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Hello all you pregnant mothers.

By posting comments on this forum you are agreeing to take part in my research on body image during pregnancy. I am a student from the University of Brighton putting together a research proposal in this area and am very interested on your comments on body image experiences during pregnancy.

Please indicate your age, stage of pregnancy and how many children you have previously had if applicable.

Feel free to express any body image concerns you may have, any comments you may have on exercise and eating habits during pregnancy, whether pregnancy has a had a positive or negative affect on your body image and if you feel there are societal pressures on pregnant women to conform to an ideal pregnant body.

Your assistance in compiling this research is much appreciated. Thank you!
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Name: clz0213 | Date: Jul 12th, 2012 10:45 PM
Hi, I'm 20 and about 9 weeks pregnant. I've had no children so far, so this is all new to me. I have an incredible fiance who supports me very well, yet my self image has dropped to rediculous lows. I notice I don't find myself attractive any more. I'm not even showing yet, but it is the hormones or something making me feel this way I suppose. I knit-pick little things about my appearance that have never bothered me before and it makes me insecure with my fiance and in public. I hate to imagine what will happen when I am really showing.

Exercise for me is impossible. I've been put on bed rest because of hemorrhaging and I think that doesn't help. My body is struggling to keep this baby it seems. I can't do anything without becoming completely spent, and as it is my doctor has ordered me not to work or stand for more than an hour at a time. My eating habits are great. I eat better than I ever have.

Society doesn't help the image at all. Of course, I spend a lot of time looking at the internet and magazines about babies and pregnancy. But the stereotypical pregnant woman they always show makes it look so beautiful and her body is perfectly shaped. Advertising like that has never affected me before, but now it gets to me in new ways. I wish I knew why.

Hope this helps in some way. 

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