There is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to a baby bump, and this mother’s side-by-side photo proves it.
Laura Mazza, who is currently pregnant with her third child, recently shared photos of herself at 14 weeks pregnant and at 9 weeks pregnant. Just by looking at the two photos it’s not clear which is which. And that’s exactly the point.
When Mazza was pregnant with her first child she thought she was “huge.”
Mazza wrote how she truly believed she was extra large during her first pregnancy. She even wore Spanx to a wedding to hide her stomach.
“I was embarrassed at how bloated I looked,” she wrote. “I spent time hiding my stomach even though people knew I was pregnant.”
She even remembered feeling embarrassed that her bump was considered small when compared to others. To top it all off, she had people telling her that once the baby was born she’d have to work hard to regain her pre-pregnancy body.
“I look back and that makes me sad.”
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By the time Mazza was pregnant the second time she wrote how people would ask her if she was having twins. She was not pregnant with twins, but even so, the size of a woman’s bump is no one’s concern.
Currently, Mazza is pregnant with her third child and roughly 9 weeks along. This time around her bump is much more visible than it was when she was 14 weeks pregnant with her first child.
Mazza’s bump during her third pregnancy is more noticeable than her previous pregnancies.
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Her physical appearance is not the only thing that’s different this time around. Her attitude towards her baby bump has changed as well.
There’s no muscles in there, I didn’t lose the baby weight after the first kid, nor the second, and after this kid I won’t rush to lose the weight after this one either. The baby is a size of a pea, and in there’s some noodles, some banana lollies and about a kilo of watermelon… doesn’t look like a bump should at 9 weeks, but I don’t care. I won’t hide my little pouch. It’s growing a baby and I should be proud of it.
Mazza makes an extremely valid point—her body, like all mothers’, has been through so much, and being concerned with the size of her bump would do her body an “injustice.”
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She wrapped up her Facebook post with one last call out to those who feel the need to comment on the size of a woman’s baby bump, “The only time you should worry if something is too big or too small, is the cake and flowers you’re gonna buy her for being such an amazing human being.”