you so much, your baby does not care if you fit into your old jeans, your baby would much rather have you be healthy and happy the way you are.

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