Pre Pregnancy Jeans

I adored being pregnant, which I know isn’t something everyone can say. I was fortunate enough to only be sick once in 9 months. My only real symptom was my completely insatiable need to sleep, which was almost verging on hibernation. 

As soon as I had a baby bump (may have been pasta bloat in fairness) I was straight into tight fitting maxi dresses and horizontal stripes – things I never would’ve dared wear previously, and I’ve seen friends do the same. Pregnancy seems to give women so much extra body confidence, to the point that I’ve heard women say they were at their most confident in their body whilst carrying their children, and who can blame them. 

You have to admire the female body. The ability to create and sustain another life, to nurture and grow and to carry that little person and keep him or her safe for 9 whole months. It’s nothing short of a miracle. 

We trust our bodies to do all of this because essentially that’s what they were designed for. Our skin is built to stretch as that baby grows bigger and stronger, our organs are able to adapt as they have less and less room inside us, our breasts change and develop as they prepare to produce food for this tiny little human being. Sometimes our feet and ankles swell due to the extra fluid in our bodies, we gain weight as we store extra blood and fat during the process and even our hair and nails can go through changes. And yet we forgive it all, in fact we embrace it in tight clothing and emphasise it with stripes because we are in awe of the miracle we are a part of. 

We feel confident in our bodies because there is such a beautiful reason for those extra pounds and swollen cankles. We are growing a little baby, so we get to sit down and eat an extra slice of cake whilst someone else lifts the heavy box that we have no business lifting. We get to embrace it as part of the whole experience. 

So I wonder why it is then, that five minutes or so after giving birth to a beautiful child, which in itself is pretty incredible, we berate ourselves for the flaws we were previously celebrating? 

Why do we look down at our stretched skin and expanded stomachs and not feel the same admiration for our bodies that we did previously? Suddenly we feel shame and hatred towards our body, the body that created and grew and nurtured that sweet baby in our arms now. 

My maxi dresses and stripes went to the back of the wardrobe in favour of baggy jumpers and maternity leggings. We want to hide our changed figures, seemingly forgetting all the incredible changes our body just went through and instead judging ourselves by how far away we are from fitting into our pre pregnancy jeans. 

So here’s my opinion: fuck your pre pregnancy jeans. 

Seriously, fuck them. 

Your body created a whole new person, it protected and sustained a whole new life and that is a pretty big deal. Yes, your body has now changed. You may have collected a few stretch marks, you may be carrying some extra weight. Your breasts may not be as pert as they used to be. You may be losing all the beautiful thick hair you held onto while pregnant, and you may have to cross your legs when you sneeze now. But you are so much more than all of that, you are so much more than those jeans. 

You are a mother, a protector, a queen and an absolute goddess for everything your body just accomplished, and you should be allowed to feel that way without worrying about your dress size. 

Because here’s the thing, it’s actually only you who cares. The rest of us can’t tell if the leggings you’re wearing are still maternity (so comfy!). The rest of us aren’t aware of how many pounds you weigh now versus how many you did before you conceived. The rest of us are probably just in awe of how well put together you seem, because as women we always see the positive in others but the negative in ourselves. 

Your partner is still in awe of you and your body which gave him a beautiful child, and he should be way too busy changing nappies to notice those silvery lines across your stomach anyway.

Your child will grow up to love you and cherish you as you are, and will never hold those extra pounds or squishy bits against you. 

Your friends and perhaps eventually your daughter will go on to have children and you will look at them with the same admiration we all look at you with. And when they give birth and get home and they reach for those pre pregnancy jeans you’ll tell them what you needed to hear back then. 

Fuck those jeans. 

Screw all the beauty standards that dictate women should immediately bounce back from the changes it took her body nine months to make. Shove the idea that my body should look exactly how it did pre baby up your arse because the very notion is ridiculous. Yes, your body has changed. You were part of something incredible and life will never be the same again, but if you change your perspective that can be such a beautiful thing. 

And if that hasn’t convinced you to leave those pre-baby jeans in your wardrobe them remember this – babies are sick a lot. And they poo, everywhere. Then they become toddlers with sticky fingers and snotty faces. Your nice, comfy, stretchy maternity leggings are much quicker to wash and dry, and that is most definitely a priority these days. 

Photography by Mr. Adam Robertson


  1. 4th October 2016 / 1:40 pm

    I love this! I have to admit that I hated almost everything about pregnancy, but I loved the new found respect it gave me for my body. I started to view it as a functional, beautiful thing, regardless of whether I fit into a size 10 dress. There’s no getting away from the fact that our bodies will never be the same again, but they’ve created something magical in the process, and what is there not to love about that? Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove – we’d love to see you back on Thursday!

    • 6th October 2016 / 10:41 am

      Exactly that, beaufiul and magical! Thanks so much for the feature lovely xx

  2. 4th October 2016 / 2:00 pm

    I will never say that I loved being pregnant my body was not built for it and I had a rough ride both time. But I definitely did embrace my figure and didn’t try to hide it away under baggy clothes. And after having both my girls, I didn’t go on any crazy diet or exercise to loose the weight. I just let it happen naturally and my body is now a different shape to what it was, but it one that I have come to accept. I grew my two girls and it is so worth it. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • 6th October 2016 / 10:53 am

      I think accepting the change and being ok with it can be really liberating. Sorry to hear you had a rough pregnancy. Thanks so much for hosting, I’ve loved being involved in this linky! Xx

  3. 6th October 2016 / 8:23 am

    I loved this. I enjoyed my pregnancy despite the morning sickness! It’s so true I loved my pregnant body, I honestly thought I was the bees knees and I wore stripy maxi dresses I would never wear before! haha I liked my body afterwards for a few months but admittedly now that we’re heading into summer here I’m keen to fit back into my old clothes. I need to be less harsh on myself. Thanks for sharing #sharingthebloglove

    • 6th October 2016 / 10:51 am

      Haha exactly that, striped maxi dresses all the way through for me! Wouldn’t dream of it now, isn’t that weird. Be kind to yourself, it’s hard but it’s worth the effort xx

  4. 6th October 2016 / 8:25 am

    Well said! I don’t wear my prepregancy jeans now anyway because even though they may fit (2 years and 2 kids later it been a long road) things aren’t in the same place they were before kids. I’m actually ok with that now. I was naive to think my body change like this. Like you say, why focus on something negatively you were previously celebrating?

    • 6th October 2016 / 10:51 am

      Exactly that! All those changes are beautiful things with an incredible purpose. Lovely to hear you’re ok with your body now! Xx

  5. 6th October 2016 / 10:12 am

    I so agree! I was a size 8 with a flat stomach and then I had three kids all between (8lb-9lb) in weight. I now have a stretched saggy tummy and bigger hips, but as you say the miracle our bodies go through creating and giving birth to tiny humans is amazing. Good on you. PS – love your Instagram. Sarah #SharingTheBlogLove

    • 6th October 2016 / 10:50 am

      totally amazing and beautiful, we should celebrate it way more than we do! Thank you so much lovely xx

  6. 6th October 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I love this – and love the photography even more, wow! I loved my body during pregnancy but hated the changes, it’s taken me a long time to come to terms with it x

  7. 6th October 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Good old leggings, you really can’t go wrong 😉 I realised when looking back at pre-pregnancy holiday photos that I had the body then that I want now. Yet I remember being on that holiday and looking in the mirror and not liking what I saw. My point is, we are our own worst critic and however we look we will always find fault. Silly human beings, why do we do it? I love your photos btw, they’re great! #SharingtheBlogLove

  8. 6th October 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Love this post. I human body is bloody incredible and we need to celebrate what we’ve grown and nurtured rather than concentrate on a number on a label!


  9. 6th October 2016 / 9:22 pm

    This is by far the best post I have ever read about the post-baby body. You are so right about flaunting those curves whilst pregnant, I loved tight clothes and proudly showed off my bump, now (2 years after my last baby) I still hide in baggy tops and stretchy jeans and leggings. After reading this though I’ll be walking taller and prouder tomorrow. You got it spot on about noticing the good in everyone but ourselves, why do we do that? I’m pinning this post so I can read it again next time I need another boost x

  10. 10th October 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Love this post! God love maternity leggings! I was also lucky with my first pregnancy and had a fairly smooth ride. I remember being desperate to wear bump-enhancing clothes because I didn’t show for quite a while. My opinion of my body isn’t so great now, but you’re right we have to remember we are all goddesses who have done an amazing job. x #SharingtheBlogLove

  11. 10th October 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Great post and congrats for being featured on #SharingtheBlogLove . I need to say that week after my labour I was trying my pre pregnancy jeans! Can you believe?

  12. 13th October 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Oh this is well timed for me. 5 months in I thought I would be back to normal – no idea why just it was so easy with the first. But having two I seem to have an undeniable desire for sugar!! Oh and jacket potatoes! I’m going to do the same sod the jeans!

  13. 1st January 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I hated pregnancy but your right we all show off the bump with pride. I felt horrendous after I’d given birth as my body was just so different and I couldn’t get my head around that. After a while I kind of had a revelation that actually of course it was different but that didn’t mean worse. I’d grown a huge baby inside my tiny frame and I was pretty proud of that. Still am 4 years on and once I accepted that it began to be a lot easier to like my body.

  14. 4th July 2017 / 9:04 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Going to share this on my page. So true.

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